How Ben Carson and HUD Can Begin to Solve America’s Housing Affordability Crisis

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Image via Wikimedia Commons This afternoon Dr. Ben Carson, the newly-confirmed Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), addressed his staff, observing that because of its scope, the department was well-positioned to influence the country very broadly. On this point, we couldn’t agree more. Income inequality and a shortage of affordable housing are at the worst levels … Read More

Mortgage Rates Are Back Down: Why They’ll Stay Low

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Mortgage rates were down this week, averaging 4.09 percent for a 30-year, fixed-rate loan, down from 4.12 percent last week. Last year at this time, the rate was 3.81 percent, according to Freddie Mac . What’s going on? Immediately after Donald Trump’s unexpected victory in the presidential election, mortgage rates jumped, with the 30-year fixed climbing as high as 4.32 … Read More

Rising Mortgage Rates: Homebuyers Are More Resilient Than You Might Think

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Last week, the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 4.16 percent , while the Federal Reserve raised the federal funds rate for the first time in a year, and only the second time this decade. How does this affect homebuyers? Redfin is on the record predicting that in 2017, rates won’t average above 4.3 percent for the year , as … Read More

The Fed Raised Rates, So What Will Happen With Mortgages?

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Mortgage rates were up this week, averaging 4.16 percent for a 30-year, fixed-rate loan, up from 4.13 percent last week. Last year at this time, the rate was 3.97 percent, according to Freddie Mac . As recently as late October, the 30-year fixed was at 3.47 percent, so the current rate does mark a notable hike. And just on Wednesday, … Read More

Mortgage Rates Are Up. What Does that Mean for Housing?

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Mortgage rates shot up this week, averaging 3.94 percent for a 30-year, fixed-rate loan, up from 3.57 percent last week. Last year at this time, rates were 3.97 percent, according to Freddie Mac . What does this mean for homebuyers and homeowners going forward? That’s not as clear. “The new Trump administration’s economic plan has the potential to have long … Read More

Why America Needs a Disruptive Housing Policy

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Dear President Clinton, Congratulations on your historic victory. Though America’s growing housing crisis was largely absent from the election campaign, I am excited to turn to a new chapter in housing policy.   Five years ago, I would have read your plan to “revitalize communities left behind ” and cheered.  In your housing plan are several proposals that advocate for … Read More

Why Homebuilders Can’t—or Won’t—Meet Housing Demand

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You’re finally ready to buy a house. Got a decent down payment in the bank, a solid credit history and even a preapproval from a lender. You’re golden. Except you can’t find a house. At least not one you really love that’s in your price range. Something about a lack of inventory in your market. Apparently, there are just not enough houses … Read More

Mortgage Rates: They May Go Up in 2017

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Mortgage rates were up this week, averaging 3.52 percent for a 30-year, fixed-rate loan, up from 3.47 percent last week. This is the first time in four months the rate has been above 3.50 percent. Last year at this time, rates were 3.70 percent, according to Freddie Mac . A consensus is growing on what may happen in the near … Read More

Mortgage Rates: Housing is Getting Stronger, But Rates Will Stay Low

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Mortgage rates inched down this week, averaging 3.48 percent for a 30-year, fixed-rate loan, dropping from 3.50 percent last week. Last year at this time, rates were 3.86 percent, according to Freddie Mac .   Yesterday, in a much-anticipated meeting, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) decided to keep the Federal funds rate unchanged in a contested vote, with three of ten members … Read More

Mortgage Rates: Homebuyers Might Not Need to Depend on Cheap Borrowing Anymore

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Mortgage rates rose this week, averaging 3.50 percent for a 30-year, fixed-rate loan, up from 3.44 percent last week. Last year at this time, rates were 3.91, according to Freddie Mac . But the real news for homeowners and homebuyers came on Tuesday, when the Census Bureau released its annual report on Income and Poverty in the United States . In an unambiguously positive turn, the … Read More