Friday, 09 March 2018 10:17

Mortgage Rates are a Big Threat to Housing

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While some see the housing market as being in the middle of a long push upward, some see a lot of risks on the horizon as rates rise. In particular, mortgage rates look set to move strongly higher as the Fed keeps hiking rates. 30-year mortgage rates just hit a four-year high and are already hurting refinancings. Not only will the rates hurt new buyers, but they also keep people from moving, which could create bottlenecks in the system. The rise in rates is also challenging because home prices have risen sharply.

FINSUM: So the big point which counteracts all this negativity is that Millennials are entering their home-buying years, so there is a large pool of demand to support prices. The higher end of the market may be where things are weakest.

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