mortgage rates Archive

Instant Reaction: Lawrence Yun on Today’s FOMC Statement

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to the Federal Reserve’s decision today to raise short-term interest rates: “We are still in the middle innings of rising interest rates; consumers should expect another three or four rounds of interest...

Instant Reaction: Lawrence Yun on Today’s FOMC Statement

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to the Federal Reserve’s decision today to raise short-term interest rates: “We are in the middle innings of monetary policy normalization. Interest rates that the Fed directly controls – the federal...

Instant Reaction: Lawrence Yun on Today’s FOMC Statement and 2018 Outlook for Mortgage Rates

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to the Federal Reserve’s decision today not to raise short-term rates, as well as how monetary policy the rest of the year will influence mortgage rates: “The Fed will not be on...

NAR’s 2018 Housing and Economic Forecast

NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun presented his 2018 economic and housing forecast this morning here at the 2017 Realtors® Conference and Expo in Chicago. Yun expects existing-home sales to rise 3.7 percent next year. However, there are some caveats. Low...
November 3, 2017

NAR 2017 Home Sales Forecast Downgraded

Blame supply and affordability headwinds and Hurricane Harvey damage in Houston for August’s 2.6 percent decline in pending home sales. In the video below, I chat with NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun about why sales have stalled in recent...
September 27, 2017

Instant Reaction: Lawrence Yun on Today’s FOMC Statement

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s thoughts on today’s announcement by the Federal Reserve to start unwinding their balance sheet in October, and what that will mean for mortgage rates through 2018: “As the Federal Reserve indicated...
September 20, 2017

January Existing-Home Sales: A Nice Start to the Year

Mortgage rates have shot up 38 basis points since last November’s cyclical existing sales peak of 5.60 million. One would think that would translate into a dip in sales activity at the beginning of 2017. Today’s report shows that...
February 22, 2017

Existing-Home Sales Dip in December

A dip in existing sales activity in December (2.8 percent) was not enough to keep 2016 from being the strongest year of sales (5.45 million) in exactly a decade. During this morning’s press conference, Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist,...
January 24, 2017

Lawrence Yun on Housing and the Economy in 2017

It’s hard to believe 2016 is coming to an end. Three things rose over the past year: mortgage rates, existing-home sales and home prices. What’s in store for 2017? Watch my discussion from earlier this week with NAR Chief...
December 29, 2016

Instant Reaction: Lawrence Yun on Today’s FOMC Decision

Below is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s immediate reaction to the Federal Open Market Committee’s (FOMC) announcement this afternoon that it’s raising its benchmark interest rate for the first time in 2016: “The era of ultra-low interest rates is...
December 14, 2016