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Millennials vs. Interest Rates

Even with interest rates going up, millennials are still taking out loans for new homes, according to Ellie Mae. The Ellie Mae Millennial Tracker found that 83 percent of mortgage loans made to millennial buyers were for new home purchases, ...

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Fannie Mae’s Mark Palim on the State of Housing

As a Deputy Chief Economist at Fannie Mae, Dr. Palim is responsible for overseeing the Economic and Strategic Research Group’s forecasting functions. He also manages multi-disciplinary partnerships across the company to address specific business issues facing Fannie Mae. Dr. Palim ...

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Rising Rates to Impact Homebuyers

On Wednesday, after Jerome Powell's first Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting as Fed Chair, the Federal Reserve announced that it had increased the Fed funds rate by a quarter point at a target of 1.5 percent to 1.75 percent. ...

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The Week Ahead: Interest Rates Rising Again?

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors Board of Governors are set to convene on Tuesday at 9 a.m. EST, kicking off the latest two-day FOMC meeting. The Board of Governors meet eight times a year ...

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Fed’s Beige Book Builds Case for Further Rate Hikes

On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve released its latest edition of the Summary of Commentary on Current Economic Conditions, more commonly known as the Beige Book. The Book is published in advance of each meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee, ...

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Are Homes More Affordable Than We Thought?

The housing market is feeling the squeeze as high prices, low inventory, and high demand all butt up against each other, making it difficult for many potential homebuyers to find a house of their own (or at least one they ...

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Powell Doubles Down on “Further Gradual” Interest Rate Hikes

On Tuesday, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell made his first appearance before Congress since being sworn into the role. Remarking on the strengthening U.S. economy, Powell told Congress that “some of the headwinds the U.S. economy faced in previous years ...

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For 2018 Forecast, Freddie Mac Looks to the Past

Freddie Mac has released its February Insight report, which “looks into the effects of higher mortgage rates on home buyers, homeowners wishing to refinance, mortgage lenders, home builders and real estate agents.” For this latest Insight report, Freddie Mac economists ...

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Fed Minutes: More Interest Rate Hikes Incoming

The minutes from the January meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee were released on Wednesday, showing Federal Reserve officials forecasting increased economic growth and inflation. Both factors led the Fed officials to stand firm on their plans to gradually ...

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