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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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FOMC: Economy Strong Enough to Raise Interest Rates

The Federal Open Market Committee voted Wednesday to raise interest rates for the second time this year to 1-1.25 percent, a move that was widely expected amongst economists and industry professionals and described as “prudent” by FOMC Board of Governors Chair Janet Yellen. Back in March, they voted to increase the rate a modest quarter of a point to maintain the Fed’s goal of maximum employment and market stability. The FOMC is of the opinion that waiting too long to scale back accommodations could potentially cause a rapid increase in rates, which could disrupt the market and send the economy into another recession.

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Mortgage Interest on the Decline for Second Straight Month

The Federal Housing Finance Agency has conducted its monthly interest rate survey for 4,437 loans closed during the last five business days in April across 17 lenders, and has reported a decline by 14 to 15 basis points across all mortgage interest rates. The average loan amount has also seen a slight drop of $1,100 after experiencing a spike in March. And while average loan amounts fluctuate from one month to the next, interest rates have been dropping since February.

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