New Data Prompts Freddie Mac to Upgrade Forecast; Rates Hold Near Lows, But That Could Change
Freddie Mac's May Forecast continues to look for a downward trending interest on the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. The company's economists are project an average rate of 4.3 percent this year with a small increase to 4.5 percent in 2020. Coupled with a strong labor market, low unemployment, and "modest" wage growth, this should mean a steadily growing housing market this year. The forecast is for total housing sales, both new and existing, to slightly best the 2018 number of 5.96 million units, rising to 5.98 million. Existing home sales will account for 5.35 million of the total and new home sales for 630,000 units. Sales in 2020 are expected to be even better, at 6.14 million overall. Housing starts will be flat this year , with single-family starts gaining 0.01 million units to 0.88 million
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