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Interviews On CNBC And Yahoo! Finance: Discussing The 2019 Mortgage Rate Outlook, Millennials and Student Debt, And Baby Boomers And Limited Housing Supply

By FirstAm Editor on January 18, 2019

First American Chief Economist Mark Fleming was interviewed on both CNBC and Yahoo! Finance earlier this week and discussed the outlook for mortgage rates in 2019, the impact of student debt on millennial first-time home buyers and how baby boomers aging in place is limiting housing supply.

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Topics: Housing, Interest Rates, Millennials, Affordability, In The News, Baby Boomers

Interview On CNBC: Discussing The 2019 Housing Market Outlook

By FirstAm Editor on January 4, 2019

First American Chief Economist Mark Fleming was interviewed on CNBC earlier this week and shared his perspective on today’s housing market and the outlook for 2019.

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Topics: Housing, Interest Rates, Millennials, Affordability, In The News

How Does A Strong Economy Slow The Housing Market?

By Mark Fleming on December 21, 2018

For the second consecutive month, all three key drivers of the Real House Price Index (RHPI), household income, mortgage rates, and the unadjusted house price index, increased compared with a year ago. The 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage and the unadjusted house price index increased by 0.9 percentage points and 7.3 percent respectively. Even...

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Topics: Real House Price Index, Affordability, Insider, Interest Rates

What Does An Inverted Yield Curve Mean For The Housing Market?

By Mark Fleming on December 12, 2018

Last week, the yield curve inverted, meaning the yield on short-run Treasury bonds exceeded the yield on long-run Treasury bonds, which prompted increased speculation that a recession may be on the horizon. The speculation is rooted in the historical correlation between yield curve inversions and recessions, which have occasionally followed one...

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Topics: Housing, Affordability

Why Is Real House Price Appreciation Accelerating?

By Mark Fleming on November 26, 2018

In September, all three of the key drivers of the Real House Price Index (RHPI),  household income, mortgage rates, and an unadjusted house price index, increased compared with a year ago. When household income rises, consumer house-buying power increases. When mortgage rates and house prices increase, consumer house-buying power decreases. The...

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Topics: Real House Price Index, Affordability, Insider, Interest Rates

Interview On CNBC: Discussing The New Normal For The Housing Market

By FirstAm Editor on November 23, 2018

First American Chief Economist Mark Fleming was interviewed on CNBC earlier this week and discussed the current dynamics at play in the housing market where rising mortgage rates have impacted both supply and demand.

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Topics: Housing, In The News, Interest Rates, Affordability, Millennials

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