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Welcome to the First American Economic Center Blog, a top source for the latest housing market research and analysis driven by Chief Economist Mark Fleming.

What Triggered The Biggest Increase In House-Buying Power In Five Years?

By Mark Fleming on February 25, 2019

Housing affordability is a function of three economic drivers: nominal house prices, household income and mortgage rates. When incomes rise, consumer house-buying power increases. Declining mortgage rates or declining nominal house prices also increase consumer house-buying power. Our Real House Price Index (RHPI) uses consumer house-buying...

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

Interviews On NPR And Forbes.com: Discussing Millennial Homeownership And The 2019 Spring Home Buying Season

By FirstAm Editor on February 6, 2019

First American Deputy Chief Economist Odeta Kushi provided perspective on millennial homeownership in an interview with National Public Radio and Chief Economist Mark Fleming’s expectations for the spring home buying season were featured in a Forbes.com article earlier this month.

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

Where Is The Housing Market Cooling The Most?

By Mark Fleming on January 28, 2019

Throughout 2018, consistent growth among three driving forces – mortgage rates, household income, and unadjusted house prices – defined the housing market. These three factors are also the core metrics that comprise the Real House Price Index (RHPI). November 2018 was no exception, as household income, mortgage rates, and the unadjusted house...

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

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, In The News, Interest Rates, Millennials, Affordability, 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, In The News, Interest Rates, Millennials, Affordability

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

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