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Will Fintech Adoption Among Real Estate Professionals Accelerate In 2019?

By Mark Fleming on November 27, 2018

Throughout 2018, we’ve seen many trends that set the groundwork for the acceleration of financial technology (fintech) adoption. It has been a strong seller’s market across the top U.S. metropolitan areas. With inventory low and house prices at historic highs, prospective home buyers felt pressured to settle deals quickly before opportunities...

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Topics: fintech, eClosing, Remote online notarization, chat bots, Real Estate Sentiment Index, Housing, Interest Rates

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

Do Rising Rates Outweigh The Impact Of The Strong Economy On Housing Market Potential?

By Mark Fleming on November 19, 2018

While the housing market continues to underperform its potential by 6.5 percent, the gap between actual existing home sales and the market potential for home sales narrowed by 1 percent in October compared with September, according to our Potential Homes Sales model. The housing market has the potential to support more than 391,000 additional...

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Topics: Potential Home Sales, Interest Rates, homeownership, Federal Reserve, Insider

Why The Housing Market Can Thrive At 5 Percent Mortgage Rates

By Mark Fleming on November 12, 2018

Last week, the 30-year, fixed mortgage rate hit a seven-and-a-half-year high of 4.86 percent. Most experts believe mortgage rates will continue to rise, reaching 5 percent in 2019.

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Topics: Affordability, Federal Reserve, Interest Rates, Insider

How Wage Growth Reduced The Sting Of Rising Rates On Affordability

By Mark Fleming on October 29, 2018

Understanding the dynamics that influence consumer house-buying power, how much home one can buy based on changes in income and interest rates, provides helpful perspective on the housing market. When incomes rise, consumer house-buying power increases. When mortgage rates or nominal house prices rise, consumer house-buying power declines. Our...

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

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