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Is 2017 the Year to Move Up to Your Dream Home? If So, Do It Early!

John P.R. Lee

Experienced -  A top real estate agent licensed in Maryland and team leader of the Crawford & Lee Team serving Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC ...

Experienced -  A top real estate agent licensed in Maryland and team leader of the Crawford & Lee Team serving Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC ...

Feb 8 3 minutes read

Freddie Mac

While full employment and rising inflation are signs of a strong economy, they also have the potential to push mortgage rates and house prices up. The higher rates and higher prices create significant affordability concerns, which may continue to characterize the housing market for the rest of 2017.”


Lynn Fisher, Vice President of Research & Economics for the Mortgage Bankers Association

By the time we get to the fourth quarter of this year, we will still be under 5 percent – we are thinking 4.7 percent…Something north of 5 percent by the time we get to 2018, and by the time we get to 2019, we show fourth-quarter rates hitting 5.5 percent.”


Mark Fleming, First American’s Chief Economist

Despite some regional disparities, title agents and real estate professionals do not expect increasing mortgage rates to have a significant impact on the housing market this spring. Continued good economic news, increasing Millennial demand and confidence that buyers will remain in the market even if rates exceed 5 percent bode well for 2017 real estate.


Len Kiefer, Deputy Chief Economist for Freddie Mac

We will probably see rates higher at the end of year, around 4.5%.”


Bottom Line

If you are feeling good about your economic future and are considering making a move to your dream home, doing it sooner rather than later makes the most sense.

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