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What Happens When Interest Rates Rise?

RISMEDIA, Saturday, June 22, 2013

graphic of interest rate arrows pointing upwardFreddie Mac recently released its U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook for June showing the effects rising interest rates are having on certain markets around the country and the overall housing recovery. A short preview video and the complete June 2013 U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook are available here.

Outlook Highlights

Interest rates for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages have risen about 0.5 percentage points over the past several weeks and are expected to hover around 4.0 percent during the second half of 2013.

With rising mortgage rates, expect a sharp decline in refinance volume in the second half of this year; refinance originations are expected to total about $1.1 trillion in 2013, down from $1.5 trillion in 2012.

At today’s house prices and income levels, mortgage rates would have to be nearly 7 percent before… Read more

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