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Monday, January 15, 2024   /   by Richard Eimers

ANTICIPATED MORTGAGE RATE DECLINE IN 2024: A POSITIVE OUTLOOK

In a promising development for 2024, the burden of high mortgage rates impacting the real estate market may be on the verge of easing.

During its December meeting, the Federal Reserve hinted at a positive shift, signaling an expected cut in its overnight rate in 2024. Analysts are optimistic, predicting a synchronized decline in mortgage rates [^5^].

Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist, Sam Khater, foresees a gradual improvement in the housing market in the coming year. With inflation decelerating and expectations of the Federal Reserve lowering the federal funds target rate, a thawing of the housing market is likely [^9^].

Already, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate has seen a decrease from its October peak of around 8%. Forecasts from Fannie Mae, the Mortgage Bankers Association, and Realtor.com align, projecting a trend towards lower rates in 2024, potentially ending the year closer to 6% [^7^].

However, it’s not an unmitigated positive; the era of 3% mortgages ...

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Monday, January 15, 2024   /   by Richard Eimers

NAVIGATING THE REAL ESTATE LANDSCAPE IN 2024

In the past year, a significant portion of home buyers and sellers observed from the sidelines, witnessing a decline in home sales momentum. This downturn, initiated by the Federal Reserve's interest rate hikes in 2022, coupled with soaring borrowing costs and record-breaking home prices, marked the most substantial real estate market deceleration since the 2008 recession [^2^].

The surge in home prices has priced out a generation of potential buyers, delaying their dreams of homeownership. Simultaneously, current homeowners, reluctant to relinquish their advantageous pandemic-era mortgage rates, have opted to wait, leading to a noticeable drop in property listings [^4^].

Hope is on the horizon, though. In December, the Federal Reserve signaled a halt to interest rate hikes and hinted at a potential 0.75% rate cut in the coming year. Although mortgage rates don't mirror the federal funds rate precisely, they often move in sync, suggesting the possibility of more affordable home l ...

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