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U.S. Economic Outlook: February 2016

Rental Apartments in Demand: Rent Growth and Low Vacancy Drive New Development

Frank Nothaft    |    Housing Trends, Videos

If you have looked at the rental apartment market recently, whether to rent an apartment yourself or to invest in a building, you likely noticed that apartments are more expensive and less widely available than a few years ago.  That’s the case in most metro areas throughout the country, namely that rents are up and vacancy rates down, and these trends are clear...

How High Will Interest Rates Go in 2016?

Federal Open Market Committee Has the Answer

Frank Nothaft    |    Mortgage Performance

Now that the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) has dipped its toe in the rate increase water, are they more likely to wade in slowly or jump in? Each quarter, the FOMC provides its economic projection and details on each of the 17 members’ view on the level of the federal funds rate[1], with the last projection having been...

U.S. Economic Outlook: January 2016

Equity and Mortgage Debt: The Yin and Yang of Property Ownership

Frank Nothaft    |    Mortgage Performance, Videos

CoreLogic Economic Outlook Video January 2016

It’s common for a homebuyer to use both a down payment and a mortgage loan to acquire their home, in other words, a combination of equity and debt. As home prices rise and loans amortize, equity grows and debt shrinks. But if home prices fall, equity can be wiped out, leaving an owner with debt that exceeds the home’s value.

Fortunately, home prices in...

CoreLogic U.S. Economic Outlook- December 2015

Peering into 2016: The Outlook for Housing

Frank Nothaft    |    Mortgage Performance, Videos

As we approach the start of 2016, the consensus view among economists is that economic growth will continue and the U.S. will enter an eighth consecutive year of expansion in the second half of next year. Most forecasts place growth at between 2 and 3 percent during 2016, creating enough jobs to exert downward pressure on the national unemployment rate. If such macroeconomic...

Demographic Bulge to Drive Long-term Home Sale and Rental Markets

Millennials & Babyboomers Will be Strong Tailwinds Going Forward

Frank Nothaft    |    Housing Trends

large demographic tailwind has arrived

Demographic forces will power housing demand in coming years as the millennial cohorts come into prime ages for forming households and buying first or second homes. The housing market has begun to feel the effects of this trend and the aging of the second largest cohort—the baby boomers.

Census Bureau data shows that during 2014, the largest single-age group of younger...

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