Mortgage rates

Brace for impact

Now is a good time to brace yourself for the impact of higher rates.  We have been discussing the artificially low rates for quite sometime and it looks like the path to normalization has begun.  Take a look at this chart of rates, with a clear path for the 10-year bond to move closer to […]

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Let’s wait and see

Let’s wait and see how a variety of factors shape the real estate market as we finish 2017 and move into 2018.  Today we will discuss a few of them. Wait and see if rates rise We are now in the 8th year of the so-called “economic recovery” and the 10-year treasury rate remains below […]

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What happens when the training wheels come off?

For the past seven years, abnormally low interest rates have served as “training wheels” for the U.S. economy.  They have propelled stocks, bonds and real estate prices higher.  Under normal interest rate policy, the markets would not have reached these levels without better fundamentals.   Higher interest rates may be just one of the many […]

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Why is real estate transaction volume dropping when mortgage rates are still so low?

How is transaction volume dropping when mortgage rates are so low?  We have been charting the transaction volume throughout South Florida and today we will look at the sale of houses and condo properties in the Greater Fort Lauderdale /  Broward County residential real estate market. Transaction volume in Broward County Our first chart today […]

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