2007 Median Prices May Remain Flat, But Mortgage Rates May Rise

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The Mortgage Bankers Association expects the interest rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage to jump from 6.2 percent to 6.5 percent by the end of the third quarter, as investors lose hope that the Federal Reserve will slash short-term rates any time soon.

The MBA Chief Economist
expects existing-home price appreciation to slow "significantly" over the next three years, and that median prices should remain relatively flat for new and existing homes. Price gains for both types of housing are expected to be limited to about 2 percent in 2008 and 2009.

Inman News, Jan. 17,2007

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