Greg Englesbe Real Estate

A ‘collapse’ in U.S. home prices is on the horizon, economist says

Home affordability in the United States has become unattainable for large segments of the population in 2022 thanks to high mortgage rates, inflation, housing scarcity and prices that were driven up by the historically low home loan rates seen during the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic. The housing market this year has been […]

Gregory Englesbe

U.S. mortgage rates top 7%, highest in 20 years, as home sales decline

The U.S. housing market has entered territory not seen since the turn of the century, with the 30-year mortgage rates pushing up to 7.16% this week. The last time it crossed that plane was 2001. For months, the Fed has been hiking interest rates in an effort to curb inflation, including the soaring home prices […]

Greg Englesbe

U.S. Housing Market Gives Mixed Signals as Nation Battles Inflation

Watching the appreciation of home prices during the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic sometimes left the impression that “down” was no longer a direction the U.S. housing market could go. Double-digit increases in median home values were buoyed by low home supply and heavy demand from buyers incentivized by low mortgage rates. But […]

Greg Englesbe

Fed’s latest rate hike puts more home buyers on shaky ground

The Federal Reserve last week logged its biggest increase in the nation’s benchmark interest rate since 1994, bumping it 75 basis points to a range of 1.5%-1.75% to combat inflation. A housing market that had been on fire during 2020-2021 now looks significantly different — and more daunting — to prospective home buyers on the […]

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U.S. housing market faces ‘shock’ from end of mortgage forbearance — but no bubble, experts say

Pandemic policies have undoubtedly shaped the way the U.S. housing market has functioned throughout the health crisis, which has had countless ripple effects across different industries and walks of life. In the housing market, the most obvious headlines of the pandemic have been the soaring sale prices, bitter competition, vacation home boom and limited inventory […]