Freddie Mac economist makes ’13 housing predictions

Frank Nothaft, chief economist for mortgage giant Freddie Mac, is in San Diego this weekend for the American Economic Association annual meeting. He took some time Friday to talk to U-T San Diego about his national and regional predictions for housing in 2013. Here are some excerpts:

On housing activity: It began to turn around in 2012 and will continue to pick up in 2013. Housing starts nationwide were up 25 percent in 2012 from 2011. Home sales were up about 9 percent during that same time frame. Housing starts this year may rise an additional 20 percent to 25 percent and home sales may rise another 8 percent to 10 percent. Southern California also will see pickup in home prices and sales.

On mortgage rates: Mortgage rates are going to stay at a very low level, mainly due to the Federal Reserve’s decision to continue buying up large quantities of mortgage-backed securities. That pushes up the price of those securities, which reduces the yield and drives the very-low interest rates. The 30-year fixed conforming loan rate is expected to remain below 4 percent…

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2 thoughts on “Freddie Mac economist makes ’13 housing predictions

  1. Inventory Journal

    Thanks for the the valuable suggestions…keep writing on this topic. John, What motivated you to call this blog “Freddie Mac economist makes ’13 housing predictions”, not that the title does not go with the content, I am just wondering. Another good post John.

    1. John A Silva Post author

      Thank you for your comment and in response to your question about this prediction is that I do like to quote certain people that have valid affiliations besides my own and gives another perspective for people to see. 2013 appears to have all the signs of a strong year in Real Estate! Cheers!


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