Freddie Mac economist sees sunny economy in second half

"The negative headlines around the financial markets are concerning," said Sam Khater, chief economist at Freddie Mac. "But the economy remains healthy, so the drop in mortgage rates should stem or even reverse the slide in home sales that occurred during the second half of 2018."

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Freddie Mac’s chief economist is optimistic that the housing market and economy will improve in the second half of 2011. Freddie Mac Chief Economist Frank Nothaft said mortgage rates will likely remain historical lows of between 4.5 percent and 5 percent for the remainder of the year. Also, he expects more buyers to stop waiting on the sidelines as recent price drops in home prices have improved affordability. Nothaft said consumers’ uncertainty about the economy has caused them to delay.

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Housing is slowly regaining its footing after activity stalled in the second half of 2013 following a run-up in mortgage. according to data from mortgage finance firm freddie mac. The decline.

After half a year of failed predictions and slow starts, the U.S. economy actually appears to be closing in on normal, at least according to Freddie Mac. Freddie Mac’s latest Economic and Housing.

Will the U.S. economy improve enough in the second half for the Federal Reserve to start curtailing its bond-buying program in the fourth quarter? Or will unemployment fail to sufficiently decline for the remainder of the year, thus postponing proposed plans to start winding down government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?

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Freddie Mac’s most recent quarterly economic forecast sees the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rates (FRMs) remaining between 6.5 percent to 7.0 percent for the rest of the year. Presently, Freddie Mac’s weekly mortgage rate survey shows the 30-year FRM averaging 6.34 percent, a more than 31-year low.

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Despite a disappointing first quarter and a mediocre second quarter, Freddie Mac still expects the economy to improve throughout the second half of 2014. The company is, however, tempering its New.

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