Even with slowing economy, Fannie Mae forecasts rising mortgage volume

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Amid talk of trade wars, escalating home prices, and rising interest rates, Fannie Mae is remaining optimistic about overall economic growth. In Fannie’s April 2018 Economic and Housing Outlook.

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Fannie Mae’s announcement came from the U.S. government-owned mortgage enterprise’s monthly housing market and economic update. Nationally, home prices are only expected to rise 1 percent in 2019, which means some areas will either be flat or see declines-an inflection point compared to the past couple of years.

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Fannie Mae: Expect a modest increase-4.8 percent Fannie Mae has slightly better news for borrowers. In its October 2019 Housing Forecast , the group predicted 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rates.

Given the recent decline in interest rates, refinance mortgage origination volume is now expected to come in higher than previously forecast, though still down modestly year over year. "Incoming data continue to support our call for slower economic growth in 2019," said fannie mae chief economist doug Duncan.

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Even. will slow much in 2019. Fannie Mae has revised its price forecast, but it still predicts that prices for existing homes will rise 4.3% this year. fannie mae, Freddie Mac and the National.

While the forecast is generally upbeat, Fannie Mae does see downside risks. jobs may have difficulty meeting their monthly mortgage payments which could evolve into rising delinquencies, defaults,

Even if the U.S. economy slows during the rest of 2019, the outlook for the housing and mortgage market remains strong, said economists at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Gross domestic product grew 3.2% in the first quarter, but Fannie Mae projects the second quarter to have just 1.7% growth, while Freddie Mac is slightly [.]