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As a result, the purchasing capacity of the home could be lower. While the Federal Reserve (Fed) session is approaching in March, the overall favourable macroeconomic environment is worrying those who are following the Fed carefully.
Why should favourable business climate be worrying for many? Sound macroeconomic expansion and a stronger labour force increase the risks of higher rates of inflation, making it more likely that the Fed will hike interest rates more quickly than currently anticipated. It was impressive that labour force size was broadly diversified, with all sectors recording employment expansion in February.
Strong labour markets are starting to put downward pressures on remuneration, with wage growth of 2.6% year-on-year. The Fed officers said in a January declaration that they anticipated that this year' year' year' headline price increases in headline terms would "rise and stabilise around the 2% Fed headline price increase".
For 2018, the Fed has forecasted three interest hikes, which corresponds to the number of interest hikes in 2017. However, if salaries keep rising, it could spur higher rates of inflation. No. More rapid acceleration of headline rates would probably compel the Fed to increase the number of interest hikes. So if the pace of growth is accelerating and the Fed continues to raise interest rates, what does that mean for housing?
Increasing global warming will also drive up long-term bonds returns to offset higher levels of investor interest rates. Thus, for example, the 10-year Treasury note has already risen by around 0.6% since the beginning of the year due to the expectations of increasing Inflation. Mortgages rates are following the same route as long-term bonds returns.
Corresponding to dates released by Freddie Mac last weekend, the 30-year-old, tight interest rate rose to 4. 43%, up 0. 5% from the beginning of the year and the 8th consecutive weeks of increasing mortgages rates. Higher mortgages mean lower purchasing strength. The cause of higher headline inflation as well as higher interest rates on mortgages, however, is strong salary increases.
Indeed, our estimates of mean domestic incomes, calculated from census and Bureau of Labor Statistics figures, are the highest ever. At the same time, 30-year fixed-rate mortgages have remained close to historic low levels. It is important to keep in minds that the real estate markets have never seen such low interest rates in the 40 years before the Great Depression.
We stated last months that the purchasing strength of consumers, the mix of their own incomes and the predominant interest rates on mortgages, has risen significantly in comparison to 5 or even 10 years earlier. Last year, even, the purchasing strength of houses rose by 6.1%, slightly surpassing the 6% increase in housing costs. Consumers' purchasing powers take into account both salaries and mortgages and remain close to historical peaks.
Consumers' purchasing strength in 2018 will hinge on the tug-of-war between increasing domestic incomes and inflationary pressures on mortgages. Join the First American Economic Center for Chief Economist Mark Fleming's study on property and mortgages markets trend and research every week.