Local Market Monitor Maintains Optimistic Forecast Dallas-Irving-Plano Area, But Will Changing Interest Rates Slow Market's Growth?

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Interesting times for the Dallas real estate market as several neighborhoods are seeing homes sell fast for thousands more than they would have just 18 months ago. But with the Federal Reserve toying with interest rate changes, will next month’s forecast be far less optimistic than the June breakdown from Local Market Monitor?

“Low Risk” is how Local Market Monitor is characterizing our market when it comes to real estate investment. Home prices in the Dallas-Irving-Plano area are forecast to grow 4 percent in the next 12 months.

But could interest rate volatility put a damper on that growth? According to this piece by HousingWire, interest rates are on a dramatic upswing:

Mortgage rates are skyrocketing with one real estate firm reporting a 50-basis point hike for the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage in just the past week.

That honor goes to Zillow, which released data showing that on Tuesday the 30-year, FRM hit 4.38%, up 50 basis points from seven days ago.

A week ago, the same mortgage rate came in at 3.88%, according to data from Zillow.

And Zillow ($56.30 0%) isn’t the only one reporting high rates. Last week’s Freddie Mac 30-year, FRM came in at 3.93%, while Bankrate data showed mortgage rates at 4.12%.

Yikes! I guess if you’ve sat around waiting to refinance or buy as interest rates bottomed out, you missed your window. Still, job growth and the expanding population of the Dallas area are keeping Realtors busy.

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Joanna England

If Executive Editor Joanna England could house hunt forever, she absolutely would. Instead she covers the North Texas housing market and the economy for CandysDirt.com. While she started out with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Joanna's work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News as well as several local media outlets. When she's not knitting or hooping, or enjoying White Rock Lake, she's behind the lens of her camera. She lives in East Dallas with her husband, son, and their furry and feathered menagerie.

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