Other factors that will play a significant role in the 2020 real estate landscape will be the low interest rate market.

A recent article in Housingwire identified that the average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage was 3.7%. This compares with the 4.8% rate recorded exactly one year prior based upon Freddie Mac data. That is over a 25% drop in interest rate. Some are even indicating that rates may continue to set new lows based upon a Fannie Mae forecast.

The Fannie Mae report projects that the fixed-rate most likely will come in at 3.6% in 2020. This would represent the lowest annual average ever recorded, dating back to 1973, 46 years ago. That represents a period time that included six market crashes or corrections. Over that 46 year period, mortgage rates have gone between 16.3 in 1981 to a high of 18.6 in the mid-1980s.

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