US mortgage rates will create ‘dire’ situation for real estate market, expert warns

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One U.S. market expert is echoing similar concerns as some of the nation’s top real estate industry leaders about the short-term future of the industry.

“As time goes on and people have to roll out of those 30-year loans that they have, I think we’re going to see the effects in housing are going to be dire, but it’s going to take longer this time than before,” TJM Institutional Services managing director James Iuorio said on “Mornings with Maria” Tuesday.

The Federal Reserve’s aggressive interest-rate hike campaign sent mortgage rates soaring above 7% for the first time in nearly two decades, cooling the post-COVID, red-hot housing market.

Rates have been slow to retreat, hitting a fresh two-decade high last week. Freddie Mac reported that rates on the popular 30-year fixed mortgage are hovering around 7.09%, well above the 5.13% rate recorded one year ago and the pre-pandemic average of 3.9%.

Fed Chair Jerome Powell has yet to be tested, according to Iuorio, calling out the central bank for having a little too much “confidence.”

“There’s never been a really material pullback in the stock market that would make him wonder if he’s doing the right thing. So I think that that’s a big risk to the market,” the market analyst said. “I do think we’re in a corrective phase, and I think that plays right into it.”


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