Although they don’t seem to have dealt the industry a huge blow in the short run, interest-rate increases could put the brakes on homebuying in the long term
Rising interest rates could make younger retirees reconsider taking out reverse mortgage credit lines
Back in the middle of this decade, new construction sales surged as we experienced one of the hottest housing markets of the past century. It seemed that there was a buyer for any and every home built. The last three years has shown us the exact opposite. Calculated Risk reports new construction sales in 2011, 2010 and 2009 were the lowest since 1963.