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Lower Rates Spark Housing Demand

According to Eye On Housing, the retreat in mortgage interest rates during the first quarter of 2023 (from the 20-year peak reached in the fall of 2022) led a record share of adults in the US – 18 percent – to declare having plans to buy a home within a year – the largest share since the inception of this series in 2018. The finding also means the share of prospective buyers jumped 5 points in a single quarter, rising from 13 percent in the final quarter of 2022.

Relatively lower interest rates in the first quarter of 2023 also pushed more 1st-time home buyers to enter the market: 71% of all prospective buyers (a series-high) reported this would be their first time buying a home, up from 61% in the final quarter of 2022.

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