In the short term, the jump in interest rates is spurring home buyers in the Washington region and other hot markets to action, adding to the already frenzied competition to get a home, writes the Washington Post.

But a sustained rise would hurt a fragile housing recovery, which has climbed out of the depths of its crash with the help of record-low rates, economists said.

"The biggest threat to the recovery is that rates rise too fast," said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics.