Doug Duncan projects mortgage lending to climb to a 17-year high in 2020

In today’s Daily Download episode, HousingWire covers a forecast from Fannie Mae’s Chief Economist Doug Duncan that projects mortgage lending is set to top $3 trillion this year.

For some background on the story, here’s a summary of the article:

Mortgage lending is set to reach $3.14 trillion this year, the highest since 2003, as the annual average rate for a 30-year fixed home loan falls to a record low of 3.2%, according to Doug Duncan, chief economist of Fannie Mae. Next year, rates are heading even lower, he said.

In 2021, the annual average rate probably will fall to 2.8%, said Duncan, who spoke to HousingWire via a video conference call on Monday in an exclusive interview. That would be the lowest ever recorded.

Duncan said his forecast is based on the open-ended commitment by the Federal Reserve to purchase $40 billion a month in mortgage-backed securities, coupled with the expectations that “margins” – meaning the difference in the yields for 10-year Treasury yield and mortgage bonds – will continue to shrink as the lending industry adjusts to doing business amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Following the main story, HousingWire covers a report from The Mortgage Bankers Association that claims the forbearance rate has dropped to a 2-month low and a report from Unison that shows a direct correlation between a housing market’s performance and its economic resilience.

The Daily Download examines the most compelling articles reported from the HousingWire newsroom. Each afternoon, we provide our listeners with a deeper look into the stories coming across our newsroom that are helping Move Markets Forward. Hosted by the HW team and produced by Alcynna Lloyd.

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