October 21, 2021

Arch MI’s Fall HaMMR Predicts Home Price Growth Will Moderate Going Forward

Affordability Pressures, Rising Supply Likely to Normalize Home-Price Gains

While solid demographics and an acute housing shortage have propelled U.S. home prices to record highs, affordability will become a headwind for further rapid price gains, according to the Fall edition of The Housing and Mortgage Market Review (HaMMR), released today by Arch Mortgage Insurance Company (Arch MI), a leading provider of mortgage insurance.

The new issue is authored by Parker Ross, who recently joined Arch Global Mortgage Group as Senior Vice President and Chief Economist.

“Demand for housing surged in response to the pandemic and should remain strong in the years to come as Millennials age into their prime homebuying years,” Ross said. “Rapid home price growth has been a consequence of constrained housing supply and record-low mortgage rates that allowed affordability to remain roughly in line with its historical average. Going into the end of 2021 and next year, mortgage rates are poised to rise and homebuilding constraints should be partly resolved, which in turn should moderate the pace of home price appreciation.”

The Fall HaMMR also reviews key factors driving the ongoing housing shortage and Millennial housing demand, and investigates the widespread perception that the pandemic prompted an exodus from major U.S. cities to suburbs and exurbs.

Commentary resources:

  • The Housing and Mortgage Market Review is posted at archmi.com/hammr. The Fall 2021 issue assesses the likelihood of high home prices continuing into 2022 and beyond, with special features on the housing shortage, Millennial housing demand, pandemic-driven migration and the top five fastest-growing cities that are still affordable for Millennials.
  • Parker Ross will host a Housing Update Webinar on Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. ET, covering the main HaMMR points and offering his perspective on the direction of U.S. housing. Registration is available at archmi.com/hammr.

About Arch Mortgage Insurance Company

Arch Capital Group Ltd.’s U.S. mortgage insurance operation, Arch MI, is a leading provider of private insurance covering mortgage credit risk. Headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, Arch MI’s mission is to protect lenders against credit risk, while extending the possibility of responsible homeownership to qualified borrowers. Arch MI’s flagship mortgage insurer, Arch Mortgage Insurance Company, is licensed to write mortgage insurance in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit archmi.com.

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