April 8, 2021

Arch MI’s Spring HaMMR Predicts “Slow Return to Long-Term Average Levels of Affordability” in 2021

Rising Rates, Declining Post-Pandemic Demand Will Impact the Year in Housing

While 2020’s final housing figures confirm it was a year of high demand and record-low inventory, 2021 is likely to mark a return to more normal levels of home-price growth, according to the Spring edition of The Housing and Mortgage Market Review (HaMMR), released today by Arch Mortgage Insurance Company (Arch MI), a leading provider of mortgage insurance.

Rates are expected to continue to rise, while the unprecedented demand for housing driven by COVID-19 will probably decline over the year.

“While home price growth was incredibly strong in 2020, historically low mortgage rates have meant that affordability was not stretched to the same extent for median-income homebuyers in large parts of the country,” said Rob Hardie, head of Data Analytics for Arch’s Mortgage Group. “However, with interest rates ticking up to start off 2021, the question naturally arises as to what this will do to affordability and how it will impact the housing market. We believe we have seen this before in 2018, and if 2021 plays out in the same way it would be a satisfactory outcome.”

The ongoing problem of housing supply is also addressed in the Spring HaMMR, which explores the reasons for a shortage of affordable inventory and the current housing policy proposals to remedy the situation.

Commentary resources:

  • The Housing and Mortgage Market Review is posted at archmi.com/hammr. The Spring 2021 issue assesses the likely prospects of housing in 2021 in the wake of COVID-19, rising rates and the lack of housing inventory.
  • Policy expert Kirk Willison, Arch MI’s VP of Government and Industry Relations, reviews the principal factors contributing to the shortage of homes for sale.

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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