The Problem for Housing in 2010: Rising Mortgage Rates

Most real estate experts back the theory that the recent recovery in home sales is primarily due to two factors: mortgage rates that have been hovering around all-time lows and the government's tax-credit program for first-time home buyers. Also helping but probably less important are the mild economic rebound and steep tumble in house prices. High unemployment and fear that home prices will drop further undercut the positive forces.