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2016 outlook: Jennifer Alter Warden

Mortgage rates and economic trends with a Baird & Warner executive

Future-Proof: Navigate Threats, Seize Opportunities at ICNY 2018 | Jan 22-26 at the Marriott Marquis, Times Square, New York

Jennifer Alter Warden is the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President at Baird & Warner. Are you optimistic about 2016? Yes, there are a number of factors that can contribute to making 2016 a strong year. Historically, an election year at a time of national economic growth leads to increased consumer confidence, which has a positive impact on the market. On the flip side, the tenuous state of the global economy will keep the Fed from increasing interest rates to a level that can have a negative impact on consumer spending. Are you optimistic about the housing market? Yes, I believe that we can expect another year of steady housing recovery. Demand will remain strong, and inventory should start to catch up during the spring season as seller confidence grows. The influx of millennials purchasing their first homes and baby boomers who want to downsize will continue to drive increased activity in markets across the country. Furthermore, lenders are continuing to loose...