Fed Pauses Rate Hikes after Favorable Inflation Report

June 23, 2023

Since March of 2022 the Federal Reserve has raised rates at every meeting. With signs of inflation easing, the Federal Reserve made a noteworthy decision to pause interest rate increases. The central bank aims to carefully balance the need for price stability with sustaining economic growth. By keeping interest rates unchanged, the Federal Reserve intends to provide ongoing support for the economy and encourage lending and investment.

The Impact on Real Estate:

The Federal Reserve's decision to pause interest rate increases can have both direct and indirect effects on the real estate market. Here are a few key considerations:

  1. Mortgage Rates: Interest rates heavily influence mortgage rates, which play a vital role in home affordability and investment real estate. When interest rates remain stable or decrease, potential commercial real estate investors may find it more appealing to enter the market or refinance existing mortgages. This can stimulate demand and drive up property prices.
  2. Investor Sentiment: Real estate investors often monitor interest rate movements as they impact the overall cost of financing investment properties. With the pause in interest rate increases, investors may find it favorable to secure loans at lower rates, potentially leading to increased investment activity in the real estate sector.
  3. Market Stability: Interest rate fluctuations can influence market stability. A sudden rise in rates could cool down demand, resulting in a potential slowdown in real estate transactions. However, a pause in interest rate increases can provide a sense of stability and confidence to buyers, sellers, and investors, fostering a more balanced and active real estate market.
  4. Inflation Hedge: Real estate has long been considered a hedge against inflation. As prices rise, real estate assets may retain or increase their value, providing a level of protection against the eroding effects of inflation. The pause in interest rate increases allows investors to consider, once again, real estate as a potential safeguard for their wealth.


The recent inflation report and the Federal Reserve's decision to pause interest rate increases have sparked discussions across various sectors, including real estate. The stability in interest rates can have a positive impact on mortgage rates, investor sentiment, market stability, and real estate's role as an inflation hedge. As the economy continues to evolve, it is important for individuals and professionals in the real estate industry to stay informed about these economic indicators to make well-informed decisions.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog post is for educational and informational purposes only and should not be construed as financial or investment advice. Readers are encouraged to seek professional guidance before making any real estate or financial decisions based on this information.

Image of a realtor agentPeter James

Will James joins Lyon Stahl as First Vice President with a focus in multi-family investments throughout Los Angeles.  Leveraging over 15 years of brokerage experience, Will has allowed his clients to achieve their real estate goals through a range of consulting services emphasizing market knowledge and integrity.  Will prides himself on being involved in every part of the transaction from underwriting, marketing, and has excelled in leading his clients through the exchange process.  A believer in hard work and commitment to his client’s goals, Will has developed a reputation as a top multifamily broker in Los Angeles.

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