High Rates Are Driving Consumers To Rental Properties, Says Black Knight’s Andy Walden

High Rates Are Driving Consumers To Rental Properties, Says Black Knight’s Andy Walden

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High Rates Are Driving Consumers To Rental Properties, Says Black Knight’s Andy Walden

Andy Walden, vp of enterprise research at Black Knight, joins ‘The Exchange’ to discuss housing affordability, why interest rates are pushing consumers to rent, and how return to office policies are contributing to housing market dynamics.

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