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Case-Shiller: Housing Market Pressured by Prices

July 31st, 2018
Affordability is beginning to drag on housing, and there is little price relief in sight, according to the latest S&P CoreLogic/Case-Shiller Indices, which found May prices rising steadily, at 6.4 percent year-over-year. “Not only are prices rising consistently; they are...

New-Home Sales Still Weighed Down

August 23rd, 2018
July new-home sales were still weighed down, dropping 1.7 percent to 627,000, according to the Commerce Department. Inventory in July was 309,000, representing 5.9-months’ supply, and the median price was $328,700. “Although this month marks the lowest sales pace since...

CEO Exchange Keynote: Leadership, in Every Sense of the Word

September 9th, 2018
Credit: PlanOmatic Against a backdrop of changing consumer preferences, technology and shifts in Washington, brokerages are navigating new territory—one where the customer experience is tops, and creativity, inclusiveness and leadership are non-negotiables for success. For Paul Boomsma, CEO of the...

Student Loan Debt a Homeownership Barrier for Women and Millennials

October 2nd, 2018
Rising interest rates, a seller’s market and increasing home values…these are just a few of today’s market challenges for buyers. While 92 percent of adults say homeownership is an important part of the American Dream, student loan debt is the...

Building Momentum for Mortgage Rates

August 4th, 2018
There is a building momentum in mortgage rates, with the average 30-year, fixed rate up for the second straight week, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). The average 30-year fixed increased to 4.6 percent, up from 4.54...

Housing in 2020: Construction Costs Grow, Mortgage Rates Slow

August 26th, 2018
Where will housing be in 2020? According to the latest Metrostudy predictions, if all continues on its current track, construction costs could continue to increase, and mortgage rates could reel in. While rates have increased in the last six months,...

Affordability Aside, Housing Optimism Picks Up

September 9th, 2018
The confidence consumers have in housing is picking up steam—but not because of the market outright, according to the August Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI). At 88, the gauge grew 1.5 percentage points month-over-month; however, the confidence consumers...

LGBT Homeownership: Affordability and Fear of Discrimination Dominant Deterrents

October 7th, 2018
The LGBT community is largely holding back from homeownership, according to a recent survey conducted by Freddie Mac in collaboration with Community Marketing and Insights, which polled 2,313 LGBT community members in the U.S. aged 22-72. In fact, compared to...

Inventory: Is the Drought Easing?

August 5th, 2018
When it comes to the housing market, the conversation has been dominated by pricey properties and short supply—but, under the radar, there has been an improvement in inventory, according to realtor.com®’s recently released July 2018 Monthly Housing Trend Report. The...

The Headline-Making Markets Are Softening

August 27th, 2018
In the expansion following the recession, the conversation in housing has lingered on markets like Denver, Portland and Seattle—places where prices have risen sharply, and demand is discouragingly mismatched with supply. Now, the hottest markets’ prices are slowing, according to...
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