By the Numbers

New-home sales resume downward trajectory in September 

Mortgage rates continued to weigh on homebuyers in September, following a brief uptick in new-home sales in August.  

MBA: Mortgage applications fall as 30-year fixed hits 21-year high

At the same time, mortgage applications declined 1.7% on a seasonally adjusted basis on a week-over-week basis, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. 

Still deep in positive territory, home-price gains post steep declines in latest Case-Shiller 

In Boston, home prices posted an 11.4% year-over-year gain in August, compared to a 1.3% gain in July. Month over month, prices fell 1.2%.

NAR: Existing-home sales fall for eighth month in a row in September 

Month over month in September, existing-home sales slid 1.5% to 4.71 million, which is 23.8% lower than the year before. 

Housing starts miss expectations in September 

New home construction missed analyst estimates in September, falling 8.1% month over month to an annual rate 1,439,000 homes, according to government statistics. 

CoreLogic: Pace of home-price increases slows for fourth month in a row in August 

Looking ahead, CoreLogic expects the year-over-year pace of home-price appreciation to slow to 3.5% by August 2023. 

American Home Shield: Average home sizes vary dramatically across the U.S.

The average median home size varies drastically across the country, according to American Home Shield’s 2022 American Home Size Index.

NAR: High mortgage rates bring third monthly decline in pending-home sales 

The National Association of REALTORS® expects existing-home sales to close 2022 15.2% lower compared to 2021, thanks to economic uncertainty and rising mortgage rates. 

New-home sales post unexpected rebound in August 

Sales of new homes in the U.S. jumped 28.8% between July and August, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  

NAR: Existing-home sales fell in August while prices rose 

The median existing-home price for all housing types in August was $389,500, a 7.7% rise from the year before. 

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