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Mortgage rates spike at the end of September
Mortgage rates spike at the end of September

Mortgage rates rose quickly last week. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate hit 3.01%, up 0.13% from the week prior.

Housing inventory supply shortage beginning to ease
Housing inventory supply shortage beginning to ease

Expect a stable housing market over the next five years — despite the expiration of COVID-era protections — says a new Zillow report.

NAR: Pending home sales rebound in August
NAR: Pending home sales rebound in August

All four geographic regions saw increases, led by the Midwest, which clocked a 10.4% rise from July, and the South, where sales rose 8.6%. Pending transactions rose 7.2% in the West and 4.6% in the North.

S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller: Home-price gains set fourth record in a row
S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller: Home-price gains set fourth record in a row

The 10-city composite index rose 1.4% on a monthly basis and 19.1% on a yearly basis, while the 20-city composite gained 1.5% monthly and 19.9% annually. 

Democratic senators propose 20-year mortgage for low-income, first-time homebuyers
Democratic senators propose 20-year mortgage for low-income, first-time homebuyers

The Low-Income First Time Homebuyers Act (LIFT) establishes a program to sponsor 20-year mortgages that would build equity at twice the rate of a conventional 30-year mortgage.

New-home sales rise in August
New-home sales rise in August

The seasonally adjusted estimate of new houses for sale at the end of July was 378,000, representing a supply of 6.1 months at the current sales rate.

Could remote work fuel housing demand for years to come?
Could remote work fuel housing demand for years to come?

Last year’s en-masse move to remote work has driven what Zillow has dubbed the Great Reshuffling, as homeowners working from home have paused and reevaluated where and how they live.

Surge in multifamily construction drives housing starts in August
Surge in multifamily construction drives housing starts in August

The increase was driven by a 21.6% month-over-month spike in the rate of new multifamily construction. Single-family housing starts, meanwhile, slid 2.8%.

NAHB: Builder confidence posts first monthly gain in four months
NAHB: Builder confidence posts first monthly gain in four months

September’s reading of 76 was up one point from August, despite lingering challenges with labor and the building-material supply chain, the National Association of Home Builders reported, citing the latest NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index.

RE/MAX: Home sales, prices decline in August
RE/MAX: Home sales, prices decline in August

Month over month, home sales were down 3.5%, and the median sale price declined 1.2% to $335,000.

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