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  • Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates hit 7-year high

    Coastal markets see price deceleration
    Mortgage rates have now reached a seven-year high, according to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey. Freddie Mac Chief Economist Sam Khater said the strength of the economy, strong business activity and employment growth are responsible for the climb.
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  • Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates dip slightly

    Entry-level inventory shortage bigger deterrence than mortgage rates
    Mortgage rates dipped slightly this week according to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey. Freddie Mac Chief Economist Sam Khater said despite higher mortgage rates, the monthly mortgage payment remains affordable.
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  • Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates slightly increase

    Rates are expected to rise, put downward pressure on purchasing activity
    Mortgage rates reversed course this week, rising slightly across the board, according to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey. Freddie Mac Chief Economist Sam Khater said While higher borrowing costs will keep some people out of the market, buyers with more flexibility could take advantage of the decreased competition.
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  • New home sales fall, highlighting Southeastern storms' impact

    Sales of new single-family homes down 13.2% from last year
    New home sales declined in September, according to the latest report from the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Zillow Senior Economist Aaron Terrazas said today’s disappointing new home sales numbers can be attributed to September storms in the Southeast and increasing homebuilding costs.
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  • Fannie Mae: Homebuyer sentiment falls slightly in September

    The HPSI decreases 0.3 percentage points to 87.7
    Mortgage rates and household income contributed to a slight decrease in homebuyer sentiment, according to the latest data from by Fannie Mae’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index. Fannie Mae Senior Vice President and Chief Economist Doug Duncan said perceptions of high home prices and expectations for rising mortgage rates continue to weigh on potential homebuyers.
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  • In real estate, man’s best friend is often calling the shots reveals pet-owning homebuyers make decisions based on their animals surveyed 1,000 recent homebuyers to reveal that 80% were pet owners. Among those with pets, 90% said their animals' needs were essential to their decision of purchasing a home, and most of them would pass up their dream home if it didn't work for Fido.
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  • adds Danielle Hale as new chief economist

    Replaces Jonathan Smoke, who left housing for the auto industry has been without a chief economist since Jonathan Smoke left the company in April to become the chief economist for Cox Automotive, an auto industry powerhouse that includes the brands, Autotrader,, Dealertrack, Kelley Blue Book, and others. But now, the real estate site has found a replacement, one that keeps things in the Realtor family, so to speak.
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