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  • Fitch: Home price growth slowest in 7 years

    Slows "from a gallop to a trot"
    Home price growth has clearly slowed down in recent months as the housing market cools after a near six-year hot streak. Now, a report released by Fitch Ratings this week details just how much the market has slowed, and predicts where prices will go from here.
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  • NAR: Home prices are rising but at a much slower pace

    Home prices rise 3.9% in the first quarter of 2019
    The national median existing single-family home price increased 3.9% annually to $254,800 in the first quarter of 2019. Despite this increase, Q1’s total now sits just below the annual increase of 4% in the fourth quarter of 2018. NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said in order to combat slower price gains, the construction industry needs to develop more affordable housing units.
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  • Freddie Mac: Seniors are causing the housing shortage

    More seniors are aging in place, and they're keeping 1.6 million homes off the market
    More seniors are opting to age in place rather than relocate later in life, and it has contributed to the supply shortage that's hampering the housing market. According to a study by Freddie Mac, seniors born after 1931 are staying in their homes longer than previous generations, and they are gumming up the works – and it's a trend that's not likely to slow down any time soon.
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  • Zillow: The rent growth fever just broke

    For the first time in six years, year-over-year rent growth is flat
    The rent growth fever may have just broken. For the first time in six years, year-over-year rent growth is flat. According to a new report from Zillow, the national median rent in August came in at $1,440, unchanged from a year ago. This is the sixth consecutive month of slowing rent growth and month 27 of sub-3% annual growth.
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  • First-time homebuyers struggle amid rising affordability challenges

    Can only afford 20% of housing stock in some markets
    A new study from NAR and realtor.com shows affordability continues to slip across the U.S., falling even further from last year as home prices continue to rise and mortgage rates increase. NAR explained that while wages are increasing, so are home prices. Here’s what can be done to combat the rising affordability issues.
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  • Mark Calabria: Trump administration "committed" to ending conservatorship

    Pence’s chief economist renews commitment for GSE reform
    During a wide-ranging discussion about the government’s role in housing, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief economist Mark Calabria revealed Wednesday that the Trump administration is "committed" to ending the conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. What else did Calabria say? Click through to find out.
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  • Economics panel: "No reason the current homeowner today will want to sell"

    Affordability could plummet in 2018
    During a panel at the CoreLogic and Urban Institute Housing Finance conference, CoreLogic’s chief economist forecasted home prices will rise as interest rates continue to increase over the next few years, making housing affordability a challenge for many prospective buyers. But one economist questions if homeowners will even want to sell in the first place.
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  • Existing home sales drop to lowest point since last year

    Supply levels continue to subdue activity
    Existing home sales decreased for the third consecutive month to the lowest point since last year. While some experts point to hurricanes Irma and Harvey, others say these happened too soon to affect the data in August. One thing they agree on: the lack of housing inventory continues to hold back home sales.
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