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‘Last hurrah?’ Pending home sales fall in August

“Sharply rising mortgage interest rates in the spring motivated buyers to make purchase decisions, culminating in a 6½-year peak for sales that were finalized last month,” said Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the Realtors. “Moving forward, we expect lower levels … Continue reading

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Home builder confidence stalls in September

There is certainly plenty of pent-up demand, especially among younger, first-time home buyers, but many of them are still struggling in today’s job market, either unable to find steady work or not earning enough to afford today’s higher down payment … Continue reading

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Housing recovery rides rate roller coaster

“Last week mortgage rates retreated from a 23-month high as the Fed sought to reassure markets that the wind-down of the stimulus program would be gradual, and contingent upon strong improvement in economic fundamentals,” said Erin Lantz, director of Zillow … Continue reading

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Housing Recovery Rides Rate Roller Coaster

“Last week mortgage rates retreated from a 23-month high as the Fed sought to reassure markets that the wind-down of the stimulus program would be gradual, and contingent upon strong improvement in economic fundamentals,” said Erin Lantz, director of Zillow … Continue reading

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Rising Mortgage Rates, Home Prices a Lethal Brew

Still, rising rates could not come at a worse time for the housing recovery. Home prices rose over ten percent in March, according to the latest surveys from SP/Case-Shiller. Every one percentage point rise in mortgage rates reduces the average … Continue reading

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