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Decreasing mortgage rates mean buyers and sellers are returning to the market

Homebuyers can now afford $400,000 homes with $2,500 monthly budgets for the first time in four months, according to a new report from Redfin.

New-home sales rise in December 

The median sales price of a new home was down on a monthly basis but up on an annual one. 

NAR: Existing-home sales dip 1.5% in December 

House prices, however, continued to rise, marking the 130th consecutive month for price gains, the longest streak on record, the National Association of REALTORS® said.   

Single-family starts, builder confidence rise 

The increase in builder confidence breaks a string of 12 straight monthly declines in the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. 

Seattle rated one of the most affordable cities for singles

Seattle was rated one of the most affordable cities for singles in a recent analysis that examined average salaries and median rents.

CoreLogic: Annual home-price growth rate slows to 2-year low 

Geographically, the largest home-price increases took place in the Southeast, led by Florida (18%), South Carolina (13.9%) and Georgia (13.6%), CoreLogic reported, citing its November Home Price Insights report.    

Financial Health Index ranks Seattle among top 25 U.S. cities

Seattle was named a top 25 U.S. metro area on the Financial Health Index, released this month by TheCreditReview. The index examined major U.S. metro areas for municipal, business and resident financial health, calculating municipal revenue to debt ratio, new business

NAR: Pending-home sales slide for sixth month in a row in November 

Regionally, the pending-sales index fell 7.9% month over month in the Northeast, 6.6% in the Midwest, 2.3% in the South and 0.9% in the West. 

New-home sales rise again in November 

At the same time, the median sales price of a new house slid to $471,200 from $484,700 in October and $430,300 a year earlier, the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reported. 

NAR: Existing-home sales fall 7.7% in November 

The month-over-month decline in sales came as prices rose for the 129th consecutive month, the National Association of REALTORS® said. 

New-home construction slides in November as builders pull back 

New-home permits fell 11.2% month over month, while housing completions jumped 10.8% in what one observer said could have “worrisome” long-term consequences for the nation’s housing supply. 

Homeownership still a top priority among consumers, survey finds

Current real estate market conditions have not discouraged buyers from their plans of homeownership, according to a new survey from RE/MAX.

MBA: Mortgage applications rise in latest weekly survey 

The 30-year fixed-rate inched to 6.42%, which is still close to the lowest rate in a month, the group said. 

Seattle ranked the No. 31 city in the U.S. for creatives

Seattle ranked No. 31 overall and Tacoma was No. 38. Both led the state with nine museums apiece. 

States that saw the most pandemic-era growth, including Washington, are now leading in price reductions

A report from Realtor.com shows that many areas that experienced substantial growth during the pandemic are now posting some of the country’s steepest price reductions.

Redfin report shows record-high new construction inventory

A report from Redfin shows that 29% of single-family homes for sale in the U.S. were new constructions in the third quarter of 2022.

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