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Mortgage rates remain flat at 2.88%
Mortgage rates remain flat at 2.88%

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage held flat at 2.88% for the week ended Sept. 9, after dropping earlier this summer, according to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Surveys. The 2.88% average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was up slightly from the

NAR sues DOJ after the department withdraws from antitrust settlement
NAR sues DOJ after the department withdraws from antitrust settlement

The Justice Department’s original complaint against the National Association of Realtors, filed Nov. 19, 2020, alleges that the association enforced rules and policies that illegally hampered competition in residential real estate services.

Pending home sales up 6% from 2020 despite dwindling listings
Pending home sales up 6% from 2020 despite dwindling listings

A decline in new home listings has had little impact on the market as far as demand is concerned, according to a recent Redfin report.

Why the future of exurbs remains uncertain
Why the future of exurbs remains uncertain

Over the past year, outer suburbs, or exurbs, have experienced a particularly intense boom. It’s those distant areas which saw the sharpest increase in interested buyers, according to Realtor.com.

Toll Brothers, Equity Residential team up for $1.9B multifamily JV
Toll Brothers, Equity Residential team up for $1.9B multifamily JV

The strategic partnership will initially target developments in six metro areas where both companies have a “significant or growing presence”: Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Boston; Denver, Orange County/San Diego, Calif.; and Seattle.

New-home construction falls in July
New-home construction falls in July

“The bright spot in an otherwise underwhelming report comes from the increase in the overall number of permits issued, which can signal how much home construction is in the pipeline.” — First American deputy chief economist Odeta Kushi

NAR condemns racial profiling of Michigan agent
NAR condemns racial profiling of Michigan agent

After a Black real estate agent and his client were detained by police while viewing a house, the National Association of REALTORS® took a strong stance against the “deeply disturbing” incident of “racial profiling.”

Lot values are priced at a record high… Will it continue?
Lot values are priced at a record high… Will it continue?

Lot values for single-family detached (SFD) spec homes are surging, according to a report from the National Association of Home Builders.

No new median-home price records set in July
No new median-home price records set in July

For the first time since early March, no new records were set for median-home-sale prices last month, ending the five-month streak of record-breaking home prices.

Housing affordability hits 10-year low
Housing affordability hits 10-year low

Just 56.6% of homes sold during the quarter were affordable to families earning the U.S. median income of $79,900, according to the National Association of Homebuilders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index.

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