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Consumer confidence in housing falls to lowest point in 11 years

By Mike Wheatley | August 10, 2022
Fannie Mae said in a monthly survey released this week that consumer’s confidence in the housing market is now at its lowest level since 2011, with both buyers and sellers increasingly pessimistic. According to the survey, just 17% of respondents believe now is a good time to buy a home, down from 20% one month […]
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Mortgage rates fall back below 5%, providing relief for home buyers

By Mike Wheatley | August 8, 2022
Having endured weeks of rising borrowing costs, home buyers in the U.S. have gotten a "second chance" to lock in a lower interest rate. Last week, the popular 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell below 5% for the first time in months, according to a report by Freddie Mac. Rates had been hovering above 5% for a […]
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Pending home sales dropped 20% last month as more buyers find themselves priced out

By Mike Wheatley | July 29, 2022
Pending sales of existing homes dropped 20% in June compared with the same month a year ago, the National Association of Realtors said Wednesday. That is the slowest pace since September 2011, with the exception of the first two months of the coronavirus pandemic lockdowns, when sales plunged briefly and then rebounded sharply. On a […]
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Builders are increasing incentives as new home sales decline

By Mike Wheatley | July 28, 2022
After struggling to keep up with demand for much of the last two years, U.S. home builders say they’re now seeing a slowdown in sales, resulting in a backlog of homes they’re struggling to sell. Sales of newly built homes fell more than 8% in June from the prior month and were down 17% from […]
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Wary builders fear new home buyers are being priced out

By Mike Wheatley | July 21, 2022
Builders fear that demand for new homes could be on the wane. As a result, they’re taking their foot off the gas in terms of production, wary that too many prospective buyers have been priced out of the market by rising costs. In June, single-family home construction fell to its lowest level since April 2020, […]
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Fundrise launches $1B fund to invest in real estate technology

By Mike Wheatley | July 20, 2022
Real estate industry investment platform Fundrise has announced a new, $1 billion fund as part of its bid to expand into the technology space. The new “innovation fund”, as it’s called, aims to make real estate technology investments easier and more affordable for all U.S. residents. Anyone who lives in the U.S. can invest in […]
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Are millennials to blame for inflation?

By Mike Wheatley | July 19, 2022
Rising inflation is being blamed on the high commodity and energy prices triggered by supply chain problems and the war in Ukraine, but one investor argues there’s another factor at play - millennials.  In an interview on CNBC’s Squawk Box Europe, Smead Capital Management’s chief investment officer Bill Smead said one of the problems facing […]
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