By the Numbers

NAR: Pending-home sales slide 2.3% in September
NAR: Pending-home sales slide 2.3% in September

“Contract transactions slowed a bit in September and are showing signs of a calmer home price trend, as the market is running comfortably ahead of pre-pandemic activity.” — NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun

S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller: Home prices rise again
S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller: Home prices rise again

Home-price gains were once again broadly distributed, as all 20 cities in the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Index rose, although in most cases at a slower rate than a month ago.

Mortgage applications rise despite increase in interest rates
Mortgage applications rise despite increase in interest rates

At the same time, the increase in interest rates drove fewer borrowers to refinance their loans, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.

Housing market starts to balance in September, giving buyers more choices, time
Housing market starts to balance in September, giving buyers more choices, time

The month also saw a slight shift in inventory, even though shortages continued.

New-home sales rebound in September as prices hit new record
New-home sales rebound in September as prices hit new record

“There simply aren’t enough homes for sale relative to the demand fueled by millennials armed with low mortgage rate-driven house-buying power.” — First American Deputy Chief Economist Odeta Kushi

NAR: Existing-home sales rebound in September
NAR: Existing-home sales rebound in September

The median existing-home price for all housing types in September was $352,800, up 13.3% on an annual basis, as every region in the country registered price increases.

New-home construction cools in September
New-home construction cools in September

The decrease was driven by a 5.1% month-over-month slide in the rate of multifamily starts, while single-family construction was flat.

RE/MAX: Chicago housing market takes a pause in September 
RE/MAX: Chicago housing market takes a pause in September 

The number of closed sales fell 12.5% month over month, while active inventory slid 2.5% to 37,646. Median sales prices dropped 3%, but that’s still up 5.8% from September 2020. 

Mortgage rates spike at the end of September
Mortgage rates spike at the end of September

Mortgage rates rose quickly last week. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate hit 3.01%, up 0.13% from the week prior.

NAR: Pending home sales rebound in August
NAR: Pending home sales rebound in August

All four geographic regions saw increases, led by the Midwest, which clocked a 10.4% rise from July, and the South, where sales rose 8.6%. Pending transactions rose 7.2% in the West and 4.6% in the North.

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