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Housing affordability falls for a third straight month
Housing affordability falls for a third straight month

Affordability declined in 49 of the 50 major markets according to the May 2021 First American Real House Price Index. 

New-home sales fall 6.6% in June
New-home sales fall 6.6% in June

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development reported that the median sales price slid to $361,800 from $380,700 in May.

Existing-home sales reverse four-month decline in June
Existing-home sales reverse four-month decline in June

At the same time, the median existing-home price for all housing types in May was up 23.4% on an annual basis, as every region in the country registered price increases.

Mortgage applications fall as interest rates rise
Mortgage applications fall as interest rates rise

Meanwhile, the seasonally adjusted purchase index declined 6% from the previous week, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported.

Housing starts tick higher in June
Housing starts tick higher in June

Privately owned housing units authorized by building permits in June came in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,598,000, down 5.1 % from the revised May rate of 1,683,000, but 23.3% above the year-ago rate of 1,296,000.

NAHB: Builder confidence drops again on materials costs, supply-chain woes
NAHB: Builder confidence drops again on materials costs, supply-chain woes

July’s reading of 80 was down one point from June, but still signaled strong demand for housing, the National Association of Home Builders said.

Redfin: Housing market could be reaching something of an equilibrium
Redfin: Housing market could be reaching something of an equilibrium

During the four-week period ended July 11, the average weekly share of homes for sale with a price drop passed 4% for the first time since September 2020.

Mortgage applications surge 16% as interest rates fall
Mortgage applications surge 16% as interest rates fall

Meanwhile, the Mortgage Bankers Association’s seasonally adjusted purchase index rose 8% from the previous week.

Compass, Guaranteed Rate launch loan origination company OriginPoint
Compass, Guaranteed Rate launch loan origination company OriginPoint

Two of the largest leaders in the real estate market are joining forces to form a new mortgage origination company.

DOJ withdraws from antitrust settlement with NAR
DOJ withdraws from antitrust settlement with NAR

The department determined that the settlement would not do enough to protect its ability to investigate other conduct by the association affecting competition in the real estate market.

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