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Demetria C. Lester is a reporter for DS News and MReport magazines with more than eight years of writing experience. She has served as content coordinator and copy editor for the Los Angeles Daily News and the Orange County Register, in addition to 11 other Southern California publications. A former editor-in-chief at Northlake College and staff writer at her alma mater, the University of Texas at Arlington, she has covered events such as the Byron Nelson and Pac-12 Conferences, progressing into her freelance work with the Dallas Wings and D Magazine. Currently located in Dallas, Texas, Lester is an avid jazz lover and likes to read. She can be reached at [email protected].

Mortgage Credit Availability Rebounds

The MBA's Mortgage Credit Availability Index revealed that August's share of mortgage credit availability was on the upswing after a decrease in July, which resulted in the lowest level of credit availability recorded since 2013.

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Renting vs. Buying: Examining the Cost of Homeownership

Potential first-time homebuyers looking to shift from renting to homeownership in 2023 are facing mortgage rates that are nearly 4 percentage points higher than the low point in Q4 2020, limiting their purchasing power. In a new analysis, First American Economist Ksenia Potapov revealed the costs of renting against the costs of owning a home.

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Housing Premiums, Home Prices Tick Up From July

Housing premiums have risen in seven of the top 10 hottest housing markets in the country amid concerns that the real estate market is taking off again after years of record price growth, according to July data from the Florida Atlantic University's Top 100 U.S. Housing Markets report.

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Q2 Housing Affordability Down Across Large U.S. Metros

Even the most affordable metro areas analyzed in NerdWallet's latest Q2 housing activity report experienced price increases that decreased overall affordability, as rising home prices and high interest rates continue to make the homebuying process even more difficult for potential first-time buyers.

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Rising Home Prices Fueled by Ongoing Supply Shortage

Redfin's latest housing market update showed that the total share of homes on the market is down nearly 18% year-over-year, representing the biggest decline since February 2022. A significant lack of homes for sale caused home prices to rise nearly 5% annually, as mortgage-purchase applications remain at their lowest level in nearly three decades.

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San Francisco Homeowners Most Likely to Lose Money When Selling

Due to a plunge in home prices in the popular Bay Area metro, San Francisco homeowners were most likely to lose money when selling their home. According to a new Redfin report, the typical San Franciscan seller who took a loss sold their home for $100,000 less than they bought it for.

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Mortgage Rates Soar to 22-Year High

While economic uncertainties remain a struggle for many Americans, rate hikes continued to slow overall housing market activity in August as mortgage rates reached their highest in over two decades, according to HouseCanary's Market Pulse report.

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