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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].

Price Declines Offering Renters Some Relief

U.S. rent prices fell for the seventh consecutive month in November, according to a new Realtor.com report, as rental supply outpaced elevated demand in the West and South. However, Northeastern renters continued to struggle with higher costs.

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Mortgage Credit Availability Declines as Lending Standards Tighten

“Credit availability in November declined to its lowest level in four months, driven by reduced offerings of non-QM and jumbo loan programs,” said Joel Kan, MBA’s VP and Deputy Chief Economist. “The conforming and government indices were unchanged over the month but remained close to multi-year lows.”

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Asking Rents Post Biggest Decline in Over 3 Years

“Renters are finally catching a break," said Redfin Chief Economist Daryl Fairweather. "Better deals are easier to come by because landlords are doling out concessions and rents have started falling in a meaningful way. Rising supply also means renters have more good options to choose from."

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Home Buying Power Falls

The path to homeownership is becoming increasingly challenging for Americans nationwide, but how much can potential homebuyers afford to spend on a home in today's market? A new Point2 study showed that the median home price is now twice what the average buyer can afford, posing even more financial barriers for those seeking the American Dream.

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Study: Mobile Home Prices Outpace Single-Family Homes

While mobile homes are typically less expensive than more traditional site-built, single-family housing, according to a new LendingTree report, that doesn’t mean they’re cheap. See how much mobile homes are costing across the U.S. in this new report.

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