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Bidding Wars Heating Up for Starter Homes

Entry-level home shoppers are most likely to face bidding wars this spring, as prices rose by 8% annually for the least expensive one-third of houses, while more expensive homes lost value for the first time in more than a decade.

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Price Growth Cools as Renters Seek More Affordable Areas

“Rental cost growth relaxed again in February but is still increasing nationwide year-over-year,” said Molly Boesel, Principal Economist at CoreLogic. “Less-expensive metros have emerged as those with the highest appreciating rental costs, as tenants contend with elevated rents and inflation."

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Is a Credit Crunch Coming?

“While the NFCI Credit index indicated that credit tightened in March, which reduced housing market potential, the credit tightening was modest and far from recent pandemic lows, and certainly nothing like the Great Financial Crisis period,” said Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American.

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Rise in Rates Hampers Mortgage Apps

The MBA reports a near 9% week-over-week slide in mortgage applications, as cautious buyers proceed through the spring season amid continued affordability challenges and limited supply.

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Q1 Home Prices Up Nearly 5% Percent YoY

"As expected, the annual rate of increase in home prices has slowed dramatically in response to the rapid and significant increase in interest rates," said Doug Duncan, SVP and Chief Economist at Fannie Mae.

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New Home Purchase Apps Rise YoY

The MBA reports that despite rates over the 6% mark and low for-sale inventory stunting overall sales, mortgage applications for new home purchases increased 0.6% in March compared to one year ago.

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