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How Many U.S. Households Are Considered ‘House Poor’?

According to a new Creditnews report, the number of American households considered "house poor" varies by state, with 17 exceeding the national average, as housing affordability continues to put financial pressure on prospective homebuyers and homeowners alike.

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Inventory Improves as New Listings Offer Buyers More Options

Realtor.com has released its Monthly Housing Market Trends Report for December, which revealed that while the share of active listings on the market remains low compared to pre-pandemic levels, an uptick in inventory could mean a broader range of homes for homebuyers to choose from.

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Credit Availability Falls to Decade-Plus Low

“Credit availability declined in December to the lowest level since 2012, as ongoing industry consolidation is resulting in more loan programs being removed from the marketplace,” said Joel Kan, MBA’s VP and Deputy Chief Economist.

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Accessory Dwelling Units Offer Relief from Housing-Related Challenges

Accessory Dwelling Units, known as ADUs, are small, independent units that are inside of, attached to, or detached from a primary residence, and a new report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies revealed they may have the potential to address housing-related challenges like affordability, equity, and environmental issues.

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Consumers Reveal Their 2024 Mortgage Rate Expectations

The Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index revealed consumers' optimism surrounding mortgage rates surged in December, and according to Mark Palim, VP and Deputy Chief Economist at Fannie Mae, "a more optimistic rate outlook among consumers may signal an expectation that home affordability pressures will ease in 2024."

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Health & Housing: Drawing Connections

According to a new study from the Joint Center for Housing Studies, health disparities may be driven by inequality within certain neighborhood environments, specifically those of color and lower income. 

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