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Rates Draining Homebuyer Purchasing Power

Continued economic instability and inflationary concerns forced more potential homebuyers to pull back from the market in September, as the MBA reported builder applications fell by 7% over August 2022’s data.

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Potential Homebuyers Feel Biggest Impact of Rising Rates

“The higher the mortgage rate, the more sellers will go on strike and the more potential buyers will feel the impact of reduced house-buying power, but price appreciation will further slow and potential buyers can use adjustable-rate mortgages to regain some of that lost house-buying power,” said Mark Fleming, First American’s Chief Economist.

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Learning to Pivot

As the population continues to grow and single-family home builds slip, multifamily builds and build-to-rent are hitting historic highs.

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Rent Growth Expected to Moderate Further Into 2023

While rising supply is causing rent growth to slow, Redfin’s latest market report revealed rent growth experienced its first single-digit increase in a year, marking a significant slowdown from the estimated 20% growth in Q1. Here are the latest findings.

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Defining the Culture

Two years into her stint with the bank, Head of Wells Fargo Home Lending Kristy Fercho speaks to MReport about challenges, victories, and the “extraordinary privilege” of helping people achieve the American Dream.

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Fannie Mae: Q3 Home Price Growth Decelerates

“Year-over-year home price growth decelerated in the third quarter, as the sharp rise in mortgage rates—and declining housing affordability—appears to have weighed further on demand,” said Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae’s SVP and Chief Economist.

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Study: Fewer Homeowners Planning to Utilize Tappable Equity

According to TD Bank's 2022 Home Equity Trend Watch survey, many Americans have more equity in their homes than ever before, as new data showed that nearly 50% of homeowners know how much tappable equity is available on their home but have yet to or no plans to tap into it.

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