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Fannie Mae Examines Remote Work and Affordability

“When remote work is coupled with the reported rise in the importance of affordability, it's not surprising that respondents expressed a greater willingness to live farther from their current location,” noted a Fannie Mae report. “Of course, renters indicated the greatest affordability concerns, as well as a willingness to consider areas farther away from their current location.”

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New Building Permit Numbers Beats Expectations

“U.S. housing starts in July were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.452 million, which is 3.9% above the downward revised June estimate of 1.398 million and is 5.9% above the July 2022 rate of 1.371 million,” First American Deputy Chief Economist Odeta Kushi said.

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Increasingly Bleak Real Estate Expectations for Potential Homebuyers

“Consumers also indicated that they don’t expect these affordability constraints to improve in the near future, with significant majorities thinking that both home prices and mortgage rates will either increase or remain the same over the next year,” said Mark Palim, Fannie Mae’s VP and Deputy Chief Economist.

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The Science of Appraisals

Fannie Mae’s Jake Williamson and Appraisal Institute President Craig Steinley share their perspective with MReport about how the industry is working to improve the appraisal process in 2023.

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