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How Recent Mortgage Rate Increases Affect Housing Affordability

Bond Yields and Mortgage Rates are Moving Up This week has been an eventful one for bond markets. Just before the election, ten-year yields began to increase from the 1.8 percent yield they had held somewhat consistently in the...

Highlights of the August 2016 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey

While local conditions vary, the REALTORS® buyer traffic and current conditions confidence indices remained above 50 in August 2016, indicating that more local markets were “strong” rather than “weak,” according to the August 2016 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey Report.[1]...

Concern about Fast-Rising Prices, or Overworked Appraisers?

While the market seems to have made steady progress adjusting to the TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rules and TRID-induced delays,[1] a new contract-delaying culprit may be re-surfacing. In addition to flashing yellow lights on affordability as home prices continue...

The Latest on Home Prices

Recent housing price data at the national level suggests that home prices continue to increase at a strong pace—faster than what would be considered typical. Strong buyer demand and low inventories coupled with still relatively low levels of new...

Profile of International Clients Who Sold U.S. Residential Property in April 2015—March 2016

NAR’s recently released 2016 Profile of International Activity in U.S. Residential Real Estate gathered information from residential seller’s agents about international clients who sold residential property. International clients who sold their U.S. residential property mostly came from Canada, China, United...