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NAR: Pending home sales rebound in August
NAR: Pending home sales rebound in August

All four geographic regions saw increases, led by the Midwest, which clocked a 10.4% rise from July, and the South, where sales rose 8.6%. Pending transactions rose 7.2% in the West and 4.6% in the North.

S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller: Home-price gains set fourth record in a row
S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller: Home-price gains set fourth record in a row

The 10-city composite index rose 1.4% on a monthly basis and 19.1% on a yearly basis, while the 20-city composite gained 1.5% monthly and 19.9% annually. 

Democratic senators propose 20-year mortgage for low-income, first-time homebuyers
Democratic senators propose 20-year mortgage for low-income, first-time homebuyers

The Low-Income First Time Homebuyers Act (LIFT) establishes a program to sponsor 20-year mortgages that would build equity at twice the rate of a conventional 30-year mortgage.

New-home sales rise in August
New-home sales rise in August

The seasonally adjusted estimate of new houses for sale at the end of July was 378,000, representing a supply of 6.1 months at the current sales rate.

Surge in multifamily construction drives housing starts in August
Surge in multifamily construction drives housing starts in August

The increase was driven by a 21.6% month-over-month spike in the rate of new multifamily construction. Single-family housing starts, meanwhile, slid 2.8%.

NAHB: Builder confidence posts first monthly gain in four months
NAHB: Builder confidence posts first monthly gain in four months

September’s reading of 76 was up one point from August, despite lingering challenges with labor and the building-material supply chain, the National Association of Home Builders reported, citing the latest NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index.

RE/MAX: Home sales, prices decline in August
RE/MAX: Home sales, prices decline in August

Month over month, home sales were down 3.5%, and the median sale price declined 1.2% to $335,000.

NAR sues DOJ after the department withdraws from antitrust settlement
NAR sues DOJ after the department withdraws from antitrust settlement

The Justice Department’s original complaint against the National Association of Realtors, filed Nov. 19, 2020, alleges that the association enforced rules and policies that illegally hampered competition in residential real estate services.

Pending home sales up 6% from 2020 despite dwindling listings
Pending home sales up 6% from 2020 despite dwindling listings

A decline in new home listings has had little impact on the market as far as demand is concerned, according to a recent Redfin report.

Why the future of exurbs remains uncertain
Why the future of exurbs remains uncertain

Over the past year, outer suburbs, or exurbs, have experienced a particularly intense boom. It’s those distant areas which saw the sharpest increase in interested buyers, according to Realtor.com.

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