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More Than 90% of Markets Post Increases Q1

Demand continued to outpace supply in the first quarter, with big gains in some midwestern cities and expensive west coast cities 'roaring back.'More than 9 in 10 metro markets posted home price gains in the first quarter of 2024, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ latest quarterly report. Of the 221 metro areas tracked, 30% experienced double-digit price gains; that’s up from 15% in the fourth quarter of 2023.During th

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U.S. Job Growth Totaled 175,000 in April, While Unemployment Rose to 3.9%

The U.S. economy added fewer jobs than expected in April while the unemployment rate rose, lifting hopes that the Federal Reserve will be able to cut interest rates in the coming months.Nonfarm payrolls increased by 175,000 on the month, below the 240,000 estimate from the Dow Jones consensus, the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. The unemployment rate ticked higher to 3.9% against expectations it would hold steady

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US Labor Costs Rise by Most in a Year as Productivity Cools

US labor costs increased in the first quarter by the most in a year as productivity gains slowed, potentially adding to risks inflation will remain elevated.Unit labor costs, or what a business pays employees to produce one unit of output after taking into account changes in productivity, climbed at a 4.7% annual rate. That marked a notable jump after muted gains in the second half of 2023.Productivity, or nonfarm employee output per hour, rose

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Mortgage Rates Surge to a New 2024 High

Home buyers are readjusting their budgets, realizing that borrowing costs are unlikely to move down anytime soon.Mortgage rates continued to climb for the fifth consecutive week, reaching a 7.22% average and a new high for 2024, Freddie Mac reported Thursday. The last time rates rose this high was in November 2023.“Mortgage interest rates are unlikely to move down soon, especially in light of yesterday’s Federal Reserve announcement—the Fed

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Home Prices Soar Even Higher in February, Despite Higher Mortgage Rates

Strong demand and tight supply continue to push home values higher, even though mortgage rates are now moving higher again.Home prices in February jumped 6.4% year over year, another increase after the prior month’s annual gain of 6%, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller national home price index released Tuesday. It was the fastest rate of price growth since November 2022.The 10-city composite rose 8%, up from a 7.4% increase in the

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Mortgage Demand Drops as Interest Rates Soar Over 7%

Mortgage rates rose for the third straight week last week, hitting the highest level since November. As a result, mortgage application demand dropped 2.7% compared with the previous week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s seasonally adjusted index.The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($766,550 or less) increased to 7.24% from 7.13%, with points increasing to 0.66 from 0.

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New-Home Sales Post Biggest Jump Since December 2022

New-home sales up nearly 9%, boosted by strength in the NortheastThe numbers: Sales of newly built homes in the U.S. rose in March, posting the biggest increase since December 2022.Home buyers snapped up new homes, pushing sales to the highest level since September 2023, just before the 30-year mortgage rate began its trek to 7%. U.S. new-home sales rose 8.8% to an annual rate of 693,000 in March, from a revised 637,000 in the prior mon

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Contract Signings Reach a New High for 2024

Pending home sales kicked off the spring season with a strong start, but challenges for the homebuying market remain, new NAR data shows.Pending home sales increased in March, reaching their highest level of the year so far, while new-home sales also rose last month. But with mortgage rates now in  the 7% range, which could scare home buyers moving forward.The National Association of REALTORS®’ Pending Home Sales Index—a

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Luxury Real Estate Prices Just Hit an All-Time Record

Real estate is increasingly a tale of two markets — a luxury sector that is booming, and the rest of the market that continues to struggle with higher rates and low inventory.Overall real estate sales fell 4% nationwide in the first quarter, according to Redfin. Yet, luxury real estate sales increased more than 2%, posting their best year-over-year gains in three years, according to Redfin.Real estate experts and brokers chalk up the di

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New-Home Sales Climb as Builder Incentives Pay Off

The spring housing market has gotten off to a sluggish start due to higher mortgage rates, but new-home sales appear to be a bright spot.Sales of newly built single-family homes jumped nearly 9% in March, reaching their highest level since last fall, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. With limited inventory options in the resale market, more buyers are eyeing new construction.Home builders are showing more willingness to offer incentives,

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