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Rents Surged in these U.S. Cities in June

Metros in central and western New York recorded some of the biggest price increases in the countryRust Belt cities in central and western New York are getting a lot of love these days—maybe too much. The median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Syracuse increased by 29% in June to $1,200 compared with a year ago, and was up 2.6% from May, according to the latest report from rental platform Zumper. That was by far the highe

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Median Sales Prices Reach New High

More housing inventory will eventually tame home price growth in the upcoming months, says NAR’s chief economist. Read more from NAR’s latest housing report.Existing-home sales prices climbed to a record high in May, as home buyers—also up against mortgage rates that were then above 7%—must continue digging deeper into their pockets.The median existing-home sales price rose nearly 6% in May compared to a year ago, reaching $419,300, the h

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Home Buyers May Find Slight Reprieve in Mortgage Rates

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage saw another small incremental decline, averaging 6.87% this week.Mortgage rates continue to fall from their recent 7% highs, lowering borrowing costs for hopeful house hunters who may eagerly be looking for any type of price break. This week marked the third consecutive week for mortgage rate cuts, following signs of cooling inflation, Freddie Mac reports.“These lower mortgage rates, coupled with the gradually im

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US Labor Market, Housing Data Point to Slowing Economy

First-time applications for U.S. unemployment benefits fell moderately last week, while new housing construction dropped to the lowest level in nearly four years in May, suggesting that economic activity remained moderate in the second quarter.The data on Thursday combined with tepid retail sales last month to keep a September interest rate cut from the Federal Reserve on the table. Financial markets are anticipating one or more rate cuts this ye

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U.S. Consumer Sentiment Unexpectedly Drops to Seven-Month Low in June

The University of Michigan released preliminary data on Friday unexpectedly showing a continued deterioration in U.S. consumer sentiment in the month of June.The report said the consumer sentiment index fell to 65.6 in June after tumbling to 69.1 in May. Economists had expected the index to rebound to 72.0.With the unexpected decrease, the consumer sentiment index dropped to its lowest level since hitting 61.3 in November 2023.The continued slump

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Freddie Mac Sees Improving Multifamily Investment Opportunities

Falling Property Prices, Interest Rates Improve Buying Conditions It may be slightly easier now to find attractive multifamily investment opportunities than it was at the end of last year, according to housing finance giant Freddie Mac.Freddie Mac’s Multifamily Apartment Investment Market Index rose by 8.7% in the first quarter as well as over the full year, with the annual index up 8.1%.The AIMI’s quarterly rise occurred nationwide and in al

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Mortgage Rates Spend another Week Under 7%

The latest inflation numbers show housing affordability remains a problem in the economic recovery.Mortgage rates cooled slightly once again this week, now averaging 6.95%, as they continued to dial back after last month’s surge and returned to averages typical of a year ago, Freddie Mac reports.“Mortgage rates continued to fall back this week as incoming data suggests the economy is cooling to a more sustainable level of growth,” says Sam

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Amazon Commits another $1.4B to Affordable Housing Fund

Amazon has refilled its multibillion-dollar Housing Equity Fund with an infusion of money that it projects will preserve and create an additional 14,000 affordable housing units.The e-commerce giant committed to adding another $1.4B to its affordable housing fund, bringing the total fund size to more than $3.6B, Amazon announced Tuesday.Amazon launched it as a $2B fund in January 2021 with the goal to preserve and create 20,000 housing units

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Demand for Housing Continues to Rise, Even Without Population Growth

Residential REITs own more than 1.3 million apartment units and more than 200,000 single family rental houses, as well as manufactured housing, RV parks, and marinas.The ongoing housing crunch has helped REITs maintain strong operating performance through the past few years. As more adults choose to live alone, demand for housing continues to rise even without population growth. The latest earnings report shows residential REIT FFO was down 2.3%

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US Household Wealth Hit Another Record in First Quarter, Fed Data Shows

U.S. household wealth rose to a record of more than $160 trillion in the first three months of 2024 thanks to the stock market's record run and gains in real estate, Federal Reserve data showed on Friday.Household net worth rose 3.2%, or by $5.1 trillion, with the appreciation of equity holdings accounting for the lion's share of the gain at $3.8 trillion, the Fed said in its quarterly snapshot of the nation's private and public sector finances.T

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