Home prices have been rising at fastest clip in 15 years

Mar 30, 2021
Prices climbed 11% year over year in metro areas, driven by the limited number of homes for sale and low mortgage rates.
Booming home prices, driven by limited inventory and low interest rates, can frustrate potential buyers.
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The refinancing boom could be slowing down ... for now

Mar 22, 2021
Many people may have already locked in ultra-low mortgage rates over the past year.
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Mortgage rates creep up on inflation fears

Feb 22, 2021
But they are still very low, historically speaking. Here's what that could mean for the housing market.
Despite rising mortgage rates, the housing market is still booming.
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Refinancing a mortgage just got more expensive

Dec 4, 2020
A new "adverse market fee" kicked in this week, despite declining interest rates.
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Home prices keep rising in the pandemic

Aug 25, 2020
But low interest rates soften the blow.
A house for sale in Arlington, Virginia, in May. Thanks to low interest rates, affordability has improved in many locales in the U.S.
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Homeowners stay put, keeping inventory low

Oct 24, 2019
The average homeownership tenure has more than doubled, to about eight years.
People are staying in their homes longer than they used to. Above, a real estate agent gives a tour of a house.
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What's making homebuilders so cheery?

Sep 18, 2019
Lower mortgage rates should help more people buy new homes.
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Why low mortgage rates don’t always mean more home sales

Jun 25, 2019
New home sales are down, even though mortgage rates are down, too. But low mortgages aren't the deciding factor when it comes to buying a home.
A sale-pending sign is posted in front of a home in San Francisco.
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Home buyers navigate sluggish housing market

Oct 24, 2018
Sales of new and existing homes haven't been this slow for years, so what's a buyer to do?
 A 'For Sale' sign sits in front of a new home May 27, 2004 in Miami, Florida. 
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Home buyers navigate sluggish housing market

Oct 24, 2018
Sales of new and existing homes haven't been this slow for years, so what's a buyer to do?
 A 'For Sale' sign sits in front of a new home May 27, 2004 in Miami, Florida. 
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