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    New York (CNN Business)GROWING PAINSAll right, Jay Powell, part of your plan seems to be working: Fewer people are buying homes. But that's not translating to lower prices — at least not yet.Here's the deal: Once again, for the gazillionth month in a row, home prices in America hit an all-time high. The median price was $416,000 in June, up 13.4% the same month last year, my colleague Anna Bahney reports. That's ... bananas. At the same time, sales fell for the fifth month in a row, down some 14% from a year ago. Now, in simple economics (the only kind I know), when prices get too high, that should soften demand — which should in turn force prices down. But that takes time, especially when the market is as white-hot as it's been for the past two years. Read MoreRight now, it's an awkward moment when neither buyers nor sellers are all that happy. There are a few reasons for that: Mortgage rates are double what they were a year ago. The standard 30-year fixed-rate mortgage stood at...
    (CNN)Anyone who bought a home -- or tried to -- over the past couple of years knows that it was rip-roaringly competitive, with buyers offering well above asking price and all-cash deals. But it actually could have been worse. One group all but disappeared from the market during the pandemic: Foreign buyers. But now foreign real estate investments are slowly coming back, according to a survey from the National Association of Realtors. Travel restrictions during the pandemic barred prospective buyers from abroad from traveling to the US and shopping for homes. But with those restrictions falling away -- along with many Covid testing requirements -- foreign buyers have returned. Between April 2021 and March of this year, international buyers snatched up $59 billion worth of US residential properties. That was up 8.5% from the previous year, breaking a three-year streak of declines. The increase in dollar volume was largely due to rising purchase prices, according to the report. The median price of homes purchased by foreign buyers between April 2021 and March of this year was a record $366,100, even...
    ”Survey says” looks at various rankings and scorecards judging geographic locations while noting these grades are best seen as a mix of artful interpretation and data. Buzz: The state known for gambling was a worker’s best bet as 2021 ended as the economy continued its recovery from the pandemic’s business chill. Source: My trusty spreadsheet reviewed one of my favorite jobs numbers — the quarterly tally by the Bureau of Labor Statistics compiled from employers records, not a monthly survey. (So, it’s slow to come out, but more accurate.) For this scorecard, hiring and wage patterns were combined into “payroll growth,” seeking the states where bosses increased staffing and pay by the largest combined amount in the 12 months ended in December. Topline Congrats, Nevada workers! Your employers upped their collective paychecks in the fourth quarter by 18% vs. the end of 2020 — a jump in workers and salaries bigger than any other state. Then came Florida at 17%, New Hampshire at 16.7%, Colorado at 14.5% and New York at 13%. California ranked No. 11 at 12.6%. Rival Texas? No....
    (CNN)The housing market is showing signs of cooling off.Sales of existing homes -- which include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops -- were up 2% in July from the month before, marking two consecutive months of increases, according to a report from the National Association of Realtors. The number of available homes for sale also rose a bit in July, relieving some of the pressure on buyers. And while home prices still climbed year-over-year, they did not top recent record levels, the report found. More from Financial Empowerment How much house can I afford? How does inflation affect my standard of living? How much do I need to save for retirement? "There has been a turn in the market from super heated to still very strong," said Lawrence Yun, NAR's chief economist.A consistently tight supply of inventory has pushed home prices higher over the past year, but that picture is improving slightly, said Yun. The inventory of unsold homes increased 7.3% from June to July, but it was still down 12% from a year ago, NAR reported. Unsold inventory...
    The demand for homes in Australia is far outstripping the supply of properties in the market. Mikulas/ Getty Images Property prices in the US may be heating up, but so are those down under in Australia.  One realtor told Insider he saw 20% increases in property prices within a matter of months. Sydney's property prices are rising by $1,220 AUD ($766) every day, with the median price of homes nudging toward $1 million AUD. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. First-time home buyer Gregory Anderson says his journey to find a home in Sydney is "a special kind of hell."  Speaking to Insider about his quest to find a starter home, Anderson, 31, detailed how almost every listing he and his wife  Sophie, 30, looked at was vastly out of their budget. What made it worse for the couple was how the price of apartments — even in suburban areas further from the city center — seemed to inch upward every day. "It was depressing enough when we started house-hunting in January when we could already barely...
    Fact check: Whats true and whats false about the COVID-19 vaccine Jean-Luc Brunel, Alleged Procurer of Jeffrey Epstein’s Victims, Arrested on Human Trafficking Charges US mortgage rates tumble to 15th record low of the year as housing market rallies © Justin Sullivan/Getty Justin Sullivan/Getty The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate fell to 2.67% from 2.71% this week, marking the fifteenth record low of 2020, according to Freddie Mac. The historically low borrowing costs continue to fuel a housing-market surge and establish the sector as one of the few bright spots in the ailing US economy. Homebuilder sentiments remain optimistic and "purchase demand shows no real signs of waning at all heading into next year," Sam Khater, Freddie Mac's chief economist, said in a statement. Visit the Business Insider homepage for more stories. For the fifteenth time this year, US mortgage rates have reached a record low. Load Error The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate dipped to 2.67% this week, down from 2.71% seen the week prior. The new reading is the lowest in data going back...
    Amid surge, Covid survivor warns others to take virus seriously Ron Klain named Bidens chief of staff, first White House official picked for administration US home prices surge the most since 2013 as Americans take advantage of rock-bottom mortgage rates © Gene J. Puskar/AP Photo Gene J. Puskar/AP Photo The median price for a single-family home in the US rose 12% in the third quarter of 2020, according to the National Association of Realtors.  Bloomberg reported that this 12% jump is the highest year-over-year increase since 2013.  Low-mortgage rates have fueled 2020's powerful housing rally. But as home prices significantly outpace median family income growth, more Americans are pushed out of the housing market and forced to delay homeownership.  The proportion of first-time buyers dropped to 31%, the lowest share in over 30 years. Visit the Business Insider homepage for more stories. The median price for a single-family home in the US rose 12% in the third quarter to $313,500, according to the National Association of Realtors. Load Error It's the highest year-over-year...
    Tennessee city to settle with Billy Casper Golf for $175,000 Carson Daly Shows Off Genius DIY Halloween Setup Hell Use to Safely Give Trick-or-Treaters Candy Mortgage rates hit 10th record low of 2020, further fueling the US housing markets boom © Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Justin Sullivan/Getty Images The average US 30-year fixed mortgage rate fell to 2.81% from 2.87% its lowest in Freddie Mac data going back nearly 50 years. The reading also marked the 10th record low this year, reflecting the tumbling borrowing costs that fueled the housing market's rebound. Sales of new and existing homes have thrived through the pandemic, but steadily rising prices stand to slow the rally and could delay homeownership for some Americans. "It's important to remember that not all people are able to take advantage of low rates given the effects of the pandemic," said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac's chief economist. Visit the Business Insider homepage for more stories. For the 10th time this year, mortgage rates hit a record low. Load Error The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate fell...
    Preseason power rankings based on the analytics 15 Discontinued Chip Flavors We Want Back San Francisco rents are plunging to the lowest levels in 6 years, even as the US housing market stages a comeback © Jane Tyska/Digital First Media/East Bay Times/Getty Images Jane Tyska/Digital First Media/East Bay Times/Getty Images San Francisco rents continue to plunge, according to new data from the real-estate platform Zumper. Rents in the city as well as other expensive havens like Manhattan are falling more than the country as a whole.  However, data doesn't support online debates about a supposed death of cities. The US real-estate market remains strong in both cities and suburban areas. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Much of the US housing market has staged a surprising comeback after the COVID-19 pandemic threw a wrench into home sales and rentals. But in San Francisco, it's a tenant's market. Load Error New data from the real-estate company Zumper released Tuesday shows median rental prices for a one-bedroom apartment in the city have fallen to $3,040 per month,...
    Wildfires are ravaging California, heres how you can help Walmart, Target, and innovative retail startups soar as pandemic-era bankruptcies plague smaller chains and restaurants US existing home sales surged a record 24.7% in July as the housing market recovery continued © FREDERIC J. BROWN / Contributor/Getty Images FREDERIC J. BROWN / Contributor/Getty Images US existing home sales surged a record 24.7% in July, according to a Friday report from the National Association of Realtors.  The jump marks the second consecutive month of record sales gains as the swift housing market recovery continues.  "The housing market is well past the recovery phase and is now booming with higher home sales compared to the pre-pandemic days," said Lawrence Yun, NAR's chief economist. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. US existing home sales notched another record monthly jump as the housing market recovery from the coronavirus pandemic continues, fueled by low mortgage rates and pent-up demand.  Load Error Completed transactions of existing homes jumped a record 24.7% in July to a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.86 million, according...
    New York City and San Francisco have seen housing prices fall and homes linger on the market for longer amid the COVID-19 pandemic as demand for rental properties in US cities has dropped nationally. Despite initial reports that city-dwellers were snatching up homes in the suburbs amid the pandemic, housing prices in urban areas have actually been keeping pace with suburban regions across the country, according to a data analysis by Zillow. The exception to that trend, however, is being seen in NYC and San Francisco - the nation's two most expensive housing markets.  The analysis looked into whether the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent explosion in people working from home had kicked off a boom in typically less-expensive suburban areas.  It found that the rate of newly pending sales, which is a leading indicator of completed sales, has picked up since February in both urban and suburban areas.  Zillow economist Jeff Tucker said this trend showed there was no widespread evidence that Americans were buying up properties in the suburbs in a bid to flee cities.    Despite initial reports that...
    Matt Mitrione on foe Timothy Johnson: He doesnt look like a quality fighter, but he is What Teachers Recommend for Virtual Schooling in the Fall US 30-year mortgage rate falls to 2.88%, hitting a record low for the 8th time this year © AP Photo/Alan Diaz AP Photo/Alan Diaz The popular US 30-year fixed mortgage rate fell to another record low of 2.88%, Freddie Mac said Thursday.  It's the eighth time this year that the rate has slipped to a record low amid the coronavirus pandemic. "The resilience of the housing market continues as mortgage rates hit another all-time low, giving potential buyers more purchasing power and strengthening demand," said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac's chief economist, in a statement.  Read more on Business Insider.  Mortgage rates have fallen again, hitting yet another record low amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Load Error The popular US 30-year fixed mortgage rate slipped to 2.88%, down from 2.99% a week earlier, Freddie Mac said Thursday. That's the lowest the rate has fallen in survey history, dating back to 1971. It's...
    U.S. home prices will defy the current economic downturn and ride out the storm, supported by record low mortgage rates and limited supply, according to a Reuters poll that showed housing outpacing consumer price rises this year and next. The U.S. housing market, which was at the epicenter of the previous financial crisis that led to a global recession, is expected to remain a bright spot amid a sharp downturn as the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak economic havoc. The pandemic has infected more than 2.2 million people in the United States, claiming around 120,000 lives and infections are rising in many parts of the country. According to the June 9-19 poll of over 40 housing strategists, house prices will rise 3.0% this year and next. Three months ago they were expected to rise 3.4% and 3.2% respectively, so the forecast is remarkably stable, given the economy is taking its worst hit on record and unemployment has soared to levels not seen since the Great Depression. "Housing demand is coming back in dramatic fashion, with homebuilders in markets all...
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