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US Housing Market Monthly

A round-up of all the latest economic news about the housing market and discussion on how this fits in with our forecasts of the market.

Sample - Investors and cash buyers pull back

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Housing market confidence taking a knockHigher mortgage rates denting housing market activityEarly signs of slowdown in house price appreciationSpike in mortgage rates not derailing recoveryInventory levels inch higherNon-distressed home sales up sharplyExisting housing supply posts meaningful riseSupply of homes nears record lowIncreased house price optimism among consumersFiscal cliff deal extends Mortgage Debt Relief Act
Surge in HARP refinancing continuesSigns that willing sellers are returningMortgage interest rates drop further on QE3Land values begin to riseDon’t fret about June’s weak sales figuresHouse prices are on a streak but may slow in second halfModest housing improvement still holding upPlenty more home sales pendingBorrowers making larger loan applicationsTentative signs that prices are stabilising
Slightly easier credit supporting salesActivity showing first signs of improvementHigh credit hurdle hampering housingPrice falls starting to gather pace againMedian mortgage just as cheap as median rentCash buyers and investors take frightHousing market hit by weaker economyDon't read too much into seasonal boostWorse than the Great DepressionPrice declines accelerating
Still in the doldrumsHousing has never been this under-valuedPrices still slidingMortgage rates reboundRebound stallsBouncing along the bottomPrices start to fall backHome sales in freefallDouble-dip begins