Housing Affairs Letter


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Housing Growth Crawl Continues

It looks like this year will continue to be a challenge for a housing market that is still creeping out of the post-2008 recession doldrums.

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Rate Hike Likely To Affect Mortgages

While the Federal Reserve Board raised its benchmark interest rate for the fourth and last time in 2018, the move won’t affect home mortgage interest rates immediately, but expect a slight increase by the time the spring homebuying season gets underway.

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Outlawed Asbestos Back In Play

Opposition is ramping up over the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to resurrect asbestos for new uses. It was one of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s last acts before quitting the agency under fire July 6.

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Mortgage Rates Seen Up Slightly On Fed Move

While the Federal Reserve’s decision to increase its benchmark interest rate is expected to increase mortgage interest rates ever so slightly in the short term, experts see the rates reaching the 4.5% level by the end of 2018. But that may be overly optimistic, or pessimistic,

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Housing Supply May Get Tighter

Prospective homebuyers have faced a complex dilemma since 2012, when the housing market began to emerge from the 2008 crash and financial recession. They have had record low mortgage interest rates and increasing ability to finance a mortgage, but finding a suitable home

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Huge Sigh Of Relief Over Water Rule

One of the Trump administration’s chief targets has been hurdled: the Environmental Protection Agency’s water rule has been scrapped. The move has been greeted with cheers from the housing industry and homeowners affected by the rule which placed federal restrictions on

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Rising Rates Cloud 2017 Market

With mortgage rates now at a two-year high, the nation’s housing industry worries that the Federal Reserve’s decision to increase the benchmark interest rate this month and the prospect of additional increases next year will have a serious fallout on home construction and sales in

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Study: Housing Market Strengthens

America’s housing market has regained enough momentum to provide a growth engine for the U.S. economy, the latest Harvard study on the State of the Nation’s Housing 2016 shows.

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Market Confusion Continues Unabated

This week, cautious optimism greets market statistics, with mortgage applications up and builder confidence surging again (see Housing Market Notes in this issue). But the enduring outlook is one of pessimism until lawmakers finally tackle housing finance reform with the tenacity required to help shift the

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Baby Boom Housing Outlook Bleak

The study compiled by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies (HJCHS) and the AARP Foundation shows the number of adults aged 50 and above is expected to explode to 132 million by 2030, a 70% jump from 2000.

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