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Millennials Remain Driving Force In Housing Market Potential

By Mark Fleming on January 19, 2022

The final Potential Home Sales Model report of 2021 revealed that market potential ended the year on a strong note. While the winter months are traditionally real estate’s slow season, our meas... Read More›

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The Reconomy Podcast™: What The Federal Reserve’s Approach To Inflation Means For The Housing Market In 2022

By FirstAm Editor on January 13, 2022

In this episode of the REconomy Podcast™ from First American, Chief Economist Mark Fleming and Deputy Chief Economist Odeta Kushi discuss the challenge facing the Federal Reserve in 2022 – how to tackle inflation while p... Read More›

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Where Do First-time Home Buyers Have The Best Opportunity To Buy A Home In 2022?

By Ksenia Potapov on January 12, 2022

Unlike the two-thirds of Americans who already own a home, potential first-time home buyers did not benefit from the surging levels of Read More›

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The Reconomy Podcast™: What To Expect From The Housing Market In 2022

By FirstAm Editor on December 30, 2021

In this episode of the REconomy Podcast™ from First American, Chief Economist Mark Fleming and Deputy Chief Economist Odeta Kushi discuss the economic forces that will shape the housing market in 2022.

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Affordability Falls To Its Lowest Level Since 2008

By Mark Fleming on December 27, 2021

Affordability sank to its lowest level since 2008 in October, as two of the three key drivers of the Real House Price Index (RH... Read More›

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Will Rising Mortgage Rates Slow Sales?

By Mark Fleming on December 22, 2021

In November 2021, housing market potential decreased modestly month-over-month to a 6.26 million seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR), according to our Potential Home Sales (PHS) model. Housing market potential in ... Read More›

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