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Affordability Declined For Third Month In A Row

By Mark Fleming on July 27, 2021

Housing affordability declined on a year-over-year basis for the third month in a row in May, following a two-year streak of rising affordability. The decline in May occurred even as two of the t... Read More›

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Reconomy Podcast: What’s Driving The Shift In The Housing Market Today, Supply Or Demand?

By FirstAm Editor on July 23, 2021

In this episode of the REconomy podcast from First American, Chief Economist Mark Fleming and Deputy Chief Economist Odeta Kushi examine the supply and demand dynamic in the housing market to explain why home sales are d... Read More›

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Reconomy Podcast: What Will The End Of The Foreclosure Moratorium Mean For The Housing Market?

By FirstAm Editor on July 8, 2021

In this episode of the REconomy podcast from First American, Chief Economist Mark Fleming and Deputy Chief Economist Odeta Kushi explain why the end of the foreclosure moratorium later this month is unlikely to trigger a... Read More›

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Is It A Good Time To Buy A Home?

By Mark Fleming on June 28, 2021

In today’s housing market, the power is very clearly in the hands of the seller. In April, First American Data & Analytics’ nominal house price index increased 16.2 percent year over year, the fastest pace since 2005... Read More›

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Reconomy Podcast: Will Rising Mortgage Rates Slow The Housing Market?

By FirstAm Editor on June 24, 2021

In this episode of the REconomy podcast from First American, Chief Economist Mark Fleming and Deputy Chief Economist Odeta Kushi explain the economic concept of demand elasticity and why housing market demand tends to be... Read More›

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Reconomy Podcast: What Does The Rush To Suburbia Mean For Real Estate?

By FirstAm Editor on June 10, 2021

In this episode of the REconomy podcast from First American, Chief Economist Mark Fleming and Deputy Chief Economist Odeta Kushi explain the dynamics influencing the second coming of suburbia and the implications for the... Read More›

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