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Will The End Of Forbearance Trigger A Wave Of Foreclosures?

By Odeta Kushi on May 4, 2021

Following the rapid contraction in U.S. economic activity because of the outbreak of COVID-19, millions of Americans took advantage of payment suspension and mortgage forbearance programs. At the peak in June 2020, appro... Read More›

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Rising Rates Unlikely To Substantially Cool Hot Spring Home-buying Season

By Mark Fleming on April 16, 2021

After hitting its highest point since 2007 last month, housing market potential fell modestly in March, according to our Potential Home Sales Model. Housing market potential remains near the 13-year high point, but the s... Read More›

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Top Five Cities For Lower-income Renters To Pursue The Dream Of Homeownership

By Odeta Kushi on April 14, 2021

In the fourth quarter of 2020, the median renter experienced a 10 percent boost to their house-buying power relative to one year ago, but the share of homes they could afford to buy declined by 4 percentage points due to... Read More›

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The Good, The Bad And The Maybe Ahead Of Spring Home Buying

By Mark Fleming on March 19, 2021

In February 2021, housing market potential increased to its highest level since 2007, despite the largest month-over-month jump in mortgage rates since October 2019. Housing market potential rose 1.3 percent in February ... Read More›

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Will The Pandemic “she-cession” Derail Growth In Homeownership Among Single Women?

By Odeta Kushi on March 11, 2021

During Women’s History Month, it’s important to reflect on the progress that single women have made in achieving one of the main tenet... Read More›

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Interview With Yahoo! Finance: “single Women Are Clearly Embracing Wealth Creation Through Home Buying”

By FirstAm Editor on March 8, 2021

First American Deputy Chief Economist Odeta Kushi was interviewed on Yahoo! Finance earlier this month, explaining why women homeownership rates are on the rise and the outlook for the housing market in the year ahead.Read More›

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