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How Will Rising Mortgage Rates Impact House-buying Power?

By Mark Fleming on October 26, 2021

In August, year-over-year nominal house price appreciation reached 20.7 percent, the third consecutive month it has set a new record. According to our Read More›

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Homes More Affordable Today Than During Previous Housing Peak In Each Of The Top 50 Markets

By Mark Fleming on September 28, 2021

In July, housing affordability continued its decline as year-over-year nominal house price appreciation reached a record 20 percent, vastly outpacing the increase in house-buying power comp... Read More›

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Today's House Prices Are Over 40 Percent More Affordable Than The Housing Boom Peak

By Mark Fleming on August 30, 2021

The Real House Price Index (RHPI) measures affordability in the context of changes in consumer house-buying power, in... Read More›

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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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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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Housing Inflation Is Not What You Think It Is

By Mark Fleming on June 9, 2021

One of the most closely watched indicators of inflation, the Consumer Price Index (CPI), jumped 4.2 percent year over year t... Read More›

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