Markets & Mortgages

Markets & Mortgages

The weekday morning podcast covering the top stories impacting real estate, the mortgage industry, and the economy.

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July 23, 2021 11 min

NAR's Existing-Homes Sales report shows sales, inventory, and prices were up in June, rental markets snapping back could mean inflation hangs around longer than expected, and jobless claims unexpectedly rise for the week.

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Couldn't believe my eyes but housing inventory jumped in June according to RE/MAX's latest report, Mortgage demand falls for the week because of volatile rates, and the net worth increases the most for the least wealthy in 2020.

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July 21, 2021 9 min

Housing starts jump in June while building permits fall, rents jumped 6.6% in May but it's not as bad as it seems, and Billings, Montana is ranked number one in the quarterly WSJ/Realtor.com Emerging Housing Markets Index

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Nick Sargen at Forbes argues the housing market is not a bubble, mortgage rate locks increase in June, loans in forbearance fall for the 18th straight week, and could the push to end globalization cause prices to spike.

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July 12, 2021 13 min

Could the hot housing market cause the rest of the economy to cool?  Rents are starting to rise in smaller cities which just so happens to be the chosen destination for those who sell their houses for a ton of cash in bigger cities.

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July 9, 2021 12 min

Consumer debt is back, Mortgage rates fell for the second straight week, jobless claims jumped slightly, and could the U.S. see a 4-day workweek?

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July 7, 2021 9 min

Home prices jump 15.4% in May, loans in forbearance fall under 2 million, and the hot housing market didn't cause the home affordability problems it just exacerbated it.

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We got some good and bad news for millennials.  The bad news is the hot housing market is pricing many first-time homeowners out of the market, but the good news is they are about to be the recipient of the largest transfer of wealth in U.S. history.  And speaking of good news, the June jobs report beat expectations with 850,000 jobs.

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June 30, 2021 15 min

Home price appreciation hits an all-time high, Kevin Erdmann at Barron's explains why the housing market is not going to collapse, and consumer confidence reaches pre-pandemic levels.

- Home Price Growth Hits All-Time High

- Is The Housing Market About To Crash?

- Consumer Confidence Up in June



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The craziness in the housing market is about to transition to the rental market, the Fed discusses MBS purchases, and loans in forbearance fall for the 16th week in a row.

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June 28, 2021 14 min

Spending & income see little movement in May but inflation jumps up big, the moratorium eviction is killing small landlords, and lumber prices may have hit bottom.

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Housing affordability drops in Q2 2020 thanks to skyrocketing home prices, Jobless claims fall slightly for the week, and it was a busy day for the admin as they announce support an infrastructure deal and extend the eviction moratorium.

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June 23, 2021 15 min

Home prices hit record highs as existing-home sales fall for the fourth straight month, homeowners are listing their homes at ridiculous prices to dare homebuyers to make them move out, and Blackstone is the latest investment firm to get in the real estate game.

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Lumber prices fall giving hope that inflation might be transitory, housing inventory increases which could be a sign the housing market is cooling, and now that forclosure armageddon has faded policymakers need to focus on the eviction crisis

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BlackRock is not the problem affordable housing advocates want you to think it is, developers get creative in a post-pandemic world, and down payments matter in a seller's market.

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Housing inventory now has a deficit of 5.5 million homes, Housing starts increase slightly, and mortgage demand increases for the week

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June 16, 2021 17 min

Inflation fears continue with the release of the latest PPI data, Consumer spending falls in May, Homebuilder confidence falls in June, and rich neighborhoods are missing out on the housing boom

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June 15, 2021 13 min

Rate locks fall 4.7% in  May, housing vouchers are not the answer, and loans in forbearance fall to just 2 million.

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June 11, 2021 14 min

Home equity jumps $2 trillion dollars in Q1, Inflation jumps to 5%, jobless claims fall slightly, and the budget deficit hits $2.1 trillion with 4 months to go.

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Mortgage delinquencies fall at all levels in March, Job openings & those quitting their jobs reach record levels, lumber prices continue to fall, and the trade deficit narrowed in April.

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