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The Mortgage Note Reports
Rates Moving Up Again: After mellowing slightly the week prior, mortgage rates shot back up last week to a 20-year high of 6.92%.
Hottest Housing Markets: Rochester, NY, and Manchester, NH, tied for September’s hottest housing market as buyers flock towards affordable metros.
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In other mortgage and housing news…
Retail Sales: Retail and food services sales in total were basically flat in September against the estimate for a 0.3% gain, rising only 0.1%.
Consumer Sentiment: Consumer sentiment rose slightly to its highest point in six months as some supply chain issues eased, offsetting inflation concerns.
Rapidly Deteriorating: A recent analysis from Morgan Stanley says housing affordability is worsening at its fastest pace in history.
Equity Tap-Out: 47% of homeowners know how much equity they have in their home, compared to 32% in 2019, but more than half say they’re not planning on tapping it.
Sales Dragged Down: Home price drops have reached a record high, and home sales and new listings are falling as economic pressures constrain the market.
First-Timers Back: First-time homebuyers rebounded to pre-pandemic levels, now representing 45% of all buyers, up from 37% of buyers surveyed last year.
“Out Of Control”: A Florida couple committed “one of the boldest real-estate frauds the U.S. has ever seen,” borrowing millions against empty mansions they didn’t own.