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Affordability Muted by Rapid Home Price Growth

Although mortgage interest rates continue to remain at historical lows, the benefits of this current environment are not being taken advantage of by borrowers due to one pressing factor in the market: surging home price increases.

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Affordability a Concern in Housing Recovery

As the U.S housing market climbs back to healthy, a third of it is less affordable now than it's been all century, according to RealtyTrac. The firm's latest housing affordability report found that 34 percent of the 1,200 U.S. counties it surveyed are at their least affordable, on average, since 2000.

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Pending Home Sales Surge in May

The National Association of Realtors' Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), which measures contract signings as an indicator of future sales figures, jumped 6.1 percent month-over-month to 103.9. It was the largest one-month increase since April 2010, when the index spiked 9.6 percent as first-time buyers moved to sign purchase contracts to qualify for the First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit.

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Study: Road to Housing Recovery will be ‘Longer and Bumpier’

The Wells Fargo Economics Group released its Housing Chartbook for May 2014. The group found that most markets are finding themselves "wildly out of balance" from inflated home prices driven by investor purchases, as well as exceptionally tight inventories that are well ahead of any improvement in demand.

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Is there a Housing Bubble Ready to Burst?

While many analysts are celebrating the slow and steady recovery of the housing market, an article by the borrower advice website LoanLove offers a different view of the current state of the United States housing market. The article cites economists who believe the current housing market recovery stretching back 18 months is not a true sign of the market's economic outlook. Rather, the recovery is built on shaky ground that could collapse.

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