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Why are Homeownership Rates Falling?

  Despite all signs pointing toward a growing housing sector—record-low mortgage rates, strong refinance activity, and falling interest rates—information from Axios shows homeownership rates are dropping across the board.  From 2002 to 2018, the homeownership rate for ages 35-64 have ...

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The Fastest Growing Household Debt for Borrowers

J.P. Morgan Chase reports that student debt has doubled in the past 10 years to $1.5 trillion in 2018—second only to mortgage debt—and impacts 45 million borrowers.  “Although the financial returns from a higher education degree over a lifetime typically ...

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What Does the Jobs Report Mean for Housing?

U.S. employers continued their trend of adding workers, as the Labor Department reported the economy added 164,000 jobs in July and the unemployment rate held at 3.7%.  The Labor Department also reported that average hourly earnings exceeded expectations, rising 3.2% ...

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What is Causing the Decline in Single-Family Authorizations?

BuildFax’s latest Housing Health Report revealed year-over-year declines in single-family housing authorizations, as they have fallen 2.75% since 2018. Also seeing declines are existing housing maintenance volume (0.75%) and existing remodel volume (0.33%).  The report uses U.S. property condition and ...

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