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Housing affordability falls for a third straight month
Housing affordability falls for a third straight month

Affordability declined in 49 of the 50 major markets according to the May 2021 First American Real House Price Index. 

RentPath names new CEO after Redfin takeover
RentPath names new CEO after Redfin takeover

The new executive joins RentPath from ParkMobile, which provides an app to help drivers pay for metered parking remotely.

How far are Houston homeowners willing to commute?
How far are Houston homeowners willing to commute?

With the increased number of professionals working remotely, today’s homebuyers are putting less of a premium on commute time and more on affordability.

New-home sales fall 6.6% in June
New-home sales fall 6.6% in June

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development reported that the median sales price slid to $361,800 from $380,700 in May.

Existing-home sales reverse four-month decline in June
Existing-home sales reverse four-month decline in June

At the same time, the median existing-home price for all housing types in May was up 23.4% on an annual basis, as every region in the country registered price increases.

Mortgage applications fall as interest rates rise
Mortgage applications fall as interest rates rise

Meanwhile, the seasonally adjusted purchase index declined 6% from the previous week, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported.

Housing starts tick higher in June
Housing starts tick higher in June

Privately owned housing units authorized by building permits in June came in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of
1,598,000, down 5.1 % from the revised May rate of 1,683,000, but 23.3% above the year-ago rate of 1,296,000.

NAHB: Builder confidence drops again on materials costs, supply-chain woes
NAHB: Builder confidence drops again on materials costs, supply-chain woes

July’s reading of 80 was down one point from June, but still signaled strong demand for housing, the National Association of Home Builders said.

Conroe: Shea Homes launches second Houston-area community 
Conroe: Shea Homes launches second Houston-area community 

The new community, deemed Evergreen, will span 740 acres and eventually accommodate 2,000 homes. The builder has dedicated 100 acres of the community to natural areas and green spaces, including an amenitized creek. 

Redfin: Housing market could be reaching something of an equilibrium
Redfin: Housing market could be reaching something of an equilibrium

During the four-week period ended July 11, the average weekly share of homes for sale with a price drop passed 4% for the first time since September 2020.

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