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FHFA announces conforming loan limits for Fannie and Freddie mortgages
FHFA announces conforming loan limits for Fannie and Freddie mortgages

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently announced its 2022 conforming loan limits (CLL) for conventional loans acquired by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Mortgage applications fall over Thanksgiving week as rates rise
Mortgage applications fall over Thanksgiving week as rates rise

“Despite higher mortgage rates, purchase applications had a strong week, mostly driven by a 6% increase in conventional loan applications.” — MBA associate vice president of economic and industry forecasting Joel Kan

New listings, showing attendance beginning to drop during holiday season
New listings, showing attendance beginning to drop during holiday season

During week 47, real estate agents entered 1,359 properties into the Multiple Listing Service for the week ended Nov. 29 compared to 1,563 during the same period last year.

Are investors to blame for low housing inventory?
Are investors to blame for low housing inventory?

Investors across the country are looking to cash in on skyrocketing house prices and rents, putting them in competition with new buyers trying to work their way to homeownership. Real estate investors bought a record 18% of the homes sold in the third quarter, according to a new Redfin report.

Hamilton Thomas Homes launches in Houston market
Hamilton Thomas Homes launches in Houston market

Led by Jennifer Keller, Hamilton Thomas Homes broke ground in October in Balmoral, where it will build 31 homes on 45-foot sites. Homes will range from 1,700 to 3,000 square feet, with pricing in the mid-$300,000s, according to a press release. 

S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller: Home-price gains take a pause
S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller: Home-price gains take a pause

“If I had to choose only one word to describe September 2021’s housing price data, the word would be ‘deceleration. Housing prices continued to show remarkable strength in September, though the pace of price increases declined slightly.” — S&P DJI managing director Craig Lazzara.

Coventry Homes announces plans to expand into Candela
Coventry Homes announces plans to expand into Candela

Coventry Homes will expand its building program to the 460-acre community of Candela, the builder announced in a press release. Priced from the $530,000s, homes will be situated on 70-foot sites with designs ranging from 2,915 to 4,573 square feet. Floor plans have not yet been released. 

Houston’s suburban, rural areas seeing heightened activity
Houston’s suburban, rural areas seeing heightened activity

New Houston listings gained momentum in suburban and rural areas in November while remaining sluggish in urban areas, according to the Houston Association of Realtors (HAR) Multiple Listing Service (MLS).

Pending-home sales rebound in October
Pending-home sales rebound in October

“Motivated by fast-rising rents and the anticipated increase in mortgage rates, consumers that are on strong financial footing are signing contracts to purchase a home sooner rather than later.” — NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun

Houston home values rose 18.8% in October
Houston home values rose 18.8% in October

While the housing market may be hotter than usual, the shift toward seasonal norms is starting to show and could benefit both buyers and renters. 

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