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Photo by Ezra McCampbell courtesy of the Northwest Labor Press PORT ANGELES, WA.—–More than 1,100 sawmill workers, log truck drivers, and loggers are picketing Weyerhaeuser Corporation sawmills in Oregon and Washington, the first walkout to hit the giant lumber producer in 36 years. The vote to strike was 98% after the strikers overwhelmingly rejected Weyerhaeuser’s
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WASHINGTON  — Pending home sales sagged for the third straight month in August, according to the National Association of Realtors. Three out of four major regions experienced month-over-month decreases in transactions, however, the West saw a modest gain. Year-over-year, all four regions posted double-digit declines. The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), a forward-looking indicator of
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The monthly price change dipped in July, down by 0.3%, the first such decline since late 2018 The surge in mortgage rates has brought the housing market to an impasse. Many buyers moved to the sidelines as the cost of homeownership became prohibitively high, while sellers were unwilling to give up locked-in record-low interest rates
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  Steve Pfost | Newsday | Getty Images Amid higher interest rates and a softening housing market, home buyers are continuing to back out of purchase contracts at an elevated rate. About 64,000 home-purchase agreements were canceled in August, according to a new report from Redfin. That’s equal to 15.2% of home contracts initiated during
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Favorable millennial demographics. Tight housing inventory. Low unemployment. That’s why housing bulls said the Pandemic Housing Boom had more room to run. Moody’s Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi, of course, disagreed. Back in May, Zandi came to Fortune with a bold proclamation: The Pandemic Housing Boom had peaked and we were entering into a “housing
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Xinhua/Wang Ying via Getty ImagesThe housing market is in a slump. That’s a good thing, according to Fed Chair Jerome Powell. After years of “red-hot” prices, a correction can help boost home affordability, he added. The Fed is poised to keep raising rates into 2023, meaning the market decline is likely in its early stages.
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istock.com/Luckie8 WASHINGTON — High mortgage rates and building production bottlenecks continue to act as a drag on the single-family housing market even as overall housing starts posted a double-digit gain in August due to a surge in multifamily production. Overall housing starts increased 12.2% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.58 million units in August off of a downwardly revised July
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istock.com/XiXinXing WASHINGTON — In another sign that the slowdown in the housing market continues, builder confidence fell for the ninth straight month in September as the combination of elevated interest rates, persistent building material supply chain disruptions and high home prices continue to take a toll on affordability. Builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes
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istock.com/SDI Productions SEATTLE — Home values slipped for the second consecutive month as mortgage costs continue to sideline buyers, according to Zillow’s latest market report. Affordability is driving market momentum: Low-cost markets remain competitive while prices drop the fastest in both the most expensive markets and those that witnessed the strongest appreciation during the pandemic.
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istock.com/anilakkus MCLEAN, Va. — Freddie Mac today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey, showing that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 6.02%. “Mortgage rates continued to rise alongside hotter-than-expected inflation numbers this week, exceeding six percent for the first time since late 2008,” said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “Although the
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