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5 signs the housing market is starting to slow down | CNN

There is a shift happening in the housing market.

After more than a year of soaring demand, exploding home prices and increasing real estate sales, the market finally seems to be cooling off.

“The housing market isn’t crashing, but it is experiencing a hangover as it comes down from an unsustainable high,” said Taylor Marr, Redfin deputy chief economist.

Mortgage rates have increased more than two and a half percentage points this year. And the higher costs of financing a home have changed the calculations for many would-be homebuyers. As a result, year-over-year home sales have been dropping in recent months.

In a Fannie Mae survey on homebuyer sentiment, a record 79% of respondents said it’s a bad time to buy a home.

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Young people are buying real estate — just not the same kind as their parents | Business Insider

Millennials and younger members of Gen X appear to be delaying the financial responsibility of homeownership.

But it’s hard to blame a group who watched the housing market skyrocket and plummet just as they were entering college or becoming young professionals gearing up to buy a starter home.

As the economy improved, and financial arrested development started to end, some 20- to 30-somethings have started to invest in real estate, but not in the traditional sense.

Many have turned to turnkey properties, which offer the opportunity to become a homeowner while adding another revenue stream to an investment portfolio.

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Housing in 2015 Will Grow, but Not Back to Long-Run Average | Businessweek

The thump of air hammers and the whine of mini-dozers will be heard a bit more in 2015. Housing construction should continue to climb back in the new year, although it probably won’t get all the way back to its long-run average. “We are in a slow march back to normal,” David Crowe, chief economist with the National Association of Home Builders, said in a December statement.

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Homes Below the 37th Parallel Most Likely to Have “Underwater” Mortgages | Nielsen Wire

Generally speaking, the 37th parallel acts as the line of demarcation between the positive equity metros (north) and the negative equity metros (south). This parallel is located at approximately the border of Virginia and North Carolina or Utah and Arizona.

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