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Weekly Top Stories – Tax Reform, 2018 home sales, bogus “coins” scheme

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Here are the top stories from the past week:

Forecast predicts more home sales in 2018

A National Housing Forecast predicts that 2018 should mark a turning point for the nation’s longtime housing shortage. Could this mean more affordable homes for millennials entering the market?  Perhaps.

Tax Reform and Mortgage Interest Deduction

The National Association of Realtors estimates that more than 32 million tax returns claim the mortgage interest deduction.  But it is changes to the standard deduction that actually impact home sales.

Entry-level homes driving price appreciation

The chief economist at Core Logic stated that the escalation in home prices reflects an acute lack of supply and a strengthening economy.

13-fold profit in a month?  SEC says “Halt!”

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission won an emergency asset freeze to stop an initial coin offering that defrauded investors.

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Weekly Popular Stories: Bigger mortgages getting easier, home price & rental increases

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Bigger mortgages are getting easier 

The upper limits for conforming loans, loans that “fit the box” and typically receive the best terms, are increasing for the second straight year. The new limit for single family properties in 2018 will be $453,100, an increase from the $424,100 limit in 2017.

Home prices continue to escalate

Home prices rose at the fastest pace in 3 years in September according to S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices. Seattle led the pack increasing nearly 13% year over year. Price gains are putting increasing pressure on housing-affordability levels, making mortgage shopping more important.

Skyrocketing rents make mortgages more attractive

Renters in today’s market are paying nearly $2,000 more annually. As a percentage of income, rents have increased from 25.8% to 29.1% in recent years. Meanwhile, homeowners have seen the opposite.

Pending home sales rebound after 3 months of decline

3 of the 4 regions in the US kicked the trend of decreasing home sales since June, although still below the levels from 2016 at the same time.

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