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Pending home sales drop to lowest level in 9 months

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Monday, October 28, 2013

The number of U.S. pending home sales fell in September to its lowest level in nine months, due to higher mortgage rates and home prices.

Mortgage rates reached a two-year high in August and remained elevated in September. But they have fallen in the past month, which could help boost contract signings in October. The average rate for a 30-year mortgage was 4.13 percent last week, according to mortgage buyer Freddie Mac.

Home prices, meanwhile, jumped 12.4 percent in August compared with a year earlier, according to real estate data provider CoreLogic. That's near the fastest pace in seven years.

Read more at OregonLive.com.


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