Fed's rate hikes hammer housing affordability

Posted on AllSides August 17th, 2022
From The Center
Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

The Federal Reserve has hit the brakes on the economy, in an attempt to slow inflation. Housing is where the rubber meets the road,

Why it matters: Since the pandemic, the hot housing market — and associated boomlets in renovations and new construction — have been key contributors to the post-COVID economic recovery. That's changing.

Driving the news: The number of newly started homes plunged in July.

Starts of single-family homes fell 10% from the prior month, hitting their lowest point since June 2020 near the depths of COVID-era uncertainty.

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