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Homeowners lose wealth as rising interest rates weigh on home values


A “For Sale” sign outside a house in Albany, California, on Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

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Some homeowners are losing wealth as high mortgage rates weigh on home values, at least on paper, as the once red-hot housing market cools quickly.

Sales have been slowing down for several months, with mortgage rates now double what they were at the start of this year.

Home prices, likewise, dropped 0.77% from June to July, according to a recent report from Black Knight, a software, data and analytics company. While that may not sound like a lot, it was the largest monthly drop since January of 2011 and the first monthly drop of any size in 32 months.

“Annual home…


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