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Home prices and the pace of home sales are falling nationally as higher mortgage rates cool the housing market.

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Home prices and the pace of home sales are falling nationally as higher mortgage rates cool the housing market.

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Higher mortgage rates are putting a damper on the U.S. housing market. Home prices are down and sales of existing homes have now fallen for seven months in a row.

The ripples in the housing market are being felt as the Federal Reserve has been raising interest rates to fight inflation. And those higher borrowing costs mean that monthly mortgage payments have shot up.

We hear from would-be buyers who say that soaring mortgage rates are pushing them out of the market. And we talk to NPR’s Chris Arnold about how the Fed’s moves are affecting buyers and sellers.

In participating regions, you’ll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what’s going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Brianna Scott. It was edited by Bridget Kelley and Pallavi Gogoi. Our executive producer is Sami Yenigun.

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