As mortgage rates go down during the pandemic, home prices go every which way

Homebuyers who are emerging from their COVID-19 cocooning are likely to encounter bargain-rack mortgage rates for the forseeable future. But it’s less clear what they’ll find when they look at home prices.

Are prices going up or down? Recent reports have been mixed and largely don’t reflect the impact from the coronavirus pandemic.

What’s likely to happen to prices in the coming months? The forecasts are murky, too.

Here’s a look at what we know — and what we don’t know.

Several reports say home prices are going up

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One closely followed national survey said last week that home prices across the U.S. were up 4.4% in March, compared to a year earlier. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller study also tracks prices in 20 major cities and says Phoenix saw the biggest year-over-year gain — 8.2% — while Chicago had the smallest growth, at just 1.5%.

Meanwhile,

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Amazon’s best-selling seat cushion has done wonders for my bum while working from home

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For the foreseeable future, I’m going to be working from home, and while adjusting to this “new normal,” I decided that it’s finally time to amp up my work-from-home station. (I mean, it’s about time since we’re on our third month of working from home).

While I have yet to invest in an additional computer monitor (that’s next on my list), and there are so many other work-from-home accessories you can shop, my new favorite obsession is this best-selling seat cushion I found on Amazon.

Never did I think I would be the person to geek out about a seat cushion, but here we are. The Everlasting

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