The storm battered homes in Eastern coastal states that account for about one out of every five U.S. real estate sales and threatened inland areas with flooding and blackouts. Lenders put transactions on hold and companies like Coastline Realty in Cape May, New Jersey, pulled in their for-sale signs to prevent the wind from turning them into projectiles.
“We’ll definitely see lower numbers in new sales and new applications,” said David Stevens, president of the Mortgage Bankers Association. “We do expect to see lenders put a freeze on properties across the northeast on the shoreline until they can be inspected and assessed for damages.”
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