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Housing Foreclosures


  • Fixed Mortgages: New Lows for 15-, 30-Year Loans Friday, 18 May 2012 | 2:41 AM ET

    Average U.S. rates for 30-year and 15-year fixed mortgages fell to record lows for the third straight week. The steady decline has made home-buying and refinancing more affordable than ever for those who can qualify. The Christian Science Monitor reports.

  • Foreclosures Move East as Hardest-Hit Markets Clear Thursday, 17 May 2012 | 12:00 AM ET

    Foreclosure activity in April fell nationally to the lowest level since the summer of 2007, but government intervention and the recent $25 billion mortgage servicing settlement are now changing the face of the crisis.

  • Foreclosures Fall...And That's a Bad Thing? Tuesday, 15 May 2012 | 12:53 PM ET

    A new report came out this morning with a curious headline: “Foreclosure Activity Declines, Hurting Investors.” I read it twice. You would think declines in foreclosure activity would be a good thing, that is, would help, not hurt. Not in this bizarre housing market.

  • After a Dip, Homebuilder Sentiment Surges Again Tuesday, 15 May 2012 | 10:02 AM ET

    Builder confidence jumped five points in May, which is a sign that the nation’s homebuilders are feeling far better again, after an unusually warm winter wreaked havoc with the usual traffic and sales trends.

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    President Obama has visited a “responsible” couple who owe more on their mortgage than their Nevada home is currently worth. But did they act responsibly?

  • Mortgage Market Still Hampers Housing Recovery Thursday, 10 May 2012 | 12:45 PM ET

    The Realtors say it, the home builders say it, and now the chairman of the Federal Reserve is saying it: “Some creditworthy borrowers are still having trouble getting a mortgage.”

  • BofA Settlement: Moral Hazard? Tuesday, 8 May 2012 | 2:54 PM ET
    BofA Settlement: Moral Hazard?

    Breaking down the details of Bank of America's mortgage reduction plan, with Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Manhattan Institute and Susan Wachter, Wharton University of Pennsylvania.

  • The Mortgage Gamble Tuesday, 8 May 2012 | 1:07 PM ET
    The Mortgage Gamble

    CNBC's Diana Olick reports on a widespread, but controversial new move by Bank of America to try and keep thousands of homes from foreclosure. CNBC's Rick Santelli weighs in.

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    A select group of struggling mortgage borrowers are about to get an offer that sounds too good to be true. Executives at Bank of America admit that, as they begin mailing 200,000 letters offering certain customers mortgage principal reduction.

  • Short sales (selling the home for less than the value of the loan) are rising across the nation, and while they have yet to overtake foreclosure numbers in Atlanta, they are in fact up 120 percent from a year ago, according to RealtyTrac.

  • House Flipping Returns in Atlanta Thursday, 3 May 2012 | 2:18 PM ET
    House Flipping Returns in Atlanta

    CNBC's Diana Olick reports on Bruce Carlisle from Georgia Residential Partners, who is buying foreclosed homes, and selling them after investing anywhere between $15,000-$25,000 into fixing them up.

  • Southwest Airlines' Primary Cost: Fuel Wednesday, 2 May 2012 | 12:41 PM ET
    Southwest Airlines' Primary Cost: Fuel

    The FMHR traders discuss the state of the U.S. homebuilders industry, with Mike Murphy, Rosecliff Capital. CNBC's Kate Kelly also reports on Southwest Airlines' latest fuel strategy.

  • Flood of Foreclosures Still Fails to Materialize Wednesday, 2 May 2012 | 9:00 AM ET
    Foreclosure Sign

    The number of homes entering the foreclosure process rose 8.1 percent in March, according to a new report, but the volume is down more than 30 percent from a year ago.

  • Despite High Affordability, Renter Nation Reigns Monday, 30 Apr 2012 | 2:32 PM ET
    Home For Rent

    More Americans are renting homes, and fewer are owning them; it’s not as if this is news to anyone who follows the U.S. housing market, but a new report from the Census Bureau today really put an historical exclamation point on the trend.

  • Home Ownership Declines Monday, 30 Apr 2012 | 1:10 PM ET
    Home Ownership Declines

    Home ownership is falling to 65.4% from 66.4% one year ago, reports CNBC's Diana Olick.

  • Foreclosure Activity Returns in Majority of US Markets Thursday, 26 Apr 2012 | 11:39 AM ET

    Big jumps in foreclosure activity in cities like Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, New York and Raleigh pushed the national numbers higher in the first three months of this year, according to a new report from RealtyTrac.

  • Home Sales Contracts Rise 4.1% in March Thursday, 26 Apr 2012 | 10:00 AM ET
    Sold sign

    More buyers signed contracts to buy existing homes in March than the previous month, according to a new report, prompting one expert to say, “The housing market has clearly turned the corner.”

  • Housing: Bottom, Reversal or Just Noisy Numbers Wednesday, 25 Apr 2012 | 3:25 PM ET

    It’s not crashing again, it’s just bouncing along a bottom, which means the recovery, as we’ve been warning all along, becomes increasingly local.

  • Mixed Housing Data Point to Uneven Recovery Tuesday, 24 Apr 2012 | 10:59 AM ET

    A slew of new numbers from the housing market confirm that a warm spring did in fact pull sales forward, but the new activity was not enough to bring home prices out of their decline significantly.

  • Short Sales Higher, Prices Lower Monday, 23 Apr 2012 | 1:42 PM ET

    Buyer traffic is strong, supply of homes for sale is low, and yet home prices continue to defy the usual formula, falling again in March.