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Forced by the harsh realities of the real estate market, lenders are increasingly likely to allow defaulting owners to remain in their homes, the New York Times reports.
As home sales begin a slow recovery and potential buyers dip their toes back in real estate's still-troubled waters, many of them face a huge barrier to entry: Negative equity.
Banks are starting to motor through delinquent loans, which led to a jump in foreclosure sales in Q4, reports CNBC's Diana Olick.
Despite huge delays in foreclosure processing last year, following the so-called "robo-signing" paperwork scandal, sales of foreclosed properties still managed to account for nearly one in four home sales.
Housing appears to be rated a “buy” these days, especially among investors, who see a ripe and rising rental market and big potential for income. But is it the right time yet for so-called “organic” buyers to get in?
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are under more pressure to allow debt forgiveness since the announcement of a multibillion-dollar foreclosure abuse settlement requiring banks to write down mortgage debt, the New York Times reports.
Barely six hours after billionaire investor Warren Buffett said that if he could he’d like to buy “a couple of hundred thousand single family homes”, the regulator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac put about 2500 of theirs up for sale.
Sales of newly built homes are still stumbling along at historically low levels, but builders claim they are beginning to see the light at the end of a very long tunnel. Sales may not be surging back, but in some of the better local economies, buyer interest is.
Members of a House-Senate committee charged with writing a measure to extend a payroll tax reduction and provide added unemployment benefits reached a tentative agreement Tuesday evening, with Republicans and Democrats claiming a degree of political victory in a fight with significant election-year implications, the New York Times reports.
Short sales have been increasing for months, but the financial incentives — which Realtors say are random and infrequent — are a newer wrinkle. USA Today reports.
Big-money investors are returning to the same complex loan pools that nearly washed away the financial system. Why? They're cheap.
Morgan Stanley says as many as 1.8 milion real estate related jobs will be created as investors convert foreclosed homes to rentals. Insight with Oliver Chang, Morgan Stanley head of U.S. housing strategy/research.
The housing market in the south of the United States is among the most attractive asset classes in the world, Marc Faber, the editor of the Gloom Boom & Doom Report, told CNBC on Friday.
CNBC's DIana Olick has the details on mortgage delinquencies and foreclosures.
After a year-long reprieve from rising foreclosures, the numbers are going up again.
CNBC's Diana Olick has the details on the National Association of Home Builder's monthly sentiment index showing a big jump from 25 to 29.
2011 was the worst year on record for the nation's builders, in sales and starts, but demand is slowly returning, and the concern is that when demand really surges in the coming years, there will be too little supply to meet it.
CNBC's Diana Olick takes a look at the top issues for builders, which include financing for future developments.
Shaun Donovan, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, discusses the "landmark" $25 billion mortgage settlement with top U.S. banks to help homeowners who have gone underwater on their mortgage payments.
When foreclosures were fast and furious, some cities experienced more than their share of the pain. Check out which American cities made this year’s list of the top 10 turnaround towns.