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  • A home is advertised for sale at a foreclosure auction in Pasadena, California.

    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.

  • Negative Equity Traps One Third of American Borrowers Thursday, 1 Mar 2012 | 2:54 PM ET

    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.

  • Foreclosure Sales Rise Thursday, 1 Mar 2012 | 1:35 PM ET
    Foreclosure Sales Rise

    Banks are starting to motor through delinquent loans, which led to a jump in foreclosure sales in Q4, reports CNBC's Diana Olick.

  • Foreclosure Sales Ramp Up Post Robo Signing Thursday, 1 Mar 2012 | 12:01 AM ET
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    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.

  • As Home Prices Fall Further, Is It Time to Buy? Tuesday, 28 Feb 2012 | 12:05 PM ET

    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?

  • California’s attorney general, Kamala D. Harris

    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.

  • 2,500 Government Foreclosures Up for Bulk Sale Monday, 27 Feb 2012 | 3:32 PM ET
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    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.

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    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.

  • Some Doubt a Settlement Will End Mortgage Ills Tuesday, 21 Feb 2012 | 4:16 AM ET

    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.

  • Lenders Paying Borrowers to Do Short Sales Monday, 20 Feb 2012 | 11:34 AM ET
    A home is advertised for sale at a foreclosure auction in Pasadena, California.

    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.

  • Bonds Backed by Mortgages Regain Allure Sunday, 19 Feb 2012 | 10:25 AM ET

    Big-money investors are returning to the same complex loan pools that nearly washed away the financial system. Why? They're cheap.

  • Job Growth From Foreclosures Friday, 17 Feb 2012 | 10:34 AM ET
    Job Growth From Foreclosures

    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.

  • US Housing Among Most Attractive Assets: Marc Faber Friday, 17 Feb 2012 | 4:02 AM ET
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    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.

  • Mortgage Delinquencies Down Thursday, 16 Feb 2012 | 10:05 AM ET
    Mortgage Delinquencies Down

    CNBC's DIana Olick has the details on mortgage delinquencies and foreclosures.

  • Foreclosures on the Rise Again Thursday, 16 Feb 2012 | 12:04 AM ET
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    After a year-long reprieve from rising foreclosures, the numbers are going up again.

  • February Home Builder Sentiment Up Wednesday, 15 Feb 2012 | 10:00 AM ET
    February Home Builder Sentiment Up

    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.

  • Private Homebuilders: Dead Men Walking Friday, 10 Feb 2012 | 2:33 PM ET
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    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.

  • Public Builders Use Cash to Buy Land Friday, 10 Feb 2012 | 10:35 AM ET
    Public Builders Use Cash to Buy Land

    CNBC's Diana Olick takes a look at the top issues for builders, which include financing for future developments.

  • HUD Secretary on $25B Mortgage Deal Thursday, 9 Feb 2012 | 4:30 PM ET
    HUD Secretary on $25B Mortgage Deal

    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.

  • Top 10 Turnaround Towns Thursday, 9 Feb 2012 | 3:37 PM ET
    Just a few years ago, when foreclosures were coming fast and furious, some cities experienced more than their fair share of the pain. It stood to reason that the harder hit a city was, the less likely it was to make a hasty recovery. However, according to  the official site of the National Association of Realtors, some of the cities whose housing markets bore the brunt of the foreclosures are now leading the way toward recovery.Using data from Realtor.com, CNBC.com ranks the cities with the most

    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.