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    Inflation has been rising fast in the UK, with a big budget deficit and the Bank of England's quantitative easing policy being blamed by some analysts for it.

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    The good news is, that will cut down on foreclosures. The bad news is that short sales, like it or not, are comps. They sell for less, and consequently bring down the values of properties around them.

  • US Senate Majority Leader, Senator Harry Reid

    Senate Majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is offering an amendment to the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010, to extend the closing deadline to September 30th.

  • Don't Be Fooled By Drop in Foreclosure Numbers Thursday, 10 Jun 2010 | 2:43 PM ET

    Another day, another report on the state of our nation's housing market. Today it's the monthly foreclosure report from RealtyTrac, saying that while total foreclosure activity is decreasing, the number of homes being repossessed by the banks hit a new record high.

  • Lack of Refinancing Is Another Blow For Housing Wednesday, 9 Jun 2010 | 1:27 PM ET
    Refinance Application

    The lack of refis in such a positive mortgage rate environment is nearly as bad a sign as the now 5-week drop in purchase applications. It just proves that government involvement in the housing market is a double-edged sword.

  • US Needs Austerity Too: Hedge Fund Strategist Wednesday, 9 Jun 2010 | 6:00 AM ET

    The United States will have to adopt austerity measures similar to the ones taken in Europe, because the problems faced are largely the same, Timothy Scala, macro-strategist at Sophis Investments, told CNBC.com.

  • Fear Must Not Blind Us to Deflation's Dangers Wednesday, 9 Jun 2010 | 5:13 AM ET

    A consensus is forming that policymakers should tighten fiscal policy, sharply, in countries with large fiscal deficits. But what if they find that it tips economies into recession, or even deflation? The FT reports.

  • Housing's Double Dip: Numbers Tell How Bad It Is Tuesday, 8 Jun 2010 | 1:54 PM ET
    Foreclosed Home

    We've been reporting a lot of anecdotal information about life after the home buyer tax credit, but now we're starting to get some numbers.

  • For Sale: Priciest Property in Wealthiest Zip Code Monday, 7 Jun 2010 | 3:29 PM ET
    The Stone Mansion in Alpine, NJ

    The common wisdom is that the very rich are often immune from the ups and downs of the economy.  If that's  true, it's good news for real estate developer Richard Kurtz, who is selling is his mega-mansion, the priciest property in Alpine, N.J., in the nation’s wealthiest zip code. That code, by the way, is 07620, a half-hour drive from Manhattan.

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    “The current problems will be with us for 5 years or more and uncertainty is very high," Anthony Fry, senior managing director at Evercore Partners, told CNBC Monday.

  • Luxury Homes Losing Value Friday, 4 Jun 2010 | 4:16 PM ET
    Greenwich, Connecticut home

    Thanks to a slightly bizarre story about a New Jersey couple putting their almost-finished home on the market for $68 million, I decided to take a look at the luxury home market today.

  • Euro May Rise to $1.60 Due to Austerity: Economist Friday, 4 Jun 2010 | 5:35 AM ET
    Euro bills in hand

    Austerity measures imposed by the euro zone will likely push the euro back towards $1.50 or even $1.60 but the European currency is unlikely to achieve the status of reserve currency, economist Warren Mosler, founder and principal of broker/dealer AVM, told CNBC.com Friday.

  • Office Vacancies Turn Around Thursday, 3 Jun 2010 | 2:25 PM ET

    At about 1am today, after all their data had run through whatever data system it runs through, they learned that the office vacancy rate had turned for the first time since Q3 2007.

  • Which is Better Now, to Rent or Buy? Thursday, 3 Jun 2010 | 11:17 AM ET
    Home For Rent

    Now that the tax credit is gone, and employment is slowly improving, renters have to look at the equation again locally and see if it all adds up financially. A new report from Trulia.com tries to do that for you, but I found some really surprising results in it.

  • BofA: Mortgage Walkaways Have Huge Incentive Wednesday, 2 Jun 2010 | 1:14 PM ET
    Foreclosed Home

    This morning executives at Bank of America rolled out their new "Principal Reduction Enhancement" program, which is an earned principal forgiveness plan for borrowers behind on their mortgages and whose loans are at least 20 percent underwater in value.

  • Housing Double Dip a Done Deal Wednesday, 2 Jun 2010 | 11:25 AM ET
    Reduced Price

    Everybody take a nice long look at today's Pending Home Sales Index from the National Association of Realtors, because it's just about the last positive picture we're going to see for a while.

  • Fed Chief Sees Delicate Dance over Stimulus Exit Monday, 31 May 2010 | 2:04 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke says central banks round the world face a delicate tasks of dciding when to start boosting interest rates and reeling in all the stimulus pumped out during the global financial crisis.

  • End Mortgage-Interest Deduction: Cato's Calabria Friday, 28 May 2010 | 1:45 PM ET
    Home for sale - Coldwell

    Abolishing the mortgage-interest deduction enjoyed by some 75 million homeowners is a a way to “end the subsidization of too much debt,” which was  at the crux of the recent financial meltdown, a Cato Institute official told CNBC Friday.

  • Is Mortgage Mediation the Answer? Friday, 28 May 2010 | 12:02 PM ET

    Obviously, given the sheer number of troubled borrowers (approximately 6 million currently delinquent nationwide) there are ample opportunities for mistakes to be made.

  • Are Investors Souring on Housing? Thursday, 27 May 2010 | 2:29 PM ET

    While sales of existing homes shot up across most of the nation in April, they fell in the West, down 6.2 percent.