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  • The 10 Emptiest US Cities 2011 Tuesday, 11 Oct 2011 | 1:32 PM ET
    It’s no secret that the U.S. housing market has seen better days. From falling home values and impaired labor mobility, to backed-up inventories and a flood of foreclosures, there are countless ways that real estate affects the economy at large. One of the unfortunate results of a bad housing market is an increase in vacant homes, which has increased by 43.8 percent since 2000, according to the Homes can be vacant for a number of reasons, but are defined as both rental inventory that are unoccup

    From falling home values and impaired labor mobility, to backed-up inventories and a flood of foreclosures, there are countless ways that real estate affects the economy at large.

  • The Bust & Boomers of Housing  Monday, 10 Oct 2011 | 4:34 PM ET

    Coldwell Banker surveyed its 12,000 agents to get their view on how the baby boomer generation is looking at the real estate situation. Jim Gillespie, Coldwell Banker CEO analyzes how the results play into the housing market.

  • The federal government will disburse just $432 million from a $1 billion program to help unemployed homeowners avoid foreclosure, a government official said Thursday. USA Today reports.

  • SEC Probes Banks Over Mortgage Loans Thursday, 29 Sep 2011 | 1:11 AM ET
    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission seal hangs on the facade of its building in Washington, DC.

    The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating Royal Bank of Scotland, Credit Suisse and other financial institutions for their handling of problem mortgage loans, according to public disclosures and people familiar with the matter. The FT reports.

  • Mortgage Rate Spreads Widen Wednesday, 28 Sep 2011 | 4:13 PM ET

    I can't get off the phone with anyone I know without first having to hear about their particular mortgage story; Okay, maybe that's an exaggeration, but not that far off.

  • When Investing in Foreclosures, Turn-Key Is Key Tuesday, 27 Sep 2011 | 11:16 AM ET
    Texas Cash Cow Investments

    It was just hitting 105 degrees in Dallas when Phillip Carter herded a group of Australian investors onto a bus and headed out to see some previously foreclosed properties. Cowboy to cowboy, Carter tells them the Dallas market is ripe for profit, as rental demand surges and rents head higher. The difference in his business model is that the cash is ready to flow, immediately.

  • Federal Housing Finance Agency Under Inspector's Fire Friday, 23 Sep 2011 | 12:09 PM ET
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    Given that the conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has been wielding incredible power of late in deciding how much the two mortgage giants can and cannot charge in guarantee fees and whom they can and cannot refinance, it was particularly disturbing to learn the that same FHFA has been deemed, dare I say it, incompetent, at least in one of its oversight capacities.

  • Fannie Mae Cited for Failing to Stop Robo-Signing Friday, 23 Sep 2011 | 9:46 AM ET

    Fannie Mae missed chances to catch law firms illegally signing foreclosure documents and its government overseer did not take the right steps to ensure Fannie was doing its job, according to a federal watchdog.

  • Athletes With Foreclosed Homes Thursday, 22 Sep 2011 | 12:15 PM ET
    The list of athletes who lost huge sums of money after their playing days ended is long. Evander Holyfield may have been fearsome in the ring, but that didn’t stop him from nearly losing his house in 2008. Jose Canseco was a force to be reckoned with when he played baseball in the major league, but after his steroid use was made public the money dried up and he had to resort to reality TV gigs to keep the bills paid.For many athletes who lose their former earning power, it’s not just the paychec

    Many athletes who lost their earning power couldn’t keep up with their mortgage payments and were faced with foreclosure. Click to see the list of athletes with foreclosed homes.

  • Mortgage Default Filings Surge  Thursday, 15 Sep 2011 | 2:04 PM ET

    CNBC's Diana Olick reports on the messy housing market and says mortgage default filings surge as banks accelerate the foreclosure process.

  • Flood of Foreclosures Heading to Housing Market Thursday, 15 Sep 2011 | 10:40 AM ET
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    New foreclosure starts rose sharply in August, signaling a slew of foreclosed properties will be dumped on the already bloated housing market in early 2012.

  • Fannie's Mae's Foreclosure Approach  Wednesday, 14 Sep 2011 | 4:44 PM ET

    CNBC's Diana Olick has the details of Fannie Mae's resale strategy to steady home prices around foreclosures, as well as minimizing losses on them.

  • Delivering Alpha: Homes For Sale  Wednesday, 14 Sep 2011 | 3:50 PM ET

    CNBC's Carl Quintanilla moderates a panel on real estate. Many real estate investors got torched during the financial crisis. Is now the time to come back to real estate, with Bill Ackman, Pershing Square Capital Management LP founder and CEO; Barry Sternlicht, Starwood Capital Group chairman & CEO; and Sam Zell, Equity Group Investments chairman.

  • Fannie & the Foreclosures  Wednesday, 14 Sep 2011 | 10:50 AM ET

    CNBC's Diana Olick has the story on the growing number of borrowers falling behind on their mortgages for the first time.

  • Huge Surge in Bank of America Foreclosures Tuesday, 13 Sep 2011 | 12:29 PM ET
    Bank of America flag

    Bank of America is ramping up its foreclosure processing, sending out far more notices of default to borrowers in August than in previous months, well over 200 percent more month-to-month.

  • A Steal in Malibu at $22 Million Monday, 12 Sep 2011 | 4:01 PM ET

    Even on Billionaire's Beach in Malibu, you can't escape the economy.

  • US Banks Offered Deal Over 'Robosigning' Lawsuits Monday, 5 Sep 2011 | 10:55 PM ET
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    Big U.S. banks in talks with state prosecutors to settle claims of improper mortgage practices have been offered a deal that is proposed to limit part of their legal liability in return for a multibillion dollar payment. The FT reports.

  • Build A Stake in Homebuilders?  Tuesday, 30 Aug 2011 | 9:08 AM ET

    An outlook on homebuilders, with Robert Wetenhall, RBC Capital Markets analyst.

  • A Curious Letter to a Current Mortgage Customer Monday, 29 Aug 2011 | 4:09 PM ET
    Woman doing bills

    A borrower in Michigan recently received a letter from his mortgage servicer, CitiMortgage. It offers to discuss foreclosure alternatives, including potential eligibility for the government's mortgage bailout program. It is clear, succinct, and gives several phone numbers and contact information.

  • Number of Delinquent Mortgages on the Rise Again Monday, 22 Aug 2011 | 11:11 AM ET
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    After several quarters of improvements, the number of U.S. homeowners who are late on their mortgages increased in the second quarter, according to a survey by the Mortgage Bankers Association.