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    After several largely ineffective programs to help troubled borrowers and after fruitless attempts at budging the hard-line conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, President Obama is proposing a brand new refinance program for borrowers who are current on their mortgages, regardless of who owns their loan; the catch is that this one has to go through Congress.

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    If the theme of tonight’s State of the Union address is fairness, then President Obama would be wise to steer clear of housing; most of the proposals to fix the nation’s still struggling real estate market are intrinsically unfair to a large majority of Americans.

  • Case Against Hedge Funds as Your Landlord: Greenberg Monday, 23 Jan 2012 | 4:11 PM ET

    In recent weeks we have outlined plans by hedge funds and private equity to buy up foreclosed houses, fix them and then rent them out. Sounds good on paper. But is it really?

  • Foreclosure Investors are Double-Edged Sword Monday, 23 Jan 2012 | 2:28 PM ET

    The best and most expeditious way to clear the vast inventory of foreclosed properties weighing down today’s housing market is to get more investors in and sell them these properties at bulk discounts.

  • If you are in the market to buy a house, this is as good a time as you may find in the next twenty years to do so.

  • ‘Robo’ Foreclosure Settlement Turns Political Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 | 11:09 AM ET

    If there is a deal, beyond the politics, it could have a larger effect on the state of the housing market and its recovery.

  • NAHB Survey: Home Builder Confidence Rises   Wednesday, 18 Jan 2012 | 10:02 AM ET
    NAHB Survey: Home Builder Confidence Rises

    CNBC's Diana Olick reveals the latest home building survey results.

  • Private Equity Bets on Housing   Thursday, 12 Jan 2012 | 2:00 PM ET
    Private Equity Bets on Housing

    Major private equity firm Carrington is ready to spend a half billion dollars to buy-up foreclosed properties from a major bank, with CNBC's Diana Olick, and Rick Sharga, Carrington Mortgage Services.

  • Will Obama's New Housing Plan Be a Big Ripoff? Monday, 9 Jan 2012 | 11:40 AM ET
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    The Obama administration is very close to announcing a plan that would sell government-owned foreclosed properties in bulk to investors who intend to use them as rental properties. The hope is that by taking this inventory out of the sale pipeline, the program could help the broader housing market recovery more quickly.

  • Government Plans to Sell Foreclosed Properties   Monday, 9 Jan 2012 | 9:11 AM ET
    Government Plans to Sell Foreclosed Properties

    A major collaborative effort is underway to sell the millions of dollars worth of foreclosed properties on the books of Fannie and Freddie, reports CNBC's Diana Olick.

  • Real Estate Investment Opportunities   Thursday, 5 Jan 2012 | 8:38 AM ET
    Real Estate Investment Opportunities

    There are opportunities in secondary cities, where capital has disappeared, such as Houston and Austin, says Len O'Donnell, President, USAA Real Estate.

  • Second Homes Making a Comeback   Tuesday, 27 Dec 2011 | 2:24 PM ET
    Second Homes Making a Comeback

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports the S&P Case-Schiller Index reveals home prices are falling in most major cities for the second straight month, however, the second home market is seeing growth.

  • Home Prices Fall in Case-Shiller Report   Tuesday, 27 Dec 2011 | 9:13 AM ET
    Home Prices Fall in Case-Shiller Report

    The S&P Case Shiller results for October show broad-based declines in home prices. Insight on the one-year change in home prices across the country, with David Blitzer, S&P 500 Index Committee chairman.

  • Existing Home Sales Rise   Wednesday, 21 Dec 2011 | 10:00 AM ET
    Existing Home Sales Rise

    The National Association of Realtors announces existing home sales in November increased 4 percent, reports CNBC's Diana Olick.

  • The Top 15 Business Stories of 2011 Tuesday, 20 Dec 2011 | 2:42 PM ET
    This story has been a slow moving train wreck all year, and will likely go into next year as well. The Euro zone continues to struggle with the fact that some of its members haven't been as fiscally responsible as others. Who'd have thought  would become a common finance term? Thanks to our global reach, CNBC.com was on top of every twist and turn. Of particular interest to our readers were our round-ups of the  and

    What were the biggest business stories of the year? Many a journo-hotshot will be glad to tell you. But here at CNBC.com, we like when our readers tell us what interests you.

  • Realty Check: Foreclosures to Grow in 2012?   Thursday, 15 Dec 2011 | 10:50 AM ET
    Realty Check: Foreclosures to Grow in 2012?

    CNBC's Diana Olick reveals new data that suggests even more foreclosure problems are headed our way in the new year.

  • New Foreclosure Wave is Coming Thursday, 15 Dec 2011 | 9:54 AM ET
    A home is advertised for sale at a foreclosure auction in Pasadena, California.

    Despite a seasonal slowdown in overall foreclosure activity, and a process still bogged down and backed up by the "robo-signing" processing scandal, the U.S real estate market is about to be hit by another surge of bank repossessions, according to a new report from the online foreclosure sale site RealtyTrac.

  • How Housing Plays Politics in 2012 Wednesday, 14 Dec 2011 | 2:00 PM ET

    Housing may have been the catalyst for the Great Recession, but it is not number one on America’s fix-it list for our next President.

  • The Best 'Bang for Your Buck' Real Estate Markets Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 9:18 AM ET
    No matter what kind of economic environment homebuyers find themselves in, one thing always holds true: They’ll be looking for a deal. Although there are many aspects of a home that can increase or decrease its value — such as climate, school district, landscaping, or the age of the home itself — usually buyers expect that the bigger the house, the bigger the price tag.Around the country, however, no square foot is created equal and in some places bigger houses don’t necessarily translate to sky

    These cities are where your real estate dollar would go the furthest — places where you can buy the most space with the least amount of money.

  • Residential Housing Ready to Awaken? Friday, 9 Dec 2011 | 11:04 AM ET

    After years of withering sales and slumping prices, there are strong and diverse signs that the single-family housing market is poised for a rebound.  In some metropolitan areas, the market has clearly bottomed, with sales and prices rising and foreclosures declining.