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  • 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
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    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.

  • Are There Really Two Housing Markets? Tuesday, 6 Dec 2011 | 4:25 PM ET
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    As we head toward the end of the year, for some reason the drumbeat to claim that housing has bottomed is growing louder.

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    For the past several months, Realtors across the nation have been reporting an ever-increasing number of cancelled existing home sale contracts. The latest Realtors Confidence Index now puts the cancellation rate at 20 percent, way up from the historical norm of around four to six percent.

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    After a year of fruitless negotiations between major U.S. banks and the nation's state attorneys general, Massachusetts has filed the first major lawsuit over so-called "robo-signing" foreclosure processing.

  • Massachusetts AG Sues BofA   Thursday, 1 Dec 2011 | 1:00 PM ET
    Massachusetts AG Sues BofA

    New details are out on the first major state lawsuit against five big banks over foreclosure processing, with CNBC's Diana Olick.

  • Average Foreclosure Time Sets New Record Thursday, 1 Dec 2011 | 9:30 AM ET

    Foreclosures are setting new records again, this time not in their overall numbers, but in the time it is taking for all of these properties to be processed through the legal system. The average loan in foreclosure has now been delinquent a record 631 days.

  • Cancellations Plague Pending Home Sales Wednesday, 30 Nov 2011 | 2:36 PM ET

    At first glance it seems like a huge and hopeful headline: Pending home sales, based on contracts signed, rose 10.4 percent in October from September. It certainly gives the impression that buyers are hopping off the fence and into the market. Well, let's not get ahead of ourselves.

  • New Home Prices Facing Growing Pressure Monday, 28 Nov 2011 | 1:12 PM ET

    Sales of newly built homes are bouncing around a bottom, but prices are now at the lowest level of the year. The fact that October of this year saw the lowest price of the year so far is not good news going forward. What this means for the nation's big builders has the analysts split.

  • Home Sales Split By Price Monday, 21 Nov 2011 | 11:38 AM ET
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    Sales of existing homes in October beat expectations, registering a gain of 1.4 percent from the previous month, but that number masks a market that is heavily weighted to the low end. Realtors say they expect sales to bounce around the same levels for the rest of the year, with a very slight annual gain from 2010.

  • Home Builders See Signs of Hope Wednesday, 16 Nov 2011 | 10:00 AM ET

    Despite rising foreclosures and weak consumer confidence, the nation's home builders are seeing signs of hope in housing. Home builder confidence rose for the second straight month in November, according to the National Association of Home Builders' monthly sentiment survey, but builders warn it is still far below a positive reading.

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    Real estate company Coldwell Banker has released its annual list of average home listings in college football towns (FBS). The average prices are for a three-bedroom, two bathroom home. Here are some of the highlights.

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    The government's mortgage insurer is coming dangerously close to holding no excess cash reserves for loan losses.

  • FHFA Senate Hearing   Tuesday, 15 Nov 2011 | 10:02 AM ET
    FHFA Senate Hearing

    CNBC's Diana Olick has the details on the Senate Banking Committee hearing on the Federal Housing Finance Agency and new information out of the FHA.

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    In California, a raft of foreclosures has presented an unusual housing opportunity for thousands of college students, who can rent McMansions for a song. The New York Times reports.

  • US Foreclosure Activity Hit 7-Month High in October Thursday, 10 Nov 2011 | 9:21 AM ET

    More U.S. homes entered the foreclosure process in October than in the previous month, with Florida, Pennsylvania and Indiana registering among the largest monthly increases, new data show.