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  • 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
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    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.

  • Half of US Mortgages Are Effectively Underwater Tuesday, 8 Nov 2011 | 5:45 PM ET
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    Over 50 percent of all mortgaged households in the US are effectively underwater — unable to sell for enough to pay the six percent Realtor's fee and put a down payment on a new home, a mortgage analyst says.

  • 11 Costly Sports Divorces Wednesday, 2 Nov 2011 | 12:07 PM ET
    On Oct. 31, 2011, the world was blindsided by the news that reality TV star Kim Kardashian was divorcing her husband, National Basketball Association star Kris Humphries. The couple had married on Aug. 20, 2011 in a storybook wedding worth . A mere 72 days later, however, Kardashian had filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.Fortunately, the couple had a prenuptial agreement in place, so each party is likely to walk away from the union with their finances intact. This puts Humphrie

    However long they were married, the price of breaking the contract was huge -- sometimes even reached nine figures.

  • Challenge Your Foreclosure Now Tuesday, 1 Nov 2011 | 11:15 AM ET
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    It's late, and it's limited, but for borrowers who feel their homes were wrongly or inappropriately foreclosed upon in 2009 and 2010, there is now recourse.

  • Cashing In On Foreclosures?   Friday, 28 Oct 2011 | 10:34 AM ET
    Cashing In On Foreclosures?

    A new plan to help the housing market could make foreclosed homes a sought after commodity, with CNBC's Diana Olick.

  • Investors Raising Cash to Buy Government Foreclosures Thursday, 27 Oct 2011 | 1:10 PM ET
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    What's weighing on confidence are still-falling home prices, and what's pushing those home prices down are foreclosures. That's why the Obama Administration is pushing a potential plant to auction off foreclosed properties in bulk to investors.

  • Obama Refi Plan is Not Housing Stimulus Monday, 24 Oct 2011 | 5:05 PM ET
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    "President Obama is taking action." At least that's what the blog on the WhiteHouse.gov says today in describing the president's trip to Las Vegas. "We can't wait to help homeowners," it goes.

  • Gloom Grips Consumers, and It May Be About Home Prices Wednesday, 19 Oct 2011 | 10:56 AM ET
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    “For two years I kept thinking that things would get better,”one Florida homeowner tells the New York Times. “Now I think the future doesn’t look so good.”

  • Refi's in Big Bank Foreclosure Settlement: Not Worth It Tuesday, 18 Oct 2011 | 12:07 PM ET
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    Despite the furor, the threats, and the big bank blame game, there is still no settlement between the "robo-signers" and the fifty state attorneys general who promised payback for borrowers. Now, as talks are allegedly in their final phase, according to a source very close to the process, the AG's have thrown in another wrench, or perhaps they're throwing a bone.

  • A Foreclosure Snapshot from Chicago Thursday, 13 Oct 2011 | 12:42 PM ET
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    I'm here today doing a story on Bank of America's new program to demolish some of these homes and donate them back to the city. They expect to do a mere 150 over the next two years, which is really a drop in the bucket when you go on foreclosure websites and see thousands of these properties for sale, with many more coming.

  • Rate on 30-year Fixed Mortgage Rises to 4.12 Percent Thursday, 13 Oct 2011 | 12:23 PM ET
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    The average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage rose sharply this week after falling below 4 percent for the first time in history.

  • US Mortgage Default Notices Spike in Third Quarter Thursday, 13 Oct 2011 | 1:08 AM ET
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    Bank seizures of US homes fell in the third quarter but an upswing in default notices suggests foreclosures could start to rise again, a report by RealtyTrac said on Thursday.

  • 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
    The Bust & Boomers of Housing

    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.

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    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
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    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.