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  • US home sales slide in April amid listing shortage Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 10:02 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Sales of existing U.S. homes slipped in April due mainly to relatively few listings and rising prices, providing evidence of the housing sector's uneven recovery. The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that sales of existing homes fell 3.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.04 million. April marked the second straight...

  • WASHINGTON, May 21- U.S. home resales unexpectedly fell in April as tight inventories pushed prices higher, giving a cautious signal on the strength of the housing market. The National Association of Realtors said on Thursday existing home sales dropped 3.3 percent to an annual rate of 5.04 million units. March's sales pace was revised up to 5.21 million units...

  • Ahead of the Bell: US Home Sales Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 6:08 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The National Association of Realtors reports on April sales of existing homes Thursday at 10 a.m. Eastern. SLIGHT UPTICK: Economists expect that sales rose 0.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.22 million homes, according to a survey by data firm FactSet. Nearly 17 percent of mortgage holders were underwater at the end of 2014,...

  • Report boosts homebuilder shares Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 1:39 PM ET

    The Commerce Department report shows that housing starts last month increased 20.2 percent for the month, to an annual rate of 1.14 million homes. "The housing market comes back in the spring, is what realtors always say, and boy is this true today," said Christopher Rupkey, chief financial economist at MUFG Union Bank, in a note to clients. The report helped lift...

  • Ahead of the Bell: US home construction Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 6:19 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Commerce Department reports on April U.S. home construction Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. Eastern. Sales of existing homes jumped 6.1 percent in March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.19 million, the National Association of Realtors said last month. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released...

  • Disruptor 50: No. 49 Nextdoor Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Nirav Tolia, co-founder and CEO of Nextdoor

    Who are the people in your neighborhood? Facebook can't tell you, but Nextdoor is using social media to reconnect Americans locally.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 11 Houzz Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Houzz founders Alon Cohen and Adi Tatarko

    Homeowners, designers and retailers exchange ideas and sell their wares on this platform, aimed at those in need of renovation help.

  • WASHINGTON, April 30- U.S. financial regulators on Thursday issued a rule subjecting real estate appraisal companies to tighter oversight after lax lending standards in the mortgage market contributed to the 2007-09 financial crisis. The regulation allows states to register and supervise these so-called appraisal management companies, which value...

  • WASHINGTON, April 29- Contracts to purchase previously owned U.S. homes rose in March to their highest level since 2013, a positive sign for the U.S. housing market amid expectations it is emerging from a soft patch. The National Association of Realtors on Wednesday said its pending home sales index rose 1.1 percent last month. The increase last month put...

  • FOREX-Dollar mixed after jump in U.S. home resales Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 3:52 PM ET

    *Sterling hits 5- week high vs dollar on upbeat Bank of England. A National Association of Realtors report showing an increase in March of existing home sales to an annual rate of 5.19 million units, the highest level since September 2013, suggested the U.S. economy may be shrugging off sluggishness. In a subdued session for most major currencies, sterling topped...

  • WASHINGTON, April 22- U.S. home resales surged to their highest level in 18 months in March as more homes came on the market, a sign of strength in housing ahead of the spring selling season. The fairly upbeat report from the National Association of Realtors on Wednesday implied the economy was regaining some momentum after hitting a speed bump at the start of the...

  • FOREX-Dollar firms slightly on jump in U.S. home sales Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 11:50 AM ET

    *Sterling hits 5- week high vs dollar on upbeat Bank of England. The increase in March of existing home sales to an annual rate of 5.19 million units reported by the National Association of Realtors was the highest level since September 2013. In a subdued session for most major currencies, sterling topped $1.50 after Bank of England minutes emphasized hopes for a...

  • WASHINGTON, April 22- U.S. home resales surged to their highest level in 18 months in March as more homes came on the market, a sign of strength in housing ahead of the spring selling season. The National Association of Realtors said on Wednesday existing home sales increased 6.1 percent to an annual rate of 5.19 million units, the highest level since September 2013.

  • U.S. existing home sales hit 18-month high; prices rise Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 10:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 22- U.S. home resales surged to their highest level in 18 months in March as inventories improved, a sign of strength in the housing market ahead of the spring selling season. The National Association of Realtors said on Wednesday existing home sales increased 6.1 percent to an annual rate of 5.19 million units, the highest level since September...

  • This city may lose its skyscraper crown Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 12:33 AM ET
    New York's One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere

    Skyscraper rents in Hong Kong are still the world's highest, but the city is in danger of losing its crown to New York, Knight Frank said.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 15- An improving economy helped push sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California up to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 391,680 units in March, marking a 7.3 percent rise from a year earlier and a 6.3 percent gain from February, the California Association of Realtors said on Wednesday.

  • CHICAGO, March 31- Farmland prices in Iowa, the top U.S. corn and soybean state, are down by an average 7.6 percent over the past six months and 11 percent from a year ago, pressured mainly by lower grain prices, according to a survey released Tuesday. The report by the Iowa Realtors Land Institute said that all nine Iowa crop acreage districts showed a decrease in value...

  • CHICAGO, March 31- Farmland prices in Iowa, the top U.S. corn and soybean state, are down by an average 7.6 percent over the past six months and 11 percent from a year ago, pressured by lower grain prices and firmer interest rates, according to a survey released Tuesday. The report by the Iowa Realtors Land Institute said that the nine Iowa crop-reporting districts all...

  • March 26- A former LPL Financial LLC broker who borrowed nearly $2.3 million from clients to build a vacation rental property in Hawaii has been permanently barred from the securities industry in a settlement reached with Wall Street's watchdog. Raymond Daniel Schmidt, who was affiliated with the unit of LPL Financial Holdings Inc in Oceanside, California,...

  • WASHINGTON, March 23- U.S. home resales rebounded modestly in February as a persistent shortage of properties on the market spurred the biggest price jump in a year, a trend that could undermine the spring selling season. The National Association of Realtors said on Monday that existing home sales rose 1.2 percent to an annual rate of 4.88 million units.