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  • Ahead of the Bell: US Home Sales Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 6:25 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The National Association of Realtors reports on sales of existing homes in November. The report is scheduled to be released Monday at 10 a.m. Eastern. Purchases rose 1.5 percent to 5.26 million in October, the highest level since September 2013.

  • The Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard& Poor's 500 index closed at record highs Monday as the market delivered its fourth gain in as many trading days. "We're getting a good Santa Claus rally," said Sam Stovall, U.S. equity strategist at S&P Capital IQ. The National Association of Realtors reported that sales of previously occupied homes fell 6.1 percent...

  • China's wealth finds home in Washington state Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 2:08 AM ET

    MEDINA, Wash.— Savvy Seattle-area real estate agents have gained an advantage by paying attention to the growing connections between China and Washington state. "I'm so glad my mother made me study Chinese," laughed property broker Janie Lee, after showing a client from Beijing a $4 million home in the suburb of Medina. And a recent top-grossing Chinese romantic...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 15- For investors in 2014, it was hard not to feel like winners. The S&P 500 is up 10 percent on the year, and existing-home sales just enjoyed a 32nd month of year-over-year price gains, according to the National Association of Realtors. One sign of this is that only 31 percent of investors is even making corrective financial resolutions for the New Year,...

  • Toll Brothers misses 4Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 6:50 AM ET
    A worker stands near a home under construction at the Toll Brothers Inc. Jupiter Country Club housing development in Jupiter, Florida.

    Toll Brothers on Wednesday reported profit of $131.5 million in its fiscal fourth quarter.

  • U.S. pending home sales post surprise drop in October Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Nov 26- Contracts to buy previously-owned U.S. homes unexpectedly fell in October, dropping to their lowest level in four months and casting a shadow over the housing market's recovery. The National Association of Realtors said on Wednesday its Pending Home Sales Index, based on contracts signed last month, dropped 1.1 percent to 104.1.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 27- The euro recovered lost ground in limited trade on Monday, boosted by weaker-than-expected U.S. housing data that softened a blow to the currency from news that German business morale fell. September pending home sales gained 0.3 percent, according to the National Association of Realtors, versus a 0.5 percent gain forecast in a Reuters poll of...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 27- The euro recovered lost ground in rangebound trade on Monday, boosted by weaker-than-expected U.S. housing data that softened the blow to the euro zone common currency from news that German business morale fell. September pending home sales gained 0.3 percent, according to the National Association of Realtors, versus a Reuters poll of...

  • Calculated risk Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 2:55 AM ET

    Oct 24- In August 2013, Goldman Sachs and Azora bought 2,935 apartments in Vallecas, Madrid, for an average 980 euros per square metre- roughly a 50 percent discount to the market rate. "It's a high default rate," said IE Business School professor Miguel Hernandez. Sources: IVIMA, Madrid real estate agents, sources close to the funds.

  • *Existing home sales rise 2.4 percent in September. WASHINGTON, Oct 21- U.S. home resales jumped to their highest level in a year in September, the latest indication that the housing market recovery is gradually getting back on track. The National Association of Realtors said on Tuesday existing home sales rose 2.4 percent to an annual rate of 5.17 million units,...

  • U.S. existing home sales hit one-year high in September Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Oct 21- U.S. home resales jumped to their highest level in a year in September, the latest indication that the housing market recovery is gradually getting back on track. The National Association of Realtors said on Tuesday existing home sales rose 2.4 percent to an annual rate of 5.17 million units, the strongest reading since September of last year.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 2- Mortgage credit remains. For example, at Boston- based real-estate lender Edward Voccola& Co. clients who borrow to buy rental properties must simply provide identification, the property address and the expected annual rent. The Mortgage Bankers Association's Mortgage Credit Availability Index, which measures the ease of obtaining a home loan,...

  • Sept 30- Rupert Murdoch's News Corp said it would buy Move Inc, the owner of property websites such as realtor.com, for about $950 million to expand its digital marketing business. Australian real estate website REA Group Ltd, which is 61.6 percent owned by News Corp, will take a 20 percent stake in Move for about $200 million, News Corp said.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 22- U.S. home resales unexpectedly fell in August as investors stepped away from the market, but the decline probably does not signal renewed weakness in the housing sector. The National Association of Realtors said on Monday existing home sales dropped 1.8 percent to an annual rate of 5.05 million units.

  • U.S. existing home sales fall as investors leave Monday, 22 Sep 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Sept 22- U.S. home resales unexpectedly fell in August as investors stepped away from the market, but the decline probably does not signal renewed weakness in the housing sector. The National Association of Realtors said existing home sales dropped 1.8 percent to an annual rate of 5.05 million units.

  • Sept 17- Farmland prices in Iowa, the top U.S. corn and soybean state, were down an average 3.4 percent over the past six months, and more than 8 percent from a year ago- pressured by lower grain prices and firmer interest rates, a twice-yearly survey of realtors said on Wednesday.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 21- Americans resold their homes in July at the fastest pace in almost a year, a sign the housing market was gaining steam again after a year-long slump. The National Association of Realtors said on Thursday existing home sales increased 2.4 percent to an annual rate of 5.15 million units.

  • SYDNEY, Aug 14- More wealthy Chinese are moving their money out of China to invest in Australia's property market as a corruption crackdown in the world's second biggest economy gathers momentum, property consultants and lawyers said.

  • WASHINGTON, July 28- Contracts to buy previously-owned U.S. homes unexpectedly fell in June, but the data did little to change perceptions the housing sector was gradually recovering after slumping in late 2013.. The National Association of Realtors said its Pending Home Sales Index, based on contracts signed last month, fell 1.1 percent to 102.7.

  • U.S. pending home sales unexpectedly fall in June Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, July 28- Contracts to buy previously-owned U.S. homes unexpectedly fell in June, casting a cloud over the housing market recovery. The National Association of Realtors said on Monday its Pending Home Sales Index, based on contracts signed last month, fell 1.1 percent to 102.7.