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  • Mortgage rates to rise, but not because of taper Thursday, 19 Dec 2013 | 7:00 AM ET

    The Fed's move to trim its bond-buying did little to raise rates, but mortgage applicants should be concerned about news from Fannie and Freddie.

  • US mortgage rate will continue to rise: Pro     Thursday, 19 Dec 2013 | 5:30 AM ET

    Greg McBride, senior financial analyst at Bankrate.com, says that the Fed's tapering announcement had little impact on mortgage rates which should continue their "slow grind higher" through 2014.

  • Housing starts surge in November     Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 1:05 PM ET

    Housing starts, down in September and October for the first time since 2011, rose 22.7 percent last month, CNBC's Diana Olick reports. Also, a look at the recent drop in mortgage applications.

  • Preview of a taper? Mortgage apps plunge Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 7:00 AM ET
    A Century 21 'For Sale' sign stands outside of a home in Seattle, Washington.

    Mortgage applications fell to their lowest level in more than 12 years in the past week, according to a weekly report.

  • China's new home prices rise at fresh record pace Tuesday, 17 Dec 2013 | 8:54 PM ET

    China new home prices hit a fresh record growth rate in November, despite repeated measures by Beijing to cool the red-hot property sector.

  • Homes get makeovers as mortgages are back in black Tuesday, 17 Dec 2013 | 1:02 PM ET
    Carpenters renovating a home in Cohasset, Mass.

    Architects are busier than ever as more homeowners are sprucing up their houses after their mortgages return to positive equity.

  • Home builder confidence rises     Tuesday, 17 Dec 2013 | 10:04 AM ET

    CNBC's Diana Olick reports home owner sentiment beat expectations and jumped 4 points to 58 in December.

  • Home builder confidence ends year on high note Tuesday, 17 Dec 2013 | 9:59 AM ET
    New homes for sale at a housing development in Dublin, Calif., on Dec. 4, 2013.

    Pent-up demand from the government shutdown drove more potential buyers to new model homes, boosting home builder confidence in December.

  • US housing: Problems ahead?     Tuesday, 17 Dec 2013 | 5:00 AM ET

    Shari Olefson, CEO of The Carnegie Group, explains how the new U.S. mortgage law will impact the housing market and argues that the raised debt ratio requirement "will be a problem."

  • Eyeing a rental market play? Blackstone wants you Monday, 16 Dec 2013 | 3:23 PM ET

    After investing close to $7 billion in rental properties, Blackstone is offering cash to smaller investors looking to get into the game.

  • The healthiest housing markets? It'll surprise you Friday, 13 Dec 2013 | 12:37 PM ET
    San Jose, Calif.

    Who would have thought that five of Zillow's top 10 healthiest housing markets would be in this state?

  • Borrowers struggle to pay off home equity loans Thursday, 12 Dec 2013 | 12:03 PM ET

    While fewer borrowers are falling behind on their mortgages, more home equity loans are becoming delinquent.

  • How much house can $1 million buy? Wednesday, 11 Dec 2013 | 5:27 PM ET
    The Beach Bungalow

    Seven $1 million homes will be featured, all with Main Street addresses. Which homes will give buyers the biggest bang for the buck?

  • Despite rising rates, mortgage apps tick higher Wednesday, 11 Dec 2013 | 7:33 AM ET

    Applications for U.S. home mortgages rose slightly last week after five consecutive weeks of declines, an industry group said on Wednesday.

  • The new mortgage landscape: What you need to know Tuesday, 10 Dec 2013 | 1:13 PM ET

    The spring could bring a new surge in home sales, but buyer demand will be hit head-on by changes unfolding in the mortgage business. Learn more.

  • Skyrocketing rents hit 'crisis' levels Monday, 9 Dec 2013 | 3:45 PM ET

    Half of the 43 million renters in the U.S. now pay more than a third of their income to their landlords, up from 18 percent 10 years ago.

  • Housing affordability shrinking     Friday, 6 Dec 2013 | 1:07 PM ET

    Residential construction jobs grew in November, and employment data in hard hit housing areas were slightly ahead of national growth. However, CNBC's Diana Olick reports rates are decidedly higher from last week and affordability is shrinking.

  • Rising mortgage rates a boon to smaller lenders Friday, 6 Dec 2013 | 12:28 PM ET

    Rising rates, in addition to tighter underwriting and fast-rising home prices, have pushed borrowers away from larger lenders.

  • Chinese are snapping up US real estate: Dolly Lenz Wednesday, 4 Dec 2013 | 4:52 PM ET
    San Francisco, California.

    Many Americans are still skittish about US real estate but Chinese buyers are snapping up property in hot US markets, said Dolly Lenz.

  • Dodd-Frank was a poorly written law: Pro     Wednesday, 4 Dec 2013 | 3:18 PM ET

    David Lykken, Mortgage Banking Solutions managing partner, and Christopher Thornberg, Beacon Economics principal, debate a specific section of Dodd-Frank that requires lenders to verify borrower's ability to pay back their loan.

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