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  • 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.

  • Oct. new home sales up 25.4%     Wednesday, 4 Dec 2013 | 2:04 PM ET

    Digging into high new home sales data, with Diane Swonk, Mesirow Financial chief economist, Jed Kolko, Trulia, Inc. chief economist; and Dan Greenhaus, BTIG. "This is a modest improvement in new home sales," says Kolko.

  • Deconstructing home sales     Wednesday, 4 Dec 2013 | 1:04 PM ET

    CNBC's Diana Olick reports on 2 months worth of home sales data. Refinance applications are now down 50 percent from their peak in May.

  • Rising rates & the mortgage market     Wednesday, 4 Dec 2013 | 12:19 PM ET

    Total applications are down 12.8 percent week-to-week, and the average rate on the 30-year fixed conforming loan crossed the 4.5 percent mark, reports CNBC's Diana Olick. Mortgage bankers say the numbers are still skewed due to the holiday week.

  • Soaring new home sales: Not what they seem Wednesday, 4 Dec 2013 | 11:47 AM ET

    After delays due to the government shutdown and a large downward revision for August new home sales, the gains aren't quite what they seem.

  • Chinese influence on NY real estate     Wednesday, 4 Dec 2013 | 10:32 AM ET

    Dolly Lenz, Dolly Lenz Real Estate founder, discusses buying verse renting, and Chinese investors' impact on home buying in New York.

  • Why mortgage applications are taking a holiday Wednesday, 4 Dec 2013 | 7:00 AM ET

    Thanks? It didn't take much for the mortgage market to plunge into a deep freeze.

  • Lock it down: Mortgage rates on the rise again Tuesday, 3 Dec 2013 | 12:57 PM ET

    It may be time to lock in rates, as the average 30-year-fixed mortgage jumped to 4.5 percent Monday.

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