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Spring Real Estate

  • Million Dollar Homes: Presidential Edition Friday, 7 Mar 2008 | 3:29 PM ET

    The million-dollar home market isn't quite what it used to be.  As part of our recurring "Million Dollar Homes" feature, we thought it would be interesting to look at the housing markets in the hometowns of the various presidential candidates.

  • Bargain Home Prices May Lure Buyers Back Soon Monday, 25 Feb 2008 | 11:21 AM ET
    A home is advertised for sale at a foreclosure auction in Pasadena, California.

    The distressed U.S. housing market should get a lift this spring as bargain prices lure prospective buyers, but tighter lending will limit any rebound.

  • Navigating A Mortgage Minefield Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 12:16 PM ET
    A real estate sign is posted in front of this four bedroom home in Los Altos, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005, that is being offered for $1,995,000. More homes priced at over a million dollars sold last year in California than in the two previous years combined, a real estate analyst says. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

    "Good" is the operative word in the mortgage market these days. Anything else may simply not be good enough, which is why many borrowers are struggling to do a deal.

  • How To Be Your Own Realtor Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 12:17 PM ET

    In a weak housing market, handling the sale of your home without having to pay a realtor allows you to set a more competitive price and stand out in a crowded field.

  • Foreclosures: Courage And Work Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 12:16 PM ET

    The number of residential foreclosure filings continues its upward ascent across much of the country, creating a rare opportunity for educated investors to build instant equity.

  • Home Resales Hit 10-Year Low, Prices Keep Sliding Monday, 25 Feb 2008 | 11:28 AM ET
    Home prices continuing to drop.

    Sales of existing homes fell to the lowest level in nearly a decade in January while the median price for a home dropped for the fifth straight month.

  • Investing: Balancing Risk And Opportunity Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 12:17 PM ET

    There’s little to cheer about in the housing sector these days. Prices are down. Inventory is up. And demand for new construction is withering on the vine. Some, however, insist the current market correction spells opportunity for bargain hunters who are willing to wager on the long-term health of real estate.

  • US Home Prices Plunged at Record Pace Last Year Tuesday, 26 Feb 2008 | 12:50 PM ET

    The collapse in U.S. home prices accelerated to a record pace in the fourth quarter of 2007, with prices plunging 8.9 percent last year, according to a national home price index released on Tuesday.

  • Foundation For Recovery Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 12:16 PM ET

    Homebuilder stocks have staged  a remarkable turnaround in 2008,  despite a torrent of bad news,  but the share prices of many are still closer to the floor than the roof.

  • Hurdles For Jumbo Borrowers Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 12:16 PM ET
    A home is offered for sale in Riverside, Calif. Monday, July 23 2007. Mortgage defaults in California soared in the second quarter to the highest level in 10 years, the result of weak home sales and sagging home prices in the nation's largest state, a real estate research firm said Tuesday, July 24, 2007. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

    Jumbo mortgages have become hard to obtain in certain markets. Here's a few things you can do to help qualify for a loan and maybe even get a better interest rate.

  • REITs Are Looking Up Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 12:17 PM ET

    Housing slump or not, real estate investment trusts have outperformed stocks over the past three years and are once again benefitting from low rates.

  • Million-Dollar Homes Looking Ordinary Friday, 7 Mar 2008 | 1:13 PM ET

    With plummeting home sales across the country, the opportunity to buy a home with a drastically reduced price tag has risen significantly. But in some markets, even deep discounts aren't aiding in realtors' efforts to move inventory. One example: Detroit, where sales plunged 41 percent in January compared with the year before.

  • One Big Bear Is Not Running With The Bulls Monday, 13 Apr 2009 | 2:05 PM ET

    "It's still scary out there." That's what billionaire Jeff Greene told me as we sat inside one of his Southern California mansions. Greene has made a killing going against conventional wisdom.

  • Troubled Homeowners Still Find Help Hard to Get Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | 11:36 AM ET

    As the housing crisis deepens, major lenders say they will help borrowers avoid foreclosure, but nonprofit groups and others say their actions are not living up to their promises.

  • Scam Artists At Work: Borrowers Beware Monday, 13 Apr 2009 | 2:00 PM ET
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    Last week, while touting the success of one part of the Making Homes Affordable plan, President Obama issued a warning.

  • Trump: I'm Buying Commercial Real Estate Friday, 17 Apr 2009 | 2:00 PM ET

    Iconic investor Donald Trump offered CNBC his take on the economy, financials and the state of real-estate investing.

  • The subprime mortgage crisis is for the most part over. Now the second housing crisis is upon us. Too much debt, too little income.

  • Fannie, Freddie Regulator to Lift Investment Caps Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | 1:26 PM ET

    The federal regulator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will lift an investment cap, in a move that will free up billions of dollars for the mortgage finance companies.

  • Internationally Inspired Homes Wednesday, 7 Sep 2011 | 2:03 PM ET
    For some foreign-born American homeowners, nothing feels more familiar and welcoming than living in a residence styled after those in their homeland. Other homebuyers just want to live in homes that resemble the beautiful residences they admired while abroad. But whether you’d rather call home a casa, a villa, a chalet, or a  (the last which is not, mind you, a hotel), you can probably find it waiting somewhere in this melting pot’s real estate market. That seems to particularly be the case if y

    Some California homebuyers want to live in homes that resemble the beautiful residences they admired while abroad, judging by the locations of the following 10 homes.

  • Mortgage Rates Are Likely To Stay Stubbornly High Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | 4:55 PM ET
    Beazer Home

    Regulators eased investment caps on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but most experts say it won't push mortgage rates lower anytime soon.

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