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Spring Real Estate Guide

  • Some Real Estate Markets Are Heating Up Monday, 23 Mar 2009 | 11:05 AM ET
    Tampa, Florida

    In some parts of the country—especially Florida—real estate demand is going from cold, to warm, to, well,  warmer. Here's a dozen markets attracting increasing interest .

  • How To Sell Your Home Without A Realtor Monday, 23 Mar 2009 | 1:21 PM ET
    A sign points the way to a home for sale in Beaverton, Ore., Monday, May 22, 2006.  Figures for existing home sales will be released Thursday. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

    By cutting out the middle man and selling your home yourself, you could walk away with tens of thousands of dollars more in your pocket. It just takes a little marketing know-how and a lot of entrepreneurial spirit.

  • Million Dollar Homes Across America Thursday, 12 Feb 2009 | 10:55 AM ET
    How much can $1 million buy you in today’s real estate market? The answer, of course, varies greatly depending on where you’re looking to buy.  The past two years have been a tumultuous time for the real estate market, but some places have been hurt more significantly than others.We took a look at prices of homes on the market in the past two months in 18 local markets and have compiled a list of examples from these markets that can give you an idea of how far $1 million can really get you. Clic

    We took a look at prices of homes on the market in the past two months in 18 local markets and compiled examples that can give you an idea of how far $1 million can really get you.

  • Making Your Way Through The Mortgage Maze Monday, 23 Mar 2009 | 1:13 PM ET
    Mortgage

    Throw out everything you may remember about the good old days. Here’s the information you need now to get a home loan. It starts with good credit.

  • Five Factors Reshaping The Housing Market Monday, 23 Mar 2009 | 1:10 PM ET

    Short-term government initiatives and long-term market forces are likely to affect the market for years to come.

  • Homeowner Vacancy Rates Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009 | 1:44 PM ET
    posted 24 Feb 2009by , Senior ProducerAs the economy plunged into recession in 2008, the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau on housing vacancies helps paint a grim statistical picture for the housing market. Nationally in the fourth quarter of 2008, homeowner vacancy rates remained quite elevated at 2.9%.We've filtered through the data on the 75 largest metropolitan areas, to find those that are being hit the hardest by homeowner vacancies. Is your metro area on the list?Related:- - -

    The number of empty homes across the country are up. Check out the metro areas with the highest homeowner vacancy rates.

  • posted 24 Feb 2009by , Senior ProducerThe latest data on rental vacancies (a component of the index of leading economic indicators) from the U.S. Census Bureau helps paint a grim statistical picture of the current economic climate. Nationally in the fourth quarter of 2008, rental vacancy rates remained quite elevated at 10.1%. We've filtered through the data on the 75 largest metropolitan areas, to find those that are being hit the hardest by rental vacancies. Is your metro area on the list?Rela

    We've filtered through the data on the 75 largest metropolitan areas, to find those that are being hit the hardest by rental vacancies. Is your metro area on the list?

  • Wading Into Foreclosures Monday, 23 Mar 2009 | 1:30 PM ET
    Foreclosure Sign

    There's a lot of misery out there as more and more people lose their homes, but that's no reason not to buy a foreclosed property. Here's a need-to-know guide.

  • Most Expensive Office Rents Wednesday, 4 Mar 2009 | 10:47 AM ET
    For the first time in nine years, London does not have the most expensive office rents and that's largely because of the financial crisis. In the past, rapidly expanding financial institutions and hedge funds drove commercial property rental rates ever higher. Now a sharp drop off in demand is taking a toll on prices. In some cities, like London, office rents are the cheapest in years. On a global basis rents managed to rise by just 3 percent in 2008, significantly lower than the 14 percent gain

    Due to the global economic crisis, London was thrown off the the top of the list for the first time in years. See which city took the No. 1 spot.

  • Vacation Home Concept Still Works For Some Monday, 23 Mar 2009 | 1:15 PM ET

    Interest rates are at rock bottom. Housing affordability is at a record high and the glut of available properties on the market has left buyers holding all the cards. If your long-term financial plan includes the purchase of a second home, or vacation property, now may be the time to make your move.

  • Home Sellers May Soon Flood The Market Friday, 20 Mar 2009 | 2:40 PM ET

    Lower interest rates and efforts to free up credit could result in a flood of homes being put up for sale in the coming weeks.

  • Big Obstacles For Jumbo Loan Customers Tuesday, 24 Mar 2009 | 9:20 AM ET

    While most mortgage rates head lower, buying or refinancing a more expensive house is getting harder. "I don't see the situation for jumbo rates improving for more than a year or two," says one economist.

  • The Fed's efforts to push down mortgage rates have raised expectations about a  housing recovery, but it may take months to have any impact—and the results may not all be positive.

  • US Needs 'Resolution Authority' For Big Firms: Frank Tuesday, 31 Mar 2009 | 8:03 AM ET
    Barney Frank

    House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) says the drastic steps the Obama administration is taking in dealing with the nation's struggling automakers further underscores the need for the government to have so-called resolution authority to take over and unwind the businesses of big non-bank companies.

  • Fed's Move To Lower Mortgage Rates May Backfire Wednesday, 1 Apr 2009 | 2:01 PM ET
    California Suburbs

    Though housing still faces major headwinds, including foreclosures and unemployment, a number of positive forces may finally be enough to form a market bottom.

  • Least Affordable Metro Areas Friday, 20 Mar 2009 | 12:48 PM ET
    If you’re looking for inexpensive housing, stay clear of the East and West coasts: They are home to some of the least affordable metro areas in the country. Take a look at the top 10, ranked by the percentage of affordable homes for families making a median salary in that area.

    If you’re looking for inexpensive housing, stay clear of the East and West coasts: They are home to some of the least affordable metro areas in the country.

  • States With the Highest Foreclosure Rates Thursday, 14 Jul 2011 | 2:19 AM ET
    Foreclosure filings, defined as a default notice, auction sale notice or bank repossessions, were an increase of nearly 4 percent from the previous month and down 29 percent from June 2010. 0.90 percent of all U.S. housing units (one in 111) had at least one foreclosure filing in the first half of the year, according to RealtyTrac's June 2011 Foreclosure Market Report.

    Here are states with the 10 highest foreclosure rates in July 2011, according to RealtyTrac's July 2011 Foreclosure Market Report.

  • Most Affordable Metro Areas Friday, 20 Mar 2009 | 1:39 PM ET
    Looking to move to a more affordable area? Take a look at these 10 metro areas, ranked based on the percentage of affordable homes for a family making the median income in that neighborhood.

    Take a look at these 10 metro areas, ranked based on the percentage of affordable homes for a family making the median income in that neighborhood.

  • 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 World's Most Expensive Real Estate Markets Tuesday, 24 Mar 2009 | 3:04 PM ET
    In 2008, with falling prices, sluggish sales and currency fluctuations, the credit crunch and global financial crisis have devalued real estate in places that have traditionally been the most expensive residential markets in the world.On March 23,  released the Wealth Report 2009, a survey of high-end, prime real estate around the world. It reports some dramatic price fluctuations around the world in the 2008 calendar year, and even more dramatic swings from Q3 to Q4. The firm defines prime real

    Stable or rising prices are a good measure of future development and the demand for investment. See the world’s most expensive high-end real estate markets!

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