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  • National Scene: Bargains And Bubbles Thursday, 8 Oct 2009 | 9:31 AM ET
    Dallas, Texas

    Just because a local housing market has sunk like a stone, doesn’t mean it can’t drop some more. Here's a list of cities that are overvalued, undervalued and fairly priced.

  • California: From The Bottom Up Thursday, 8 Oct 2009 | 9:31 AM ET
    A 4-bedroom, 2.5-bath, 2,200-square-foot home in La Jolla, Calif.

    If California is an indicator of the US real estate market, then the tide could be turning.  Discounted higher-priced homes are beginning to sell, following a frenzy of activity with foreclosed properties.

  • Florida: No Fire Sale But Affordable Again Thursday, 8 Oct 2009 | 9:31 AM ET
    Cape Coral, FL

    Florida, perhaps more than any other state, epitomizes the dramatic rise and fall of the nation’s housing market. Though the state continues to struggle with high foreclosure rates and an excess of available homes, leading indicators suggest its residential market is on the road to recovery

  • Mid-Atlantic: D.C.'s Hot, Everything Else Is Not Thursday, 8 Oct 2009 | 9:31 AM ET
    Roycroft House

    Thankfully, the two-year-long storm in the Mid-Atlantic housing market appears to be over. In pockets of the region, the sun is beginning to peak through, and homes are again being bought and sold. But, like the weather, the recovery is variable.

  • The Midwest: Less Gain, Less Pain Thursday, 8 Oct 2009 | 9:25 AM ET
    Chicago Real Estate

    Indeed, some areas fell victim to the same woes that dragged down large markets in New York, Florida, and California, while others are currently experiencing boom-era price increases

  • New England: Ahead Of The Curve Thursday, 8 Oct 2009 | 9:31 AM ET

    “We are not a speculative group of people. Instead [New Englanders] tend to be very conservative and don’t get into as much speculative behavior. That’s why prices didn’t drop as much."

  • Interest Rates: As Good As It Gets
    By: Mark Koba
    Thursday, 8 Oct 2009 | 9:31 AM ET
    Interest Rate

    In the past, the prospect of higher rates has typically led to a burst of mortgage activity, but in the current environment, particularly after the extenuating circumstances of the past two years, it's hard to say if that dynamic will play out again.

  • Equities: Capitalizing On A Recovery
    By: Jeff Cox
    Thursday, 8 Oct 2009 | 9:31 AM ET
    New home construction

    Continued signs of stabilization in the market, from a reversal of falling home price to a tightening in credit spreads, have analysts optimistic about the builders' future. No wonder the sector is hot.

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  • 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. With the real estate market being so tumultuous over the past several years, the question of 'when' you're looking to buy is almost as important.CNBC has canvassed 19 real estate markets around the country, from New York City and Los Angeles to Omaha and Anchorage to get a picture of how diverse local real estate markets across the country really are, and

    CNBC surveyed 19 markets from New York City and Los Angeles to Omaha, Nebraska and Anchorage, Alaska, to illustrate the great differences in purchasing power then and now.

  • On Sale: Homes Across America Thursday, 8 Oct 2009 | 10:01 AM ET
    High foreclosure and unemployment rates have made it unusually hard for people to sell their homes. That means sellers have to be patient as well as flexible. Can you say price cut? Some 26 percent of homes currently on the market have had at least one price cut, according to real estate search Web site Trulia.com. The median reduction was 10 percent. During this past summer, homeowners hacked a total of $28.5 billion from home prices. The slashed prices have left what many consider a wealth of

    The slashed prices have left what many consider a wealth of bargains across the country. Take a look at these homes that have seen about a 20 percent drop in price since being listed.

  • Coolest Beach Homes Tuesday, 28 Jul 2009 | 8:38 AM ET

    If life's a beach, why not live next to one in one of these homes.

  • 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.

  • Million Dollar Home Price Reductions Thursday, 8 Oct 2009 | 6:05 AM ET
    America's real estate market has had a rough ride over the past two years, with home valuations dropping and foreclosure rates on the rise, but how big can these drops really be?Recently, Trulia.com released their "October Price Reduction Report," which highlights some of their high-end listings that have dropped significantly in price, in excess of $1 million. The report also found that 25.6% of all homes on the market as of Oct 1 have experienced at least one price cut, with the total amount o

    America's real estate market has had a rough ride over the past two years, with home valuations dropping and foreclosure rates on the rise, but how big can these drops really be? Find out!

  • How To Sell Your House In A Tough Market Thursday, 8 Oct 2009 | 9:23 AM ET
    In a buyer's market like the current one, many homeowners can't even sell their house, never mind get top dollar. Whether it's a draw of cheap, foreclosure properties or just a glut of conventional ones, buyers have more choice than ever. Many put their house on the market and see it languish with barely an offer--and that's after one or several cuts in the asking price. So, if you really want to sell, get real and busy. Here's some tips.

    In a buyer's market like the current one, many homeowners can't even sell their house. Here's some tips compiled from various realtors and real estate experts.

  • The World’s Most Expensive Places To Live 2009 Tuesday, 7 Jul 2009 | 4:26 PM ET
    Each year,  assembles its ranking of the most expensive places to live. Mercer compiles information from 143 cities worldwide, comparing the cost of more than 200 items in each location including housing, transportation, food, entertainment and more.This year’s rankings saw a significant reshuffling from 2008, due largely in part to currency fluctuations and the strengthening of the US dollar, which Mercer uses as the benchmark for comparing costs. This year’s Cost of Living Survey found that Eu

    Each year, Mercer Consulting assembles its ranking of the most expensive places to live. This year’s rankings saw a significant reshuffling from 2008.

  • Most Popular Relocation Cities Friday, 16 Jan 2009 | 12:36 PM ET
    Whether they’re fleeing tight job markets, taking advantage of cheaper home prices or just looking for a change of pace, nearly 34 million people moved in 2007, according to the U.S. Census. But where are they going? , a Web site that helps consumers relocate, crunched numbers from 500,000 searches conducted on the site in 2008. These ten cities drew the most interest. Click on to find out the cities and what their housing and job markets look like. Sources: City rankings from Relocation.com. Ex

    Relocation.com, a Web site that helps consumers relocate, crunched numbers from 500,000 searches conducted on the site in 2008. These 10 cities drew the most interest.

  • The World’s Best Places To Live 2009 Tuesday, 5 May 2009 | 3:27 PM ET
    Each year, Mercer Consulting assembles its ranking of 215 cities worldwide, based on a quality of living point-scoring index that uses New York City as a base comparison.The rankings take into consideration 10 key categories and 39 separate criteria, ranging from the political environment and health considerations to recreation and consumer goods; statistics which are collected via Mercer’s Worldwide Quality of Living Survey. Because quality of living can be rather subjective, Mercer has defined

    Each year, Mercer Consulting assembles its ranking of 215 cities worldwide. So, where are the world’s best cities to live? Click to find out!

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