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  • Fannie and Freddie Finally on the Block Friday, 11 Feb 2011 | 10:01 AM ET

    The Obama administration finally released it's "white paper" on how to eventually wind down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Really no surprises. They offer three scenarios and don't throw their weight behind any one in particular.

  • Foreclosure Exposure Splits the Nation Thursday, 10 Feb 2011 | 2:48 PM ET
    Foreclosed Home

    Anyone who expected to see a big jump in foreclosure numbers, now that banks/servicers are supposedly ramping up the post-robo process again, got a big surprise today.

  • Big Changes Coming for Mortgage Market Monday, 7 Feb 2011 | 12:55 PM ET
    Foreclosure

    What leaked last week was the idea of reducing Fannie, Freddie and FHA loan limits, currently at $729,750 for high-priced markets to $625,000.

  • Peter Wallison more or less demolishes the conventional wisdom—and now the official Federal Crisis Inquiry Commission view—when it comes to the collapse of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

  • How to Fix Mortgage Lending: Rein in The Regulators Thursday, 27 Jan 2011 | 12:07 PM ET
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    Over at Barry Ritholtz’s “The Big Picture,” Bill Black has been publishing a series of posts on how mortgage lending should be regulated. Black, who is the author of “The Best Way To Rob A Bank Is To Own One,” does an admirable job at pointing out how pervasive fraud arises and undermines market discipline.

  • Unexpected Cities See More Homes Go Back to the Bank Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 | 12:43 PM ET

    Foreclosure "actions" in Q3, which include anything from default notices to bank repossessions, rose in 65 percent of the nation's top 200 housing markets.

  • The mortgage mess that lead to foreclosure freezes by several large banks across much of the country may slow down the ability of banks to issue new mortgages, which could push the housing market into a sharp downward spiral.

  • Existing Home Sales: Read Between the Numbers Monday, 25 Oct 2010 | 1:43 PM ET
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    Noise. There's an awful lot of it in today's report on September existing home sales from the National Association of Realtors. Even the markets could hear the noise, as they didn't react all that much to the 10 percent jump in sales that completely beat expectations.

  • Do Foreclosure Freezes Benefit Builders? Monday, 18 Oct 2010 | 12:25 PM ET

    The builders say they are starting to see some "flickers of interest among potential buyers." They also note that most builders have no access to capital for building homes, and therefore won't be able to meet the pent-up demand.

  • Foreclosure

    If you’re looking to renovate and flip, forget it. But if you’re in a position to buy and hold, with the intent of either renting your property or sitting on it until the real estate recession subsides, the market is ripe for the picking.

  • Freddie Mac Says Foreclosure Pipeline Is Slowing Monday, 25 Oct 2010 | 4:22 AM ET

    The foreclosure process in the US is slowing, enabling delinquent borrowers to stay in their homes for months after they stop making mortgage payments, according to one of the largest lenders. The FT reports.

  • BofA and Fraudclosure: A Tragedy in 3 Acts
    By: Jeff Cox
    Wednesday, 20 Oct 2010 | 2:42 PM ET

    Fraudclosure...Mortgage Mayhem in the Good Old USA...a Saga of Greed, Destruction and Redemption (?)…and the curtain opens...

  • Fannie/Freddie Bailout Could Total $363 Billion Thursday, 21 Oct 2010 | 3:12 PM ET

    So out of the blue this morning I get a bill for anywhere from $221 billion to $363 billion; it wasn't addressed to me alone, but as a taxpayer I tend to take these things very personally.

  • Bank of America and GMAC are firing up their formidable foreclosure machines again, after a brief pause, but homeowners are asking why lenders often balk at short sales. The New York Times reports.

  • Administration Shifts Focus on Foreclosure-Gate Wednesday, 20 Oct 2010 | 10:51 AM ET
    Foreclosure sign

    As I suspected would happen, the Obama administration is changing the foreclosure conversation.

  • Foreclosure

    When Bank of America resumes its foreclosures next week, it is going to find that the process is a lot tougher than it was just a few weeks ago.

  • FBI Looking at Financial Industry's Foreclosure Mess Wednesday, 20 Oct 2010 | 4:45 AM ET
    A home is advertised for sale at a foreclosure auction in Pasadena, California.

    Big lenders are trying to move past the foreclosure-document mess, saying they're now confident their paperwork is accurate. Yet they face so much organized resistance that they can't just snap up their briefcases, declare the crisis over and move on.

Real Estate Poll

  • Would You Walk Away? Wednesday, 27 Oct 2010 | 3:18 PM ET

    One study says 36 percent of Americans believe walking away from their mortgage and their home is OK. What do you say?

Real Estate Video

  • Geithner on GSE Reform     Friday, 11 Feb 2011 | 8:40 AM ET

    Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner discusses the administration's plan to reform GSEs, with CNBC's Steve Liesman.

  • Gearing Up a Plan for GSEs     Friday, 11 Feb 2011 | 8:41 AM ET

    Reacting to Treasury Secretary Geithner's comments on the administration's new plan for mortgage finance reform, with Mark Zandi, Moody's Analytics; Michael Barr, University of Michigan; and CNBC's Steve Liesman & Rick Santelli.

  • Future of Mortgage Finance     Friday, 11 Feb 2011 | 8:16 AM ET

    William Gross, of PIMCO, discusses the government's role in the U.S. residential mortgage market.

  • Reform for Mortgage Finance     Friday, 11 Feb 2011 | 7:21 AM ET

    Rebuilding the mortgage industry, with Joseph Murin, former Ginnie Mae president, and James Lockhart, former Federal Housing Finance Agency director.

  • Mortgage Investors Unite in NYC     Wednesday, 27 Oct 2010 | 1:31 PM ET

    Some of the nation's most prominent mortgage investors are gathering in New York Wednesday for a meeting that could serve as a key first step in organizing a major action to recoup billions in losses and damages from the nation's big banks. CNBC's Kate Kelly has the details.

  • Messy Time for Mortgage Banker Meeting     Monday, 25 Oct 2010 | 2:25 PM ET

    The Mortgage Bankers Association is meeting in Atlanta, and between the foreclosure mess and tougher regulations, this could be one of their most critical conferences ever, reports CNBC's Mary Thompson.

  • New Home Sales Up 6.6%     Wednesday, 27 Oct 2010 | 10:00 AM ET

    New home sales rise 6.6 percent in September, with CNBC's Diana Olick.

Real Estate Slideshows

  • America’s Most Stable Real Estate Markets Monday, 9 Aug 2010 | 3:08 PM ET
    After a year of modest stabilization, the housing market is looking shaky again, For homebuyers and investors alike, there's concern about a double dip. That's bad for the real estate sector and the economy as a whole. Nevertheless, in some markets around America, prices have been stable over the past year. Real estate website  sorted through the data to see which markets have been the most stable over the past 12 months. Comparing the  (ZHVI) - a median value for homes currently on the market -

    For homebuyers and investors alike, there's concern about a double dip. Nevertheless, in some markets around America, prices have been stable over the past year.

  • Cities Where Renting Beats Buying Thursday, 3 Jun 2010 | 11:14 AM ET
    It's the age-old problem when looking for a place to live: buy or rent? To see which cities offer the best rental opportunities, real estate website  conducted an analysis of the most advantageous ratios between rental prices and home values. Trulia looked at prices for two- bedroom apartments, condos and townhouses for sale and for rent in the 50 largest US metro areas. Total costs include rent and renter's insurance vs. buying a home, which includes down payment, mortgage principal and interes

    To see which cities offer the best rental opportunities, real estate website Trulia.com conducted an analysis of the most advantageous ratios between rental prices and home values.

  • America's Coolest Beach Homes Friday, 28 May 2010 | 9:57 AM ET
    With summer heat just around the corner, you can bet plenty of people are planning trips to the shore. But what could be "cooler" experience than actually owning a mansion on the sand?  has compiled a list of America's Ten Coolest Beach Homes, and although the word "beach home" elicits thoughts of a secondary residence, all of the properties featured here include amenities rarely seen in homes around the country. All are listed for sale in 2010, and boast multi-million dollar price tags, stemmin

    TopTenRealEstateDeals.com has compiled a list of America's Ten Coolest Beach Homes. Where are they located? Click to find out.

  • U.S. Cities With The Most Underwater Mortgages Monday, 10 May 2010 | 10:45 AM ET
    For individual homeowners, being “underwater” on a mortgage – when a home is worth less than outstanding debt, or has “negative equity” – is one of the worst positions to be in, short of foreclosure. , a firm that compiles US real estate and mortgage information, has put together a list of the 156 largest metro areas that includes statistics on median home values, market changes and the proportion of homes with negative equity. Included in the data is the “Zillow Home Values Index,” which repres

    Zillow.com, has put together a list of the 156 largest metro areas that includes statistics on median home values, market changes and the proportion of homes with negative equity.

  • Million Dollar Foreclosures Friday, 7 May 2010 | 9:31 AM ET
    As the foreclosure rate in the low-to-mid -income housing market shows some signs of stabilizing, the rate for the high-end, or luxury, market is increasing. Here's a list of some bank-owned properties, known as REO, priced over a million dollars, which are currently on the market.

    The rate for the high-end, or luxury, market is increasing. Here's a list of some bank-owned properties currently on the market—priced for more than a million dollars.

  • The World's Best Places To Live 2010 Tuesday, 4 May 2010 | 11:50 AM ET
    If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Although the answer likely varies from person to person, there are several universal factors that make any spot a great place to live. To get a sense of the best places to call home, the  (EIU) assembles annual rankings of 140 major cities worldwide based on which have the most ideal living conditions. The rankings are based on over 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five categories: stability, health care, culture/environme

    The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) assembles annual rankings of 140 major cities worldwide based on which have the most ideal living conditions.

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