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  • Foreclosure Discounts Drying Up Friday, 9 Nov 2012 | 10:22 AM ET

    As more investors vie for fewer foreclosed properties, prices are going up and great deals are getting scarce. See where the biggest foreclosure discounts are now.

  • Housing Still Precarious in Obama’s Second Term Wednesday, 7 Nov 2012 | 12:34 PM ET

    The one thing standing in the way of a more robust housing recovery, is tight credit. Mortgage rates are at near-historic lows, but too many potential home buyers still cannot access these rates due to damaged credit.

  • Are we better off today than we were four years ago? From the perspective of home prices, the answer is, as always, it depends on where you live.

  • When you dig down into the numbers you can see where the numbers are not quite as rosy as some would hope for both home buyers and builders.

  • Will 'This' Change How You Invest in Banks? Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 10:36 AM ET

    The Amex and Wal-Mart venture could change what it means for the long-term viability of the prepaid card market’s old guard.

  • Homeowners Hit by Sandy May Save Thousands of Dollars Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 11:45 AM ET

    The fact that Hurricane Sandy was downgraded before it made landfall on the East Coast will save homeowners potentially thousands of dollars in home insurance deductibles.

  • Sandy Will Boost Self-Storage Space Tuesday, 30 Oct 2012 | 1:55 PM ET

    It happened after hurricane Katrina, and the expectation is that Sandy will prove no different. “Demand for self-storage rises considerably as homeowners, contractors, and local suppliers set about preparing for reconstruction,” note analysts David Toti and Gaurav Mehta of Cantor Fitzgerald.

  • Home Prices Rise, but Analysts See Pressure Ahead Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 1:09 PM ET

    While sales of existing homes are still on a bumpy road to recovery, home prices are seeing steady gains. 

  • Why Today's Housing Report Spooked Investors So Much Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 12:31 PM ET

    We know we're coming off the bottom of the housing crash, but over the summer it felt to some like we were rocketing off the bottom. Now, not so much.

  • Pending Home Sales Barely Budge in September Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 10:00 AM ET

    In a sign of a still struggling housing market, signed contracts to buy existing homes were essentially flat in September from August, edging up just 0.3 percent according to a monthly index from Realtors.

  • Home Builders Need Mortgage Bankers to Keep Recovery Alive Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 11:17 AM ET

    A jump in signed contract to buy newly built homes in September brought volumes to the highest level since April of 2010. Is it enough to put a period on the statement that housing is in full recovery? Perhaps, but not an exclamation point.

  • Renting Beats Owning, But Both Take a Bigger Slice Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 2:14 PM ET

    Renters pay less than homeowners, says a new study, but housing eats up a bigger slice of the spending pie for both groups than 25 years ago.

  • Is There a Housing Shortage? Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 11:17 AM ET

    It’s hard to imagine, given that the nation’s housing market is still digging itself out of an epic foreclosure crisis, that there just are not enough homes available to buy. But, that may be the case.

  • Apartment Bubble Inflating Fast Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 11:42 AM ET

    As single family home building recovers, are investors throwing too much cash at new rental apartments?

  • Credit Clips Homebuilder Confidence Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 10:00 AM ET
    Builder sentiment edged up just one point in October, according to an industry association index.

    After a summer of significant monthly jumps in confidence among the nation’s home builders, fall appears to be bringing in a chill.

  • Flipping properties is not what it used to be - now they must add value.

    Close to 100,000 properties were flipped in the first six months of this year - a 25 percent jump from a year ago. But flipping is not what it used to be.

  • How to Play the Housing ‘Boom’ Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 12:21 PM ET

    If you believe in this recovery, you should be looking beyond the builders to the more than 30 sectors that benefit directly from housing.

  • Foreclosures Plunge, but New States Now Suffer Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 8:43 AM ET

    In another sign that the still shaky housing recovery might be finding its footing, foreclosure filings in some of the hardest hit states of the housing crash have plummeted dramatically, and overall the nation is seeing the lowest level of foreclosure activity since 2007.

  • How Does the Fed Help My House, My Mortgage? Friday, 14 Sep 2012 | 1:05 PM ET

    “Short term, people who are thinking about moving really need to lock in,” says Craig Strent of Maryland-based Apex Home Loans adding, “when this thing turns, it’s going to be fast."

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