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  • Beyond the Numbers, Confidence Returns to Housing Tuesday, 26 Mar 2013 | 11:46 AM ET

    Despite a raging, record-high stock market, more Americans believe a home is a better long-term investment than stocks, according to CNBC All-America Economic Survey.

  • Don't Kill the Mortgage Deduction—Cap It: Pro Tuesday, 26 Mar 2013 | 9:01 AM ET

    Instead of ending the mortgage-interest tax deduction, adjust it to do what it is intended to do: stimulate home buying, one industry insider says.

  • Lending Like It's 2003 to 'Qualified' Homebuyers Monday, 25 Mar 2013 | 12:00 PM ET

    Despite "horror stories" about the difficulties of getting a mortgage, banks are willing to lend, Barry Habib, chief market strategist at Residential Finance, told CNBC.

  • Taxes: Brilliant Deductions and Hazardous No-No's Saturday, 23 Mar 2013 | 9:12 AM ET

    You probably realize there are tax breaks related to your home, your charitable giving and your work—but you may be eligible for more than you know.

  • Once Free-Flowing, Interest-Only Mortgages Go Niche Friday, 22 Mar 2013 | 12:17 PM ET

    A staple during the real-estate boom, interest-only home loans are now available only to a privileged few, and even they should approach with care.

  • You Go Girl! Time to 'Lean In' on Finances: Study Thursday, 21 Mar 2013 | 9:35 AM ET

    The average man has 30 percent more in taxable investments than the average woman and 72 percent more in his IRA, according to a new study.

  • Applications Tumble as US Mortgage Rates Rise Wednesday, 20 Mar 2013 | 8:14 AM ET

    Applications for U.S. home mortgages tumbled for a second week in a row last week as interest rates continued to climb to seven-month highs, data from an industry group showed on Wednesday.

  • Foreclosure Hot Spots Continue to Plague Market Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 | 6:33 AM ET

    More U.S. homeowners were hit with new foreclosure filings in February, pointing to the challenges the market still faces even as the housing recovery gains traction, RealtyTrac reported Thursday.

  • Seven Must-Haves for Your Dream Retirement Home Wednesday, 13 Mar 2013 | 12:30 PM ET

    Finding the right home for retirement, whether it means moving to a new location or renovating a current home so you can age in place, involves being realistic about your long-term physical needs, your financial resources, and what kinds of facilities are nearby to support you, financial and aging experts say.

  • US Mortgage Applications Fall as Rates Spiked: MBA Wednesday, 13 Mar 2013 | 7:21 AM ET

    Mortgage rates spiked last week, sapping demand for home loans on the heels of a sharp rebound in applications the previous week, data from an industry group showed on Wednesday.

  • How Congress' Retirement Package Compares to Yours Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013 | 2:21 PM ET

    For all the talk you hear from Capitol Hill about running government more like a business, Congress has a retirement plan that would make any Fortune 500 executive blush.

  • How to Make the Most of Your Income Tax Refund Sunday, 10 Mar 2013 | 11:53 AM ET

    Despite Americans' reputation as reckless spenders, most do the responsible thing and use the windfall to build up savings or to pay down debt.

  • Your Company's Next Health Plan: Drop the Doughnut Friday, 8 Mar 2013 | 8:43 AM ET

    A new survey on corporate health benefits draws a picture of a world where companies go beyond building gyms and banning smoking, to rewarding employees for lowering their cholesterol and being monitored by a "primary nurse case manager."

  • Mortgage Apps Surged Last Week as Rates Fell: MBA Wednesday, 6 Mar 2013 | 7:37 AM ET

    Applications for home mortgages rebounded last week as interest rates tumbled, data from an industry group showed on Wednesday.

  • Distressed Home Sales Bolster Recovering Market Wednesday, 6 Mar 2013 | 6:35 AM ET

    U.S. home prices rose as more homeowners turned to distressed sales rather than foreclosure, in another sign the recovery in the housing market is gaining traction, data from CoreLogic showed on Tuesday.

  • Granada, Nicaragua

    Here's a contest that's offering a free "test drive" of retirement in a tropical destination for a month. Applicants "must be willing to relax." Think you got what it takes?

  • How the Student Loan Crisis Drags Down Home Prices Monday, 4 Mar 2013 | 6:40 AM ET

    Outstanding student debt is beginning to impede the economy as a whole, a new report suggests, chiefly by robbing the housing market of its richest crop of new buyers: young college graduates.

  • Calls for ending the mortgage interest deduction are circling through Washington. Proponents of the deduction say they're prepared to fight to the bitter end.

  • Housing Market May Not Be as Healthy as It Appears Wednesday, 27 Feb 2013 | 1:43 PM ET

    Despite evidence to the contrary, housing is "not going to gain momentum" this year, the NAHB's economist told CNBC.

  • Despite Drop in Rates, Mortgage Applications Sag Wednesday, 27 Feb 2013 | 7:08 AM ET

    Applications for U.S. home mortgages sagged for a third straight week last week, even as mortgage rates eased slightly, an industry group survey showed on Wednesday.

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