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  • Yes, Housing Starts Surge, but Rentals Are the Drivers Tuesday, 20 Nov 2012 | 11:22 AM ET

    The headline number for housing starts was big, exceeding expectations and sending the home builder stocks on yet another tear.

  • Lee Coursey Home Construction

    Sales of existing homes are recovering slowly, but a drop in supplies of those homes is pushing confidence among the new home builders to a six year high.

  • To Stem Losses, FHA Mortgages Get More Expensive Friday, 16 Nov 2012 | 12:53 PM ET

    The federal agency that some credit with saving the housing market during the worst of the recent crash, may now be in need of taxpayer help itself.

  • The average American is no longer financially distressed, according to one study. Now families are waiting for the national economy to do its part.

  • FHA May Show Negative Reserves For Mortgage Losses Thursday, 15 Nov 2012 | 2:38 PM ET

    The Federal Housing Administration (FHA), in a report due out Friday, could disclose that its reserves for future mortgage-insurance claims dipped into negative territory for the first time in almost a quarter of a century.

  • Bank of America Slashes $4.75 Billion Off Mortgages Wednesday, 14 Nov 2012 | 2:22 PM ET

    Officials at Bank of America said they are half way to fulfilling their mandate of providing $7.6 billion worth of consumer relief.

  • The mortgage interest deduction is now at risk, due to negotiations over the so-called “fiscal cliff”.

  • Builders Warn on Housing Tuesday, 13 Nov 2012 | 2:26 PM ET

    The homebuilders are rising from the ashes, after overbuilding and a credit crash sent sales and construction to levels not seen economists began counting all those numbers; they are rising, but not necessarily thriving.

  • 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.

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