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  • U.S. pending home sales almost flat in December Thursday, 28 Jan 2016 | 10:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Jan 28- Contracts to buy previously owned U.S. homes barely rose in December, an indication that the housing market remains mixed going into the first quarter of 2016.. The National Association of Realtors said on Thursday its pending home sales index inched up 0.1 percent to 106.8. Economists polled by Reuters had expected a 0.8 percent increase in...

  • *Existing home sales increase 14.7 percent in December. WASHINGTON, Jan 22- U.S. home resales rebounded strongly in December from a 19- month low and prices surged, indicating the housing market recovery remained intact despite signs of a sharp deceleration in economic growth in recent months. The National Association of Realtors said on Friday existing home...

  • U.S. existing home sales surge a record 14.7 percent Friday, 22 Jan 2016 | 10:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Jan 22- U.S. home resales rebounded strongly in December from a 19- month low and prices surged, indicating the housing market recovery remained intact despite signs of a sharp moderation in economic growth in recent months. The National Association of Realtors said on Friday existing home sales jumped a record 14.7 percent to an annual rate of 5.46...

  • *Australia considers tighter anti-money laundering rules. SYDNEY, Jan 22- Australia is considering tightening its anti-money laundering regulations to include real estate agents and precious stone dealers, sources said, following red flags from a global watchdog over potential illicit cash entering the country. Property has long been on Chinese buyers'...

  • *Builders' profit margins squeezed by rising land prices. HONG KONG, Jan 21- Chinese real estate developers plan to acquire more land outside the primary market- purchasing from other companies and through redevelopment- as escalating land costs crimp profit margins. China's property market bottomed late last year with prices recovering in the biggest cities...

  • U.S. pending home sales fall in November Wednesday, 30 Dec 2015 | 10:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Dec 30- Contracts to buy previously owned U.S. homes fell in November for the third time in four months, a signal that growth in the U.S. housing market could be cooling. The National Association of Realtors said on Wednesday its pending home sales index slipped 0.9 percent to 106.9. Mortgage rates have only inched higher since the Federal Reserve...

  • U.S. existing home sales plunge; new rules seen as drag Tuesday, 22 Dec 2015 | 10:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Dec 22- U.S. home resales posted their sharpest drop in five years in November, a potential warning sign for the health of the U.S. economy although new regulations on paperwork for home purchases may have driven the decline. The National Association of Realtors said on Tuesday existing home sales plunged 10.5 percent to an annual rate of 4.76 million...

  • TORONTO, Dec 11- Canada's move to tighten mortgage rules and raise some fees on lenders will likely make it more expensive for consumers to borrow, but could boost one of the most vulnerable segments of the market- Toronto's big supply of condominiums. Realtors, mortgage brokers and economists said the move to raise the minimum down payment on expensive...

  • Pervez, a real estate agent and married father of two who owns and lives in a two-bedroom apartment at Trump Place overlooking the Hudson River, said the billionaire developer's comments were repulsive, echoing the most common sentiment shared by more than a dozen New Yorkers interviewed outside their homes in Manhattan properties with the Trump moniker.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 9- Record numbers of U.S. renter households are spending more than 30 percent of their income, and in many cases more than half their income, on housing costs, according to a study published on Wednesday. In its biennial report on rental housing, the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies said both lower and moderate income households were...

  • Beachfront houses on the Gold Coast, Australia.

    Australia is attempting to let the air out of housing without deflating a vital source of economic growth or stressing indebted households.

  • YOUR MONEY-First jobs of 'Million Dollar' sales gurus Wednesday, 2 Dec 2015 | 12:59 PM ET

    Historical legends range from Dale Carnegie to cosmetics queen Mary Kay Ash. Each of the reality TV realtors sells hundreds of millions of dollars in New York and Los Angeles properties every year. Around age 12, they just send you out into the workforce, and I was assigned to a famous restaurant in Stockholm called PA& Co..

  • Consumers warned of 'pirates' who steal packages Wednesday, 2 Dec 2015 | 12:48 PM ET
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    After this year's Cyber Monday, consumer groups warn that there will be a greater opportunity for thieves to swipe packages.

  • Aussie cricket star launches India property business Sunday, 29 Nov 2015 | 5:36 PM ET
    Former Australian cricket captain Steve Waugh visits the Steve Waugh Foundation's Flagship project at Udayan to new extension to girls Building on August 6, 2013 in Kolkata, India. Udayan, is a rehabilitation home for children suffering from leprosy in colonies near Barrackpore.

    There is little cheer for property investors in India but one person has gone against the tide. Just who it is may be a surprise.

  • What happens when a property market is just too hot? Sunday, 29 Nov 2015 | 5:33 PM ET
    A view of the seaside mansion which was used as the U.S. consulate from 1957, and later renamed Lincoln House, is seen in Mumbai, India, September 14, 2015. Vaccine billionaire Cyrus Poonawalla has bought the former maharaja's mansion in Mumbai from the U.S. government for around 7.5 billion rupees ($113 million), newspapers reported, making it the most expensive ever residential purchase in the country.

    Apart from rare stratospheric deals, Mumbai's property market is ailing, as it pays the price of having too big a boom.

  • Why London property isn’t in a bubble Tuesday, 24 Nov 2015 | 3:13 AM ET

    Surges in London property prices have spurred calls the city is a bubble waiting to pop, but investors are still positive on the market.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 23- U.S. home resales fell more than expected in October, with large declines in regions which have experienced the biggest price gains, but the underlying trend suggested housing remained on firmer footing. The National Association of Realtors said on Monday existing home sales declined 3.4 percent to an annual rate of 5.36 million units.

  • Asians and Russians who actively bought property in London's wealthiest areas have deserted the market, the Financial Times reports.

  • Two of China's biggest real estate firms are seeking approval to raise about $7.37B in Shanghai listings as IPOs revive after a stock slump.

  • California's small businesses brace for El Niño Wednesday, 11 Nov 2015 | 12:21 PM ET
    Hull Brothers Roofing & Waterproofing resurface roofs at the Marina del Rey seaside community of Los Angeles, Aug. 25, 2015.

    Residents are scrambling to locate a roof expert, gutter cleaner or tree trimmer to prepare for wet weather. NBCNews reports.