Real Estate Realty Check


  • Why shut down Fannie and Freddie now? Monday, 9 Sep 2013 | 10:24 AM ET

    The two are making a profit that goes straight to Treasury. Against this backstop, lawmakers are setting the stage for an epic debate on the future of U.S. housing finance.

  • Jobs report tempers mortgage rates Friday, 6 Sep 2013 | 11:16 AM ET

    The negative revisions to the jobs numbers leaves enough doubt about that for interest rates to catch their breath just a bit.

  • Home prices push past rising rates, says report Tuesday, 3 Sep 2013 | 9:28 AM ET

    Home prices are trending higher in part due to fewer distressed properties for sale, as rates climb on expectations the Fed will taper investments in mortgage-backed securities.

  • Home values rise, but millions still drown in debt Thursday, 29 Aug 2013 | 12:01 AM ET
    Construction workers build a new home in Miami, Florida.

    More than three million U.S. borrowers have risen above water on their mortgages so far this year, thanks to swift home price appreciation.

  • Want a house? See what $1 million gets you Friday, 6 Sep 2013 | 4:48 PM ET

    Along with college, the cost of housing is rising fast. Home prices are up over 12 percent from a year ago, and even rising mortgage rates do not appear to be slowing the gains.

  • Home sales suffer on higher rates: Realtors Wednesday, 28 Aug 2013 | 10:00 AM ET

    Signed contracts to buy existing homes faltered in July, as home buyers faced significantly higher interest rates along with rising home prices.

  • As investors shift, housing is the new stock market Tuesday, 27 Aug 2013 | 9:04 AM ET

    Housing has transformed from a form of shelter to one of the most tradable assets thanks to an inflow of institutional investors.

  • Overdevelopment widens Florida sinkhole problem Thursday, 15 Aug 2013 | 12:56 PM ET
    A building sits partially collapsed over a sinkhole at Summer Bay Resort near Disney World on August 12, 2013 in Clermont, Florida.

    The problem may be as old as the earth itself, but the increase in activity is new. The rush to reason why has put scientists, engineers and real estate developers at odds.

  • Home builders: Best in years and getting better Thursday, 15 Aug 2013 | 10:00 AM ET

    A lean supply of homes for sale is boosting confidence among U.S. home builders, according to a monthly sentiment survey from the National Association of Home Builders.

  • Mortgage rates same for loans big and small Wednesday, 14 Aug 2013 | 1:57 PM ET

    In an unusual twist in the mortgage market, the difference between the cost of a conforming loan (generally $417,000 and under) and a jumbo loan has shrunk to nearly nothing.

  • Private mortgage insurers back in black post-crash Monday, 12 Aug 2013 | 1:26 PM ET

    Leveled by the housing crash, the private mortgage insurance industry is reaching profitability for the first time in six years.

  • Mortgage rate spike finally hits housing market Friday, 9 Aug 2013 | 11:26 AM ET

    The delay can be attributed to most potential homebuyers lock in mortgage rates early, and sale closings can take up to two months to be finalized.

  • He's not buying a house—why is Obama on Zillow? Wednesday, 7 Aug 2013 | 3:59 PM ET
    President Barack Obama and Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan (L) tour Erickson Construction on August 6, 2013 in Chandler, Arizona.

    His housing situation is pretty sweet, yet President Obama took the unprecedented presidential move of going on Zillow. Here's why.

  • Obama to push for reform of mortgage giants Monday, 5 Aug 2013 | 8:00 PM ET
    The president boards Air Force One on his way to Phoenix and Los Angeles.

    President Barack Obama will use Phoenix as a backdrop to tout his administration's accomplishments in the housing recovery and to admit that more work needs to be done.

  • Higher mortgage rates may mean easier credit Monday, 5 Aug 2013 | 12:42 PM ET

    As mortgage rates rise and refinancings fall dramatically, banks are in search of new business. That, in turn, has them easing lending standards for some borrowers.

  • Mortgage delinquencies take a sharp turn up Thursday, 25 Jul 2013 | 12:43 PM ET
    Foreclosure bank owned house

    After five straight months of improvement, noncurrent loans rose dramatically in June, according to a new report from Lender Processing Services.

  • Home builders boost prices amid rising rates Wednesday, 24 Jul 2013 | 12:31 PM ET

    Despite a major jump in mortgage interest rates in June, the nation's builders continued to pass on their own cost increases to buyers.

  • Investors are moving out of housing. Here's why Monday, 22 Jul 2013 | 12:41 PM ET

    Investors swarmed the distressed housing market, buying thousands of foreclosed properties and pushing prices higher faster than anyone expected. Now they're now pulling back.

  • Why the value of your home may go up Friday, 19 Jul 2013 | 12:36 PM ET

    A bipartisan bill in the U.S. Senate, called the SAVE Act (Sensible Accounting to Value Energy), could help borrowers buying an energy-efficient home get a larger mortgage.

  • The fastest way to triple your money is...housing? Thursday, 18 Jul 2013 | 12:52 PM ET

    Home prices bouncing off the bottom have created a prefect storm for buying and selling the same home in many parts of the country, according to a report by RealtyTrac.


  • Diana Olick

    Diana Olick serves as CNBC's real estate correspondent as well as the editor of the Realty Check section on

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