Investor's Guide to Real Estate

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    High foreclosure and unemployment rates are keeping ordinary—what realtors call conventional—homes on the market longer, and with a wealth of cheap properties and a shortage of buyers, homeowners across the country are slashing the asking price for their house.

  • New home construction

    Continued signs of stabilization in the market, from a reversal of falling home price to a tightening in credit spreads, have analysts optimistic about the builders' future. No wonder the sector is hot.

  • Home For Sale or For Rent

    Real estate experts around the country have seen increased interest in rent-to-own options—an agreement that a perspective buyer will rent a home first and then decide if he wants to buy it down the line.

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    The growing inventory of distressed homes on the market may be sending shock waves through the economy, but it’s also giving investors a wider window of opportunity. Here's some dos and don'ts.

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    After several months of gains in home sales, as well as price stabilization in some markets, the question is: Can this housing recovery be sustained? Nevertheless, there are unprecedented opportunities in today’s market, and all it takes are the right tools and information to find them.

  • Chicago Real Estate

    Indeed, some areas fell victim to the same woes that dragged down large markets in New York, Florida, and California, while others are currently experiencing boom-era price increases

  • In a buyer's market like the current one, many homeowners can't even sell their house, never mind get top dollar. Whether it's a draw of cheap, foreclosure properties or just a glut of conventional ones, buyers have more choice than ever. Many put their house on the market and see it languish with barely an offer--and that's after one or several cuts in the asking price. So, if you really want to sell, get real and busy. Here's some tips.

    In a buyer's market like the current one, many homeowners can't even sell their house. Here's some tips compiled from various realtors and real estate experts.

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    A new survey from real estate website Trulia.com finds that 25.6 percent of homes currently on the market in the United States, as of October 1, 2009, have experienced at least one price cut.  That's for the fourth straight month.

  • America's real estate market has had a rough ride over the past two years, with home valuations dropping and foreclosure rates on the rise, but how big can these drops really be?Recently, Trulia.com released their "October Price Reduction Report," which highlights some of their high-end listings that have dropped significantly in price, in excess of $1 million. The report also found that 25.6% of all homes on the market as of Oct 1 have experienced at least one price cut, with the total amount o

    America's real estate market has had a rough ride over the past two years, with home valuations dropping and foreclosure rates on the rise, but how big can these drops really be? Find out!

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    What does $1 million buy you in today's real estate market?  In many parts of the country, than can certainly go a long way. In other areas, however, even with the unprecedented drop in home prices over the the past three years, a seven-figure price tag doesn't necessarily get you an ultra-luxurious apartment or big house in the suburbs.

  • How much can $1 million buy you in today’s real estate market? The answer, of course, varies greatly depending on where you’re looking to buy. With the real estate market being so tumultuous over the past several years, the question of 'when' you're looking to buy is almost as important.CNBC has canvassed 19 real estate markets around the country, from New York City and Los Angeles to Omaha and Anchorage to get a picture of how diverse local real estate markets across the country really are, and

    CNBC surveyed 19 markets from New York City and Los Angeles to Omaha, Nebraska and Anchorage, Alaska, to illustrate the great differences in purchasing power then and now.

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    If life's a beach, why not live next to one in one of these homes.

  • Each year,  assembles its ranking of the most expensive places to live. Mercer compiles information from 143 cities worldwide, comparing the cost of more than 200 items in each location including housing, transportation, food, entertainment and more.This year’s rankings saw a significant reshuffling from 2008, due largely in part to currency fluctuations and the strengthening of the US dollar, which Mercer uses as the benchmark for comparing costs. This year’s Cost of Living Survey found that Eu

    Each year, Mercer Consulting assembles its ranking of the most expensive places to live. This year’s rankings saw a significant reshuffling from 2008.

  • Each year, Mercer Consulting assembles its ranking of 215 cities worldwide, based on a quality of living point-scoring index that uses New York City as a base comparison.The rankings take into consideration 10 key categories and 39 separate criteria, ranging from the political environment and health considerations to recreation and consumer goods; statistics which are collected via Mercer’s Worldwide Quality of Living Survey. Because quality of living can be rather subjective, Mercer has defined

    Each year, Mercer Consulting assembles its ranking of 215 cities worldwide. So, where are the world’s best cities to live? Click to find out!

  • Whether they’re fleeing tight job markets, taking advantage of cheaper home prices or just looking for a change of pace, nearly 34 million people moved in 2007, according to the U.S. Census. But where are they going? , a Web site that helps consumers relocate, crunched numbers from 500,000 searches conducted on the site in 2008. These ten cities drew the most interest. Click on to find out the cities and what their housing and job markets look like. Sources: City rankings from Relocation.com. Ex

    Relocation.com, a Web site that helps consumers relocate, crunched numbers from 500,000 searches conducted on the site in 2008. These 10 cities drew the most interest.

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