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Banks Thrifts and Mortgage Finance

  • Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke.

    The former Fed chair being turned down for a home refinancing loan should serve as a call-to-action, HomeServices CEO Ronald Peltier tells CNBC.

  • New homes for sale by Lennar home builders.

    Generational forces and still-tight mortgage lending standards are holding back housing from a more robust recovery, Lennar CEO Stuart Miller tells CNBC.

  • Richard Kovacevich in 2007.

    There's a risk of the U.S. becoming a nation of renters because of constraints on lenders, former Wells Fargo chief Richard Kovacevich says.

  • Robert Shiller

    With recent signs that housing may be slowing down a bit, Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Shiller told CNBC on Tuesday that he'd still describe the recovery as strong.

  • House for sale existing home sales

    Many first-time homebuyers are being left on the sidelines, watching all that cheap money inch higher because, among other reasons, lending requirements remain tight.

  • Even with the Internet, real estate agents are still a "very integral" part of buying and selling homes, Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff told CNBC's "Squawk Box."

  • House for sale existing home sales

    While the housing recovery has been suffering from a winter cold, Realogy CEO Richard Smith says all that could change this spring.

  • U.S. baby boomers, desperate for retirement income, are increasingly turning back to reverse mortgages, but big banks stay away.

  • Construction material costs have been rising so fast it's hard to keep pace, Mohawk CEO Jeffrey Lorberbaum tells CNBC.

  • London is at risk of a housing bubble but the rest of the U.K. looks set to escape wild gyrations in the property market, a report argues.

  • Robert Shiller

    The U.S. housing market could be in the early stages of yet another bubble, warned Robert Shiller, co-founder of the Case-Shiller index.

  • Federal and state officials ordered Ocwen Financial to refund $2 billion to borrowers to resolve allegations of misconduct in mortgage servicing.

  • Young people shunning the suburbs in favor of city life are leading the charge in the "reurbanization of America," real estate mogul Sam Zell says.

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    Homebuying has remained "pretty strong" despite higher mortgage rates, but refinancing has dropped "quite a bit," Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan told CNBC.

  • Since S&P eased its standards last year, its market share has risen to 69 percent from the 18 percent it had in the first years after 2008's crisis.

  • No matter what decision the Fed makes on tapering, it "can't change housing demographics," Toll Brothers CEO Douglas Yearley says.

  • Former Goldman Sachs bond trader Fabrice Tourre arrives at Manhattan federal court with his lawyers in the civil fraud case against him, in New York, August 1, 2013.

    The former Goldman Sachs bond trader known as "Fabulous Fab" was found liable on six of seven counts of defrauding investors in a mortgage securities fraud case brought by the SEC.

  • An immigration activist holds up a sign outside the Capitol during a rally.

    Current U.S. residents, newly legalized, under the immigration bill being debated in Congress, would generate $500 billion in real estate transactions and $25 billion in mortgage income, says a Hispanic realty group.

  • HSBC

    New York state plans to sue HSBC for allegedly ignoring a law designed to protect homeowners from being thrown into foreclosure without chance to renegotiate their mortgages.

  • Mortgage rates have jumped to their highest in a year, and house values are rising. Those who have waited to buy or refinance may find the time is right.