Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank have let foreclosed homes in black and Latino neighborhoods lapse into disrepair, while bank-owned homes in mainly white neighborhoods are better cared-for
Speculating in unknown or unsafe neighborhoods is a risky game
Many economists predict 2012 will be the year the economy turns around and permanently ends the Great Recession. But does the closing chapter of the Great Recession also signal an end to the housing slump?
November's encouraging jobs numbers bode well for the struggling housing market
National home prices declined by 3.9 percent during the third quarter, which was a larger decrease than expected but still less than the 5.8 percent drop posted in the second quarter
A perfect example of a sensible, widely praised idea that has nevertheless gone nowhere is Right-to-Rent
Mortgage defaults are rising again after nearly a year of trending downward, raising concerns about homeowners falling behind on their payments and undermining whatever nascent housing recovery may be under way
For the millions of homeowners with mortgages underwater there are no easy answers. Should they keep paying and hope the market improves? Try for a loan modification? Cut their losses and walk away? Personal finance expert Gerri Detweiler explains the pros and cons of several options for those with underwater homes
An encouraging jobs report and news of progress in the euro debt crisis have given markets a confidence boost
Before the credit crisis, some appraisals seemed to be mere formalities; that attitude helped fuel the boom days. Now, overly conservative appraisal standards -- many unfairly calculated, some observers argue -- may be holding back the housing recovery
It might seem counterintuitive, but increasing rental activity might be the medicine the ailing U.S. housing market needs to get back on its feet.
For those looking for a bright spot amid the barrage of depressing data recently, news that housing prices were up for the third month in a row might have buoyed morale a bit. However, the housing outlook might not be so rosy after all
Despite the favorable conditions for refinancing -- U.S. mortgage rates are near their lowest levels in more than 50 years -- many homeowners haven't been able to benefit from the downward march in mortgage rates because they either don't have enough equity in their homes or don't qualify under today's stringent lending rules
With more energy-conscious consumers and changing building codes in mind, an increasing number of builders are integrating more energy-efficient designs into new constructions.
Bank-owned house sales remained high during the second quarter of the year with homes in some stage of the foreclosure process, including short sales, rising to 31 percent of sales compared to 24 percent a year earlier
Sales of existing homes in May fell by 3.8 percent from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.81 million, according to a report by the National Association of Realtors
The United States doesn't need government-sponsored enterprises such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to sustain the housing market. At least that's what Anthony Sanders, professor of real estate finance at George Mason University, told the House Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises
More bad news for the housing market cropped up in data, indicating that home prices have double dipped, dropping to new post-Recession lows in March. The disappointing figures scale back incremental gains made in the wake of the 2010 home buyer's tax credit and reinforce the probability of a long, slow recovery for the housing market
Why aren't homebuyers buying? Maybe they've heard the recent spate of bad housing news. On the other hand, this may be the best time in several decades to buy a home
With home prices at historic lows and distressed properties selling at discounts of 35 percent or more in some parts of the country, scooping up bank-owned bargains has become increasingly lucrative for real estate investors. However, while the demand for foreclosures continues to grow, real estate investors face a host of challenges when it comes to closing the deal on distressed properties
More and more these days, seniors who have substantial equity in their homes, but who are nonetheless cash-poor, are turning to reverse mortgages to supplement their retirement savings. A reverse mortgage may provide a lump sum payment to the homeowner/borrower, or it may make periodic payments or set up a line of credit -- or a combination of the three
Reverse mortgages were created to help seniors stay in their homes by tapping the equity built up over the years. Now, a small but growing number of reverse mortgage borrowers find themselves at risk of losing their homes anyway. That's because the number of reverse mortgages in default is growing. So how can a reverse mortgage be in default?
If you're into bottom-fishing, now may be the time to start trolling for real estate. At least that's the advice of Michael Corbett, author of 'Before You Buy: The Homebuyer's Handbook for Today's Market'
Every year since I started writing this column in 1993, I've offered New Year's Resolutions for home buyers and sellers, plus New Year's financial resolutions that everyone can use to start their year off right.
Jobs and real estate continue to be tethered together. If salaries are frozen, or if more Americans' annual income doesn't keep pace with inflation, it might make them nervous about their future job and income prospects. And Realtors know that if you aren't confident about your future job and income prospects, it's unlikely you'll want to purchase a home
Demand for housing has plunged to historic lows now that Uncle Sam has removed a key stimulus program from the market, a development that threatens to torpedo a real estate rebound as well as a broader economic recovery.
Home sales took a nosedive last month, suggesting that prices may soon decline and underscoring concerns about the real estate market's capacity to recover.
Today's house hunter has no shortage of cheap, foreclosed homes to pick through. But despite all those deals in the previously-owned home market, consumers shouldn't overlook the potential benefits of buying a new home. Here's a list of 9 reasons to choose a new home over a resale
What has become painfully clear with the recently released existing-home sales data for July is that the government's real estate industry life support measures were truly keeping the housing industry afloat.
The tally of unsold homes on the market increased in June, a signal that real estate prices may face additional downward pressure in the coming months.
Although economists have grown increasingly concerned that the real estate market may slip into a double-dip economic recession, today's consumers are being handed a tempting incentive to buy property or refinance their home loans: ultra-low mortgage rates. Here's a look at the forces that have created the current mortgage-rate environment and the direction rates are headed
Builders broke ground on fewer new homes than expected last month, as weak buyer demand continues to hogtie a revival in the residential construction industry.
Distressed properties made up 3 in 10 homes sales in the first three months of the year, as the foreclosure onslaught continues to sandbag a real estate recovery
Americans signed far fewer contracts to buy homes than expected in May, the real estate market's first month of functioning without a key federal stimulus.
If you missed the home buyer tax credit 2010 deadlines, don't fret. In the long run, it may not matter. Financially speaking, you could be better off. Since the April 30 deadline, home buyer interest has plummeted. How bad is it? Sellers, states and even real estate companies are offering cash incentives to buyers in order to generate new interest
Home sales activity plummeted in May, as a key housing stimulus was removed from the market.
Home sales declined unexpectedly in May, even as federal stimulus efforts kept transaction levels artificially elevated.
Builders are breaking ground on fewer properties now that a key housing stimulus has been pulled from the market.
Home builders have grown less optimistic about the real estate market following the expiration of Uncle Sam's homebuyer tax credit.
Housing market predictions took a negative turn after some surprisingly lousy housing sales numbers were released. Suddenly, instead of talking about the housing recovery, housing analysts and economists are talking about prices that could fall dramatically over the next six to 12 months. What changed?
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