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Blog Post Archive

Housing-Starts Forecast for 2014: Past Is not Prologue

The U.S. Census Bureau announced Friday that housing construction starts totaled an estimated 923,400 units for 2013. That’s less than many analysts’ initial forecasts for the year.

Why Credit Scores Dropped on New Mortgages in 2013

A new report provides some evidence that it may have become a little easier for some Americans to get a mortgage as the housing market improves and lenders grapple with a pullback in refinancing amid higher mortgage rates.

West Coast Condo Prices Continue Upward

West Coast condominium prices continue to rocket upward in December, with sale prices in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle all rising at a double digit clip.

Small Lenders Wary as Mortgage-Lending Rules Take Effect

Small lenders, already struggling with weak economic conditions and rising interest rates, say new mortgage-lending rules could further crimp their ability to make loans

Republican Lawmakers Back Mortgage-Fee Increases

Three Republican lawmakers on Wednesday defended mortgage-fee increases announced by the Federal Housing Finance Agency last month that were later suspended by the agency’s new director.

Plots & Ploys: Bulldozing Buffett

Part of famed investor Warren Buffett’s legacy is set to be bulldozed this week.

Mel Watt Has Signaled a Major Housing-Policy Shift

Rep. Mel Watt won’t be sworn in as the director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency until Monday, but he has already sent a clear signal of the coming shift in direction from his predecessor.

Two Homes in Orange County Sell for Over $20 Million Each

It’s been a big year for real estate in California’s affluent Orange County, which has experienced two major home sales in recent months.

House of the Day: Year in Review 2013

A look back at some of the most interesting amenities and homes profiled in the House of the Day feature in 2013.

Statement From Rep. Watt on Delaying Fannie, Freddie Fee Hike

Rep. Mel Watt (D., N.C.), the incoming director of the regulatory agency that oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, announced late Friday that he would delay an increase in mortgage fees charged by the housing-finance giants.

5 Reasons Why Existing-Home Sales Slowed in November

Sales of previously owned homes fell 1.2% in November compared to one year ago, the first year-over-year drop in nearly 2½ years, the National Association of Realtors said on Thursday. Here are five reasons why sales have slowed:

Amy Robach and Andrew Shue Land Rental in Lower Manhattan

ABC News correspondent Amy Robach and her husband Andrew Shue are moving into a new apartment in lower Manhattan, according to sources familiar with the deal.

Lennar Posts Fourth-Quarter Gains, Flags Recent Sales Slowdown

Lennar Corp. on Wednesday provided hope that the strongest home builders still can scratch out gains in an otherwise lackluster market, but it’s likely too early to declare that the new-home market’s recovery has emerged from its prolonged pause.

Plots & Ploys: a Tale of Two Cities

London is on top. The city’s West End had the most expensive office space in the world in the third quarter of 2013, according to a report released Wednesday.

Michael Biondi’s Greenwich Mansion Sells for $25 Million

The Greenwich, Conn. estate of the late investment banker Michael Biondi has sold for $25 million, according to the agents involved in the deal.

Why Mortgage Costs Could Rise in 2014

Mortgage costs for borrowers without big down payments and with less-than-perfect credit scores are set to rise next spring.

Hamptons Seller Tries a New Pitch: Buy My House in Bitcoin

The seller in Southampton, N.Y., is asking $799,000 for his ranch-style home—or its equivalent value in bitcoin.

Where FHA Loan Limits Will Fall the Most

FHA loan limits will fall in around 650 counties in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The limits are pegged to local home prices, but several changes in how those limits are calculated explain some of the big drops.

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