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Report: Lending Rules Could Have Cut Defaults in Half

Nearly half of all mortgage defaults from the housing bust might have been prevented by forthcoming consumer-protection regulations, but another 25% of loans that didn’t default might not have been made, according to an analysis by economists at Goldman Sachs.

Weak October Sales Have Home Builders Fretting About Spring

Weak sales tallies in October mean home builders face a winter full of worry.

Real-Estate News: U.K. Office Builders Turn to Flats

Here is a look at real-estate news from Wednesday's WSJ, including the Property Report.

Plots & Ploys: Strip Mall Blues

It was supposed to be the year of the retail turnaround. Instead, rents at neighborhood and community shopping centers in 2013 stayed flat and construction of new shopping centers was put on hold.

Napa Valley Hotel Sells for Top 2013 Price

The Calistoga Ranch, a small luxury hotel in California wine country, has fetched the highest price per room of any hotel sold in 2013, according to the broker of the sale.

Ricky Martin Lists in Manhattan for $8.3 Million

Pop star Ricky Martin has put his downtown New York apartment on the market, according to people familiar with the listing.

Why California Homeowners Could Avoid a Tax Hit

Troubled homeowners who get a break from their mortgage lenders could face a hefty tax bill next year if a key provision expires at the end of the year, though state laws could determine which borrowers will have to write a check to Uncle Sam.

Vote for the House of the Week

Vote for the House of the Week. The winner will be revealed on Monday.

In Wake of Big Deals, Another Residential Portfolio Hits the Block

Billionaire David Murdock has put his conglomerate Castle & Cooke Inc.’s 20,000-lot portfolio of residential land on the market to gauge the interest it attracts.

Real-Estate News: Storage Primps for Uptown Approval

Here is a look at real-estate news from Wednesday's WSJ, including the Property Report:

Plots & Ploys: Sale of the Century

Some of the biggest names in U.S. real estate are circling Los Angeles for what could be the highest-priced sale of a U.S. office property since before the recession.

D.R. Horton: If Spring Sales Lag, Big Discounts on Tap

If you’re in the market for a newly built home and you gamble on waiting until early next year, you might benefit from aggressive discounts offered by the biggest home builders.

Three Factors That Could Shape the Fate of Housing Overhaul

Most political and industry analysts agree that there aren’t great odds that Congress will pass a bill addressing the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac before 2014, let alone 2016. But several developments unfolding right now could make the next five or six months among the more consequential periods for housing-finance policy.

NAR Sees Home Prices Rising in 2014, Rates Jumping to 5.4%

As chief economist of the National Association of Realtors, the housing industry’s biggest cheerleader, Lawrence Yun often has an optimistic outlook. On Friday, he embraced a bit of caution.

Former Dodgers CEO Pays $11.25 Million for Napa Vineyard Estate

Jack Journey Jamie McCourt, an investor and former CEO and co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, has purchased this vineyard estate in Napa County, Calif. Jamie McCourt, an investor and former CEO and co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers,...Show More Summary

DeMarco: People Are Forgetting Why Fannie, Freddie Failed

Edward DeMarco, the acting director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, says that until Congress decides on the future of the housing-finance market, he will continue to press ahead with reorganizing and “winding up the affairs” of the companies.

Mortgage Delinquencies Hit Five-Year Low

The share of homeowners behind on mortgage payments or facing foreclosure fell to a five-year low in the third quarter, according to a survey released Thursday.

LGI Homes IPO Mediocre on Day One

The debut of LGI Homes Inc., a builder of entry-level homes, on the public market Thursday so far has gone much like those of other home builders this year: lackluster.

Manhattan Townhouse Sells for $26 Million to Prominent Chinese Buyer

A restored 19th century townhouse in New York has sold for $26 million to Zhang Xin, CEO of Beijing-based development company SOHO China.

Home Prices Rise in Most U.S. Metro Areas

Median home prices rose in most U.S. metropolitan areas in the third quarter, and several breakout markets had double digit increases.

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