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Blog Post Archive

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.

Buyers Face Low Inventory Despite High Vacancy Rates

Homes for sale may be hard to find, but the rate of vacant homes is about as high now as it was a year ago, according to a post from Trulia, a real-estate listings site.

Real-Estate News: Canadian Investor Bets on a Montreal Revival

The owners combined two penthouse units in Denver to create a posh full-floor apartment with urban flair.

Why Fannie and Freddie Are Paying Back Uncle Sam

A few years ago, the conventional wisdom in Washington said that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac wouldn’t ever be able make taxpayers whole for the 2008 bailouts of the mortgage-finance giants. Those who haven’t followed the companies closely will be surprised to learn that Fannie and Freddie are on the brink of doing just that.

Report: Homes Looking Overvalued in Coastal California

Home prices appear to be overvalued in parts of coastal California and could soon eclipse their bubble-era peaks given recent rates of price inflation, according to a report released Wednesday by Fitch Ratings.

Confirmed: Homes in Malibu Are Very Expensive

The nation’s most expensive real-estate market in 2013 was Malibu, Calif., with an average listing of $2.15 million, according to a Coldwell Banker ranking of the nation’s priciest markets.

Initial Renderings Reveal Design for Condo Tower on ‘Billionaires’ Row’

For years, luxury builder Extell Development Co. has been planning a soaring tower on 57th Street and Broadway in Manhattan. Now we get to see what it looks like.

Home Builders Have Marginal Concern for 2014

As if there isn’t enough to fret about in the new-home market, home builders have provided investors with another concern: the potential for declining profit margins.

The Amenities Trending Up (and Down) in Luxury Homes

Views, windows and outdoor spaces are some of the most in-vogue amenities in luxury homes, according to an analysis of listing descriptions by real-estate website Trulia.

Brixmor Upsized IPO to Meet Demand

Brixmor Property Group Inc., a shopping-center REIT, priced 41.25 million shares in its initial public offering at $20, raising about $825 million for owners Blackstone Group LP and marking the biggest IPO of a shopping-center company in a generation.

Real-Estate News: Land Prices Hit the Brakes

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

Rep. Frank: Revamped Mortgage Rules a ‘Grave Error”

An architect of the 2010 Dodd-Frank law is accusing federal regulators of watering down new mortgage rules in the face of opposition from the housing industry.

Consumer Bureau Sues Kentucky Real Estate Law Firm

A small Kentucky real estate law firm has found itself the latest target in renewed federal scrutiny of referrals in the housing industry.

Report: Housing Inventory Fell in September

The number of homes listed for sale dropped slightly in September but a growing number of housing markets are witnessing higher levels of for-sale inventory compared with one year ago.

Private Island Off the Coast of Cape Cod Hits the Market

A 10-acre private island off the coast of Cape Cod has hit the market for $8.695 million.

Rate Buydowns a Downer for Home Builders

Home builders are scaling back payment offers to reduce the interest rate on buyers’ mortgages after new-home shoppers say they would rather have other incentives.

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