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When Christopher Simmons began shopping for a home in Denver six months ago, he had no idea the risk and the frustration it would take to get one. The 27-year-old had good credit and cash to put down, but that was not enough in this red-hot market. “One of the hardest parts is that I …

In-home water recycling system

Diana Olick shows us the first in-home water recycling system that could save two-thirds of the water in a home.

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A contractor works on a townhouse under construction at the Pulte Homes Inc. Pepper Lane development in San Jose, California.

In the heart of the spring housing market, home builders are less optimistic. Builder confidence slipped two points in May on a monthly survey from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). It now stands at 54. Fifty is the line between positive and negative sentiment. Read More Housing by the numbers: Something is weird “Consumers …

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'For Sale' sign is displayed outside of a house in Oradell, New Jersey.

Homes are selling at a faster clip this spring, but something still isn’t quite right in housing. Thanks to the epic real estate crash of the last decade, market watchers and reporters now have a whole cottage industry of data providers to track every move in home sales and mortgage financing. But looking at all …

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When Ben Miller decided to use crowdfunding as a means to rehabilitate a beaten-down building in one of Washington, D.C.’s transitional neighborhoods, he didn’t really know crowdfunding was a thing, That’s because it wasn’t, at least not in real estate, yet. But Miller and his brother Dan were raised in both a real estate family …

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House flippers outside a courthouse in a hunt for deals in Phoenix (file photo).

House flipping may not be as popular as it was just a year ago, but for those willing to risk it, there are now record rewards. Four percent of home sales in the first quarter of this year were flips, according to RealtyTrac, which defines a flip as a home that is bought and sold …

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File photo: A house for rent sign in Centreville, Virginia.

For the majority of American homeowners, their house is their single largest asset. Despite the crash in home values in the last decade, that still holds true. That crash, however, created a much larger share of renters, and these Americans are not enjoying the new wealth that now-rising home prices afford. Ninety percent of metropolitan …

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They were the stocks to buy in a low interest rate environment, their enticingly high dividends exactly what yield-hungry investors were hunting for. Now the stocks of real estate investment trusts (REITs) are taking a dive on fears of higher interest rates. The S&P REIT index is down close to 8 percent in the last …

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The Canadian city of Toronto was the hottest luxury real estate market in 2014, bucking a slowing trend in the world’s top property hubs, according to a new report from Christie’s International Real Estate. In 2014, year-on-year luxury real estate sales slowed in the nine of the world’s top 10 property markets, which top-end international …

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The yard around a foreclosed home is maintained by a bank-hired worker in Miami.

The number of borrowers who owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth fell to the lowest level in eight years, but those who are still “underwater” are drowning faster than ever in foreclosure. By March, 1.6 million borrowers had crossed back into a positive equity position on their home loans compared to …

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The housing market is still in the early spring of recovery, but if you’re a buyer, you know it’s already hot out there. Very tight supply in markets across the nation is leading to bidding wars. Half the homes sold by real estate brokerage Redfin in the past three months had multiple offers. One-third of …

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Bank of America branch in New York.

U.S. consumers are finding it easier to get a mortgage, after years of near frozen credit following the financial crisis. This, in turn, is giving way to more creative loan products, as well as more unusual ways of using existing loan products. The heat behind the credit thaw is simple clarification. After the crash of …

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RE/MAX Holdings Inc. signage is displayed outside of an open house in Redondo Beach, Calif.

Home prices are rising, and homeownership is falling. How can that be? If prices are rising, it must be because there is increasing demand for homes, but if there is increasing demand, then why are there fewer homeowners? It has to do with this: math. The homeownership rate in the first quarter of this year …

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A home improvement contractor works on a house in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Your home may be your castle, but that doesn’t mean the turrets can’t be enlarged, the drawbridge painted a more inviting shade, or the moat redirected to improve curb appeal. A slew of new home renovation websites are counting on just that, causing the space to become increasingly competitive, as the already $300 billion remodeling …

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A closely watched index of U.S. housing prices showed increases picked up steam in 20 U.S. cities in February. The S&P/Case-Shiller’s 20-City Composite gained 5 percent year-over-year in February, compared with a 4.5 percent increase in January. Denver led the gains with a 10-percent increase in home prices in the last 12 months, marking the …