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Autumn is historically the start of the slow season for home sales, but after a sluggish spring and summer, wrought with still-tight supply and higher costs, the stage may be set for a small rebound in U.S. housing this fall, at least according to a new report from Redfin, a real estate brokerage. More sellers …

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U.S. home buyers signed more contracts to buy existing homes in July, rebounding from a drop in June. The National Association of Realtors’ monthly “pending home sales” index rose 3.3 percent in July over June but is still 2.1 percent below its level in July 2013. “Interest rates are lower than they were a year ago, …

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Florida condominium owners in danger of losing their homes are making a final desperate plea, hoping that Gov. Rick Scott will intervene. These owners are not in foreclosure, nor are they behind on their mortgages. Instead they are being threatened by a group of developers, Madison Oaks Partners, who are using a Florida state law …

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Much like in Phoenix, the Atlanta housing market was hit hard by the foreclosure crisis. And like Phoenix, it saw huge interest from investors looking to buy distressed properties and turn them around as rentals. Home sales in July were 2.5 percent lower than June, and 4.9 percent lower than July 2013, according to the Atlanta Board …

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It is dirty, financially risky and potentially dangerous work, but depending on the current direction of the housing market, it can be highly profitable. But home “flipping,” defined as buying and selling a home within a short period of time for the sole purpose of making money, is now on the slide. Home prices rose …

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While much of the nation still struggles to find homes for sale, Minneapolis is finally showing signs that sellers are back in the game. Inventory in the market was up 6.1 percent in May, according to the latest reading from the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors. The only hitch: Buyer demand is slightly weaker than …

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More trouble in the Ukraine led to more applications for U.S. mortgage refinances last week; it is all about interest rates. As investors poured into the bond market and interest rates fell, mortgage rates followed suit. Total mortgage application volume increased 1.4 percent on-week last week, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). …

Home Depot’s profit surges

Another beneficiary of the housing recovery is Home Depot. As more Americans fixed up their homes and yards this spring, second quarter profits surged 14 percent.

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Construction workers at the Norton Commons subdivision in Louisville, Kentucky, May 13, 2014.

Builders amped up the volume in July for single-family homes and multifamily apartments, but the real strength is clearly still in the rental market. Developers see surging demand on the rental side, as an improving economy allows more young workers to move out of their parents’ basements and into apartments. “People have been downplaying the …

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After leaping decisively into positive territory in July, home builder sentiment pulled another surprise in August. A monthly index from the National Association of Home Builders measuring confidence among single-family home builders rose 2 points to 55; analysts had expected the index to hold unchanged at its July level, after steep drops in new home …

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If your home sits by the ocean, atop a fire-prone canyon or even in a not-so-nice neighborhood, you probably know you’re paying more for homeowners insurance, but something even closer to home may be driving your monthly payments higher: your personal credit score. Lower credit scores are widely known to impact mortgage availability and rates, …

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For Sale' signs stand in front of a house in Seattle, Washington, July 20, 2014.

More listings but fewer sales are adding up to weaker home price gains this summer. It was bound to happen after prices soared in 2013, well past the rate of employment or wage growth. Existing home sales, including those for single family houses and condominiums, fell 4.5 percent in the second quarter of this year …

REITs Outperforming the Market

Big changes are coming to your FICO score, and that could mean good news for millions of Americans. Mary Thompson reports on the changes and what they mean for you and Gerri Detweiler, Credit.com Director of Consumer Education, discusses how to find your latest credit score.

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As interest rates hover near recent lows, and investors search for anything with yield, commercial real estate is finding its footing yet again, outperforming the broader U.S. stock market. Stock exchange-listed U.S. equity real estate investment trusts were up 16.25 percent, with a dividend yield of 3.52 percent, in the first half of 2014, according …

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One of the biggest barriers to a robust recovery in the housing market is a lack of supply. There are simply not enough homes listed for sale to meet the demand—and part of that is because a growing number of home buyers are not selling their previous homes. “As people are starting to move, they’re …