Real Estate

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Builders are making homes to accomodate multiple generations living together with specialty housing.

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A lack of homes for sale is keeping potential buyers at bay. Signed contracts to buy existing homes remained essentially flat in December.

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Defying expectations for the start of 2016, mortgage rates spiraled down further last week, spurring more volume in the mortgage market.

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The robust rebound in existing homes sales in December had everything to do with this.

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Retail used to be a driver of downtown real estate, but restaurants and hot chefs are the new development magnets, especially for millennials.

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The sell-off in the stock market was a boon to the mortgage market last week, driven by refinances.

Millennials are dragging down homeownership

More than 5 million borrowers could qualify and benefit from a mortgage refinance, according to a new report.

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Mortgage rates have been so low for so long that it is hard to believe nearly everybody hasn’t refinanced to a lower rate yet.

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The ultimate bachelor pad is up for sale — with the ultimate former bachelor included — Hugh Hefner.

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Luxury prices for the world’s major cities are expected to slow by nearly half this year, from 3 percent in 2015 to 1.7 percent in 2016, according to the latest Knight Frank Prime Cities Forecast.

Strong housing demand, low supply

A drop in the number of listings may be behind a sales slowdown in Tampa, Florida. Closed sales fell 1.7 percent in November compared to November 2014, as inventory declined more than 7 percent, according to the Greater Tampa Association of Realtors. “We’ve got a considerable lack of inventory which caused the lack of sales,” …

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Tight supply of homes for sale is pushing home prices ever higher again — with annual gains swelling in most major markets.

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A for sale sign is shown in front of a home in Miami.

Tight supply of homes for sale is pushing home prices ever higher again — with annual gains swelling in most major markets.

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A for sale sign is displayed outside of a house in Oradell, N.J.

Borrowers looking to refinance before interest rates go up drove mortgage volume higher last week.

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In the barren yield landscape of the last five years, real estate investment trusts have been one of investors’ favorite places to find income. The MSCI U.S. REIT Index, which has a current yield of just under 4 percent, was up 30 percent last year. It has returned an average of more than 12 percent …