Real Estate

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A gas price sign is seen at a Phillips 66 station in Houston, Dec. 16, 2014.

The huge drop in gasoline prices is just the boost the housing market needs heading into 2015. Not only are they padding people’s pocketbooks, they’re fueling consumer confidence. That may already be translating into more home sales. “Anything that impacts anyone’s monthly budget so significantly as the cost of gasoline will tend to make them …

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Home prices slowed down dramatically in 2014, but still made enough gains to give U.S. homeowners a collective $1.7 trillion in additional home equity, according to real estate company Zillow. Some tapped that immediately, taking out home equity lines of credit. In fact, that was the fastest growing segment of the mortgage market. Read More Home …

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Philadelphia's city center

Better jobs and higher rents are pushing more young Philadelphians to buy homes in the city’s downtown. With the median home price of $202,700 near the national average, and a new energy to rebuild and rehab downtown neighborhoods, it is no wonder sales are up dramatically. “Millennials are moving into town,” said Mike McCann, a …

Home builders bet on active housing

Home builders are catering to baby boomers by building more active adult communities.

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The nation’s home builders seem resigned to the fact that their business is recovering at a slower-than-expected pace. Home builder sentiment remained in positive territory in December, falling just one point on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) month-to-month, after a big jump in November. Sentiment now stands at 57 …

Housing check-up

In earnings reports out today, the nation’s home builders said it was a disappointing year for housing.

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House vs. Stocks?

Even as the stock market soars to record highs, federal regulators are announcing new, cheaper ways for cash-strapped borrowers to buy a home. With the catastrophic housing crash of the last decade still glaring through the rear view mirror, the government is again pushing home ownership as the best way to build wealth, but is …

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It’s never been easy to get a mortgage if you’re self-employed. But a recent analysis of mortgage data shows just how much harder it is. Getting lenders to quote you a rate is tougher if you don’t work for someone else, according to a report Thursday from real estate researcher Zillow. Though they typically have …

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As home prices rise, homeowners are wasting no time making use of their newfound, or regained, home equity. In fact, while all mortgage originations rose in the third quarter of this year, the biggest gain was in home equity lines of credit, so-called HELOCs. Originations of these loans, which are often in addition to primary …

The future of our cities

Urban planners will face many challenges like climate change, a shift in transportation and population growth when designing our cities of the future.

Disappointing housing data

New reads on October housing sales disappointed investors.

Housing investor shift

Big investors who helped prop up the sector during the housing crisis are cashing out.

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When housing crashed in a large way, big investors stepped in, both mopping up the mess and squeezing out big profit. Now, with home prices rising and fewer distressed homes to buy, the housing trade is changing, and so are the players. The number of sales to investors increased in October from September, according to …

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As the U.S. stock market rises, so do sales of million-dollar homes. That correlation is not lost on the nation’s Realtors. “There is little volatility in the stock market. It is whoppingly higher, so people in the top 10 percent of wealth are really feeling confident now,” said Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National …

New York City’s red hot commercial real estate market

Barely six years after the financial crisis and just two years after Superstorm Sandy, the commercial and residential real estate market in Manhattan is booming.