Real Estate

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San Francisco is arguably one of the hottest real estate markets in the nation. Fueled by the technology economy, it has a limited supply of homes for sale, which has resulted in fierce competition and sky-high home prices. Rents also have grown in tandem. “Have things cooled down a little bit? Yes. However, the properties …

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When Google Capital, an equity fund backed by the Internet search behemoth, announced last spring that it would sink $50 million into Auction.com, housing watchers were left scratching their heads. What would Google want with an online real estate auction company? The answer is now clear: Data. And it goes both ways. Auction.com is launching a …

Fed ends QE: what’s next for housing?

What happens to the housing market now that the Federal Reserve’s stimulus program is over?

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Mortgage interest rates bumped decidedly back over 4 percent last week, causing a drop in both mortgage applications to refinance and to purchase a home. Total application volume fell 6.6 percent from the previous week, on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). Refinance applications were off 7 percent week-to-week, after …

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U.S. home buyers did not get a boost from lower mortgage rates in September. Signed contracts to buy existing homes were basically flat for the month, rising just 0.3 percent from August, according to the National Association of Realtors. These so-called “pending” home sales are now 1 percent higher than September of 2013, the first …

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A staggering 330 million urban households around the world live in substandard housing or are so financially stretched by housing costs they forgo other basic needs like food and health care, according to McKinsey. Urban dwellers globally fork out $650 billion more per year on housing than they can afford, or around 1 percent of …

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First came a historic national crash in home prices, then a surprisingly sharp jolt off the bottom. Investors, desperate for yield and fueled by Fed-induced cheap cash, swarmed the most distressed housing markets, buying bargain-basement properties and turning them into rentals. Some markets saw double-digit annual price appreciation. Some analysts started to float the word …

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Los Angeles may be filled with stars, but right now its housing market isn’t one of them. After benefiting from robust investor interest for the past few years, home sales and prices are beginning to deflate. It is now taking significantly longer for sellers to get a contract. “The real estate market in Los Angeles …

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More proof that low mortgage rates are not the key to home ownership: Rates dropped to their lowest level in nearly 18 months last week, causing an 11.6 percent rise in applications, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported Wednesday. The gains, however, were driven entirely by refinances, just as they have been for several weeks. Refinance …

Existing home sales rise in September

Existing home sales rose in September, but the picture this month might not be as pretty.

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After jumping to the highest level in nine years last month, confidence among U.S. home builders took a sharp U-turn in October. While still in the positive range, builder sentiment fell 5 points to a level of 54 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. Fifty is the line between positive …

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Falling Treasury yields are pushing mortgage rates to lows not seen in over a year. With the rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage falling below the psychologically significant 4 percent level, phones were ringing at lender shops large and small on Wednesday. Should you be calling? CNBC’s Diana Olick asked Matt Weaver, vice president of …

Every day, 21,000 of them sail into U.S. ports, carrying everything from tea to T-shirts, but just a fraction ever go back. Shipping containers. Strong, durable and eminently recyclable. An estimated 700,000 are sitting near the nation’s waterfronts, unused, wasting shipyard space and littering landfills. It all presents an incredible opportunity for developers of environmentally …

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The upside to the selloff in stock markets is lower interest rates for the housing market. A drop in rates last week boosted mortgage applications for both refinances and home purchases, and interest rates continues to slide. Total mortgage application volume for the week ending October 3rd rose 3.8 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from …

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The headline for much of this year has been that home price gains are easing. Prices are still higher compared to last year, but not nearly as much as they had been. Now, suddenly, it looks as if home values could actually go negative on a national level. “That will be the first time collectively, …