Jan 25, 2013 One of the reasons prices are going up in many U.S. neighborhoods is because investors are buying houses, sprucing them up and then renting them out. Landlords like these don't have a great image. But in Oakland, Calif., they can be an enormous force for change and good.
Jan 15, 2013 Companies like Lennar have an incentive to start building again as the inventory of vacant houses falls. Conditions are good for consumers, with some hitches.
Jan 15, 2013 HUD cannot afford to fix its public housing, so the government wants to reclassify the properties as Section 8.
Jan 3, 2013 Marketplace Economics Correspondent Chris Farrell says there is one bright economic spot to look forward to in the coming year: the housing market.
Dec 28, 2012 An estimated one-fifth of Americans pay fees to homeowners associations, or HOAs. Many of them wonder if they're getting their money's worth.
Dec 27, 2012 Many of the new homes being sold now were planned years ago. Finally demand has returned, in part because first-time buyers are being outbid by investors for bargain foreclosure sales.
Dec 26, 2012 The latest figures on the U.S. housing market show a turnaround is taking hold. But Chicago is a stubborn outlier on the road to recovery.
Dec 19, 2012 After a rush of homebuilding in October, November turned out to be a little muted. Much of that you can blame on Sandy -- the storm definitely seems to have slowed down construction in the Northeast.
Dec 14, 2012 Throughout the debate about the deficits and debt, you've probably heard a certain metaphor: One that compares the nation to a household. Well, that metaphor bothers one of the nation's leading economists, Robert Shiller of Yale University.
Dec 10, 2012 A government watchdog released a report this morning that scrutinizes the pay of senior staffers at Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. The report is from the inspector general of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees Fannie and Freddie.