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What is a bubble and are we in one?

Jun 19, 2013
As soon as the value of something rises, skeptics roll out the B-word: bubble.
Posted In: stock market, housing market

100 years ago, a boom and bust fed by hope and greed

Jun 13, 2013
Railroads lured homesteaders to Montana with ads that made the dry plains look like lush English countryside. Banks offered easy money, the settlers loaded up with loans -- and drought set in.
Posted In: montana, housing market

Real estate boom and bust in 1910 and 2000: A comparison

Jun 13, 2013
Check out our side-by-side comparison of these two booms and busts nearly a hundred years apart... make your own comparisons.
Posted In: montana, housing market, housing crisis

Want to buy a fixer-upper? Head to the Rust Belt

Jun 6, 2013
RealtyTrac has released its list of the top cities for fixer-upper houses. At the top of the list: Detroit and other Rust Belt cities.
Posted In: houses, buying a home, housing market

Economic indicator: Home and living magazines

Jun 5, 2013
Shelter magazines are on the rebound as the housing industry bounces back. What other lateral signs are there out there?
Posted In: housing market, magazines, economic indicators

Many would-be first-time homebuyers fear taking the plunge

Jun 3, 2013
Would-be homebuyers are nervous because of the housing crash and the instability of the job market.
Posted In: Housing, housing market, mortgage

Rising mortgage interest rates: A make or break moment for homebuyers?

May 31, 2013
Recently, the housing market has been making headlines for making a historic recovery. New home sales, existing home sales and pending sales are all up. But so are mortgage interest rates as of this week. That's not so good, but should it make shoppers reconsider buying a home?
Posted In: Housing, interest rates, housing market

Obama to announce expansion of mortgage modification program

May 30, 2013
With signs of vigor returning to the real estate market, it's easy to miss the other reality: Many people got stuck with terrible mortgages during the boom years and the Obama administration says they still need help.
Posted In: housing market, housing crisis, mortgage

Is the era of super-low mortgages over?

May 29, 2013
The value of the benchmark 10-year Treasury note is down, amid signs the U.S. economy is gathering strength. The yield is up to 2.14 percent, and 30-year mortgage rates are inching close to 4 percent, the highest in a year.
Posted In: housing market, interest rates, mortgage, bonds

What do home sales have to do with the job market?

May 23, 2013
Domestic migration, when you move from one place in the country to another, plunged in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. Now things are looking up.
Posted In: housing market, housing prices, mortgage, Jobs

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