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Omaha: How's the housing market where Warren Buffett lives?

Feb 8, 2013
On paper, Omaha looks like a pretty great place to live: It's consistently rated one of the most affordable cities in the country. Why is it doing so well?
Posted In: Nebraska, Housing, real estate

Advice on applying for a re-fi or loan modification

Feb 1, 2013
Straight talk from a banker on what makes an application for a re-fi or a loan modification stand out in the eyes of a bank.
Posted In: mortgage refinance, Mortgage modification, mortgage, Housing

The open house is back -- and so are the 'lookie-loos'

Feb 1, 2013
Resurgent home sales are a boon for those who like to tour open houses for fun.
Posted In: Housing, real estate

Fannie, Freddie to let some underwater homeowners walk away

Feb 1, 2013
Mortgage heavyweights Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have announced a bailout program for struggling homeowners who are current on their payments. If there's a pressing need to leave their property, they can just walk away.
Posted In: Housing, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, underwater, mortgage

Phoenix homeowner explains why he didn't just walk away

Jan 28, 2013
A few years ago, 60 percent of Phoenix-area mortgages were underwater. Reporter Peter O'Dowd was one of those homeowners.
Posted In: Housing, Phoenix, mortgage, underwater, underwater mortgage

Is the real estate market really recovering?

Jan 25, 2013
The latest housing market numbers seem to show that home buying has bounced back, thanks to record low interest rates. But experts like Glenn Kelman, CEO of Redfin, say not so fast when it comes to buying a home.
Posted In: Housing, real estate

It still pays to own a home

Jan 25, 2013
Many young people say they have no interest in ever owning a home. So these days, more and more people are renting. But commentator Chris Farrell says buying is still a better option for all concerned.
Posted In: Housing, rent, rent vs. buy, buying a home

Oakland landlords pay it forward

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.
Posted In: Housing, landlord

Housing revival gives home builders hope

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.
Posted In: Lennar, Housing, real estate

Public housing looks for outside investors

Jan 10, 2013
HUD cannot afford to fix its public housing, so the government wants to reclassify the properties as Section 8.
Posted In: Housing, affordable housing, HUD

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