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What's making homebuilders so cheery?

by Amy Scott Sep 18, 2019
Lower mortgage rates should help more people buy new homes.
A construction crew works on a new house in Monterey Park, California, in March.
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Home buyers navigate sluggish housing market

by Justin Ho Oct 24, 2018
Sales of new and existing homes haven't been this slow for years, so what's a buyer to do?
 A 'For Sale' sign sits in front of a new home May 27, 2004 in Miami, Florida. 
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Home buyers navigate sluggish housing market

by Justin Ho Oct 24, 2018
Sales of new and existing homes haven't been this slow for years, so what's a buyer to do?
 A 'For Sale' sign sits in front of a new home May 27, 2004 in Miami, Florida. 
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New home sales are looking up in a tight housing market

by Dan Gorenstein Feb 26, 2018
New home sale numbers are out today from the U.S. Census Bureau. In a tight housing market, strong new construction numbers could be a boost to first-time homebuyers. Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 

Midwest flooding underscores a need for flood insurance reform

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer May 4, 2017
Floodwaters have displaced hundreds of people and lead to several deaths in the Midwest. Now the damage assessment starts. The National Flood Insurance Program helps homeowners buy affordable flood insurance, but it’s $25 billion in debt. Congress has a chance…

This new real estate site is aimed at first-time buyers

by Ryan Kailath May 4, 2017
The real estate site Zillow has launched a new tool aimed at first-time home buyers on realestate.com. It features a calculator that adds up the expenses of owning a home, like property taxes and utilities — the kind of things…

Existing home sales likely to show a drop in February, economists say

by Aaron Schrank Mar 22, 2017
Existing home sales numbers for February are out today. January sales increased 3.3 percent to a 10-year high, but economists anticipate a dip for February, although that’s still up from last year. One factor: an improving job market.  Click the…

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The spring home-buying season could use more homes

by Aaron Schrank Mar 20, 2017
Builders are building, but too may owners are staying put.

Increase in home renovation plans suggests people unwilling to move

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer Apr 5, 2016
People gave up on the idea of a big, fancy house after the housing crisis, according to one economist.
Many U.S. homeowners are looking to spruce up their homes.
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In home bidding wars, love letters can seal a deal

by Annie Baxter Jul 22, 2015
Some homebuyers try to win favor with sellers by writing a personal appeal.