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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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Why low mortgage rates don’t always mean more home sales

by Justin Ho Jun 25, 2019
New home sales are down, even though mortgage rates are down, too. But low mortgages aren't the deciding factor when it comes to buying a home.
A sale-pending sign is posted in front of a home in San Francisco.
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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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When mortgages hit the roof

by Janet Nguyen Oct 12, 2018
In the early 1980s, the Fed combated inflation by hiking interest rates to over 18 percent.
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At $6 trillion, "tappable" home equity reaches new high

by Amy Scott Sep 26, 2018
So far, homeowners are resisting cashing out.
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High mortgage rates bring changes in loan applications

by Andy Uhler Jun 6, 2018
The Mortgage Bankers Association will release some new data today on how many folks are applying for mortgages in the United States. Numbers have been down consistently for the past couple of months. Click the audio player above to hear…

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First-time homebuyers are taking out more new loans

by Ryan Kailath May 25, 2017
And nearly a quarter of them are using a gift from family or a friend, realtors say.
 
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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…

Re-thinking the boring bond

by Tracey Samuelson May 12, 2015
Dissecting the bond market's "conga line of ramifications."