Real estate

A man looks at an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Tuesday, April 16, 2019. Shares were mixed Tuesday in Asia in mostly narrow trading in the absence of any major market-driving news.(AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
April 16, 2019 - 5:49 am
TOKYO (AP) — World stock markets advanced Tuesday on upbeat economic data for China and Germany and as investors keep an eye on U.S. corporate earnings reports, which have been mixed so far. Germany's DAX rose 0.6% to 12,097 after a measure of investor confidence, the ZEW index, rose for a sixth...
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FILE- This Feb. 21, 2019, file photo shows a newly constructed home with a fore sale sign in Natick, Mass. On Thursday, April 11, Freddie Mac reports on this week's average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
April 11, 2019 - 10:09 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates rose moderately this week, remaining at historically low levels that can lure potential purchasers in the spring homebuying season. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage increased to 4.12% from 4...
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FILE- In this Feb. 20, 2019, file photo a coming soon for sale sign sits in front of a home in the Dallas suburb of Richardson, Texas. On Tuesday, March 26, the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index for January is released. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
March 26, 2019 - 8:03 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose at their slowest pace in more than six years in January, as higher mortgage rates weighed on sales. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index increased 3.6 percent in January from a year earlier, down from 4.1 percent in the previous month...
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March 22, 2019 - 9:03 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home sales soared 11.8 percent in February, aided by accelerating wages and falling mortgage rates that are improving affordability. The National Association of Realtors says that existing homes sold at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.51 million last month, a...
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A screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shows the rate decision of the Federal Reserve, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. The Federal Reserve is leaving its key interest rate unchanged and projecting no rate hikes in 2019, dramatically underscoring its plan to be "patient" about any further increases. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
March 21, 2019 - 2:14 am
NEW YORK (AP) — So much for those worries about rising interest rates. Just a few months ago, rising rates were bearing down on everyone from home buyers to stock investors after the Federal Reserve put through seven quarter-point increases in 2017 and 2018. But some rates began easing early this...
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Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell listens to a reporter's question during a news conference in Washington, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
March 20, 2019 - 3:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve left its key interest rate unchanged Wednesday and projected no rate hikes this year, reflecting a dimmer view of the economy as growth weakens in the United States and abroad. The Fed said it was keeping its benchmark rate — which can influence everything from...
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In this Thursday, March 7, 2019, photo visitors to the Pittsburgh veterans job fair meet with recruiters at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. On Friday, March 8, the U.S. government issues the February jobs report, which will reveal the latest unemployment rate and number of jobs U.S. employers added. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
March 08, 2019 - 8:09 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring tumbled in February, with U.S. employers adding just 20,000 jobs, the smallest monthly gain in nearly a year and a half. The slowdown in hiring, though, might have been depressed by harsh winter weather and the partial shutdown of the government. Last month's weak gain came...
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In this Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 photo a newly constructed homes sit near a sign, in Natick, Mass. On Friday, March 8, the Commerce Department reports on U.S. home construction in January.(AP Photo/Steven Senne)
March 08, 2019 - 7:43 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. housing starts jumped 18.6 percent in January, as builders ramped up construction of single-family houses to the fastest pace in eight months. The Commerce Department said Friday that January ground breakings occurred at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.23 million. Home...
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FILE- In this Aug. 14, 2018, file photo workers stock the shelves at a Home Depot store in Passaic, N.J. Home Depot Inc. reports financial results Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey, File)
February 26, 2019 - 4:55 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Strains in the nation's housing sector, coupled with nasty weather across the U.S., took their toll on Home Depot's sales in the last few months of 2018. And more disconcerting news about the state of the U.S. housing market could make for a challenging 2019 for the home-improvement...
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In this Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 photo a recently constructed home, left, is reflected in water, in Natick, Mass. On Tuesday, Feb. 26, the Commerce Department reports on U.S. home construction in December. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
February 26, 2019 - 7:35 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of homes being built in December plunged to the lowest level in more than two years, a possible sign that developers are anticipating fewer new houses to be sold this year. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that housing starts fell 11.2 percent in December from the...
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