Real estate

FILE - This April 2017, file photo provided by NerdWallet shows Liz Weston, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com. Uncovering an online lender’s true intentions is sometimes as simple as checking their website for a few key giveaways. Knowing how to spot a predatory loan can keep you from slipping into a debt trap. (NerdWallet via AP, File)
December 23, 2019 - 12:19 pm
Your expenses don't end when your paychecks do, but creating a reliable income stream in retirement can be tricky. The right choices can result in sustainable income for the rest of your life. The wrong choices could leave you uncomfortably short of cash. In fact, retirement includes so many...
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FILE - In this June 13, 2019, photo a new home is under construction in Mechanicsville, Va. On Monday, Dec. 23, The Commerce Department reports on sales of new homes in November. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
December 23, 2019 - 9:37 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sales of newly built homes increased 1.3% in November from the prior month, a sign that low mortgage rates are pushing up purchases as well as prices. The Commerce Department said Monday that new single-family houses sold at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 719,000 last...
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FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2019, file photo a sign rests near a piece of earth-moving equipment, left, on a plot of land, in Westwood, Mass. On Tuesday, Dec. 17, the Commerce Department reports on U.S. home construction in November. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
December 17, 2019 - 7:35 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Construction of new homes rose again in November while applications for building permits rose to the highest level in 12 years, both encouraging signs of a rebound in the housing market. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that builders started construction on a seasonally...
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FILE - This June 20, 2019, file photo shows an existing home is offered for sale in Rutledge, Ga. On Thursday, Dec. 12, Freddie Mac reports on this week's average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
December 12, 2019 - 10:18 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates rose this week. Still, rates remain at historically low levels as a lure to prospective homebuyers. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage increased to 3.73% from 3.68% last week. The benchmark rate stood at...
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FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2019, file photo a sign stands outside a home for sale in southeast Denver. On Thursday, Dec. 5, Freddie Mac reports on this week's average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
December 05, 2019 - 12:32 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates held steady this week amid mixed signs in the housing market. Rates remain at historically low levels as a lure to prospective homebuyers. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was unchanged...
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FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2019, file photo a sign stands outside a home for sale in southeast Denver. On Wednesday, Nov. 27, Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
November 27, 2019 - 10:35 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. mortgage rates crept slightly higher this week but remain at low levels that could encourage more home-buying. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Wednesday that the average rate on a fixed 30-year mortgage ticked up to 3.68% from 3.66% the previous week. The average 15-year...
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FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2019, file photo an under contract sign is posted outside a home Park Avenue in Richmond, Va. On Wednesday, Nov. 27, the National Association of Realtors releases its October report on pending home sales, which are seen as a barometer of future purchases. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
November 27, 2019 - 9:19 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans signed fewer contracts to purchase homes in October, as would-be buyers struggled to find available properties. The National Association of Realtors says its pending home sales index, which measures the number of purchase contracts signed, fell 1.7% last month. The...
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A man walks by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Wednesday after a fresh set of record highs on Wall Street, spurred by encouraging signs on trade talks between the U.S. and China. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
November 27, 2019 - 2:48 am
BEIJING (AP) — World shares were mixed Wednesday after Wall Street benchmarks set fresh highs, spurred by optimism over trade talks between the U.S. and China. Investors are awaiting fresh U.S. home sales data, a key measure of inflation, and Washington’s latest quarterly estimate of economic...
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FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2019 file photo a sign rests in front of a newly constructed home, in Westwood, Mass. On Tuesday, Nov. 26, the Commerce Department reports on sales of new homes in October. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
November 26, 2019 - 9:22 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new homes dipped slightly in October compared with September but remain well above levels of a year ago, with lower mortgage rates helping spur a rebound in purchases. The annual rate of single-family new-home sales slipped 0.7% last month to a seasonally adjusted 733,000...
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November 21, 2019 - 9:14 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans purchased more homes in October, though sales were held back by a shortage of available properties. The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that sales of existing homes rose 1.9% last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.46 million. That’s 4.6%...
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