The Home Front


Home Buyer Discounts Keep Shrinking

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As the market shows signs of stabilizing, buyers are continuing to lose leverage in home price negotiations, according to new data from real estate company Zillow. Home buyers squeezed a median of 2.7 percent off listing prices in October, or $5,741. That's down from 2.9 percent the previous month ...

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3 Mortgages Get Worse For Each 1 that Improves

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One of the big headaches the Obama administration faces in rescuing troubled homeowners is that the size of the problem doesn't seem to stop growing. Even as some struggling borrowers find ways to make mortgage payments again, a great deal more fall further behind. Lender Processing Services'

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What the FHA's New Criteria Mean for Housing

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After the real estate crash decimated the mortgage market, a tiny government agency has assumed an outsize role in the housing recovery. In 2006, the Federal Housing Administration—which insures home loans against default—backed just 3 percent of new home-purchase mortgages. But today, the agency ...

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Home Prices: The Next Leg Down

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Although home prices improved again in September, analysts predict property values will resume their decline in the coming months. The S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price report, which was released today, showed that seasonally adjusted home prices increased in September for the fourth month in a row.

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Home Sales Poised to Dip After Tax-Credit Rush

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Although home sales surged last month, many housing experts—and even real estate agents' own trade group—are expecting the market to retrench in the coming months as the jolt from a tax incentive's previously impending deadline subsides. On a seasonal basis, existing home sales jumped 10 percent ...

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Behind the Home Building 'Shocker'

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The fitful nature of the housing sector's healing process was apparent Wednesday when a government report on new-home construction came in much weaker than economists had expected. The Commerce Department reported that October housing starts dropped nearly 11 percent from September and almost 31 ...

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