housing

Housing Numbers Show Promise -- But Is It Real?

In a surprising twist, some of the best housing numbers in eight months surfaced Tuesday. We get a lot of real estate related questions from DailyFinance readers, so we checked in with AOL Real Estate Editor in Chief Laura Goldstein for some insight about what the latest data really means.

Is It the 'Best Time' Ever to Buy a Home?

If you're on the fence about whether or not it's the right time to buy a piece of real estate, one expert says there is no doubt about it. According to best-selling author Adam Leitman Bailey, "this is the best time in modern real estate history to be buying a home."

What Would the Rapture Do to Real Estate Prices?

Christian broadcaster Harold Camping miscalculated in his prediction that the world was going to end on Saturday. But he's not the only one who thinks the Rapture could be nigh in the not-so-distant future. Which begs the question: Where will those who are left behind hang their hats?

Is Home Ownership Overrated?

For generations of Americans, home ownership has been extolled as a sound investment and source of moral virtue, stability and community. Renting was seen as anathema, a distinct second choice. But in the wake of the real estate collapse, those long-held assumptions have been called into question.

Three Questions to Ask Before Buying a Home

Today's sluggish housing market has little margin for error: Make an ill-conceived or poorly researched home purchase now, and you'll almost certainly pay the price later. To avoid that, make sure you have the right answers to these three questions before you buy your next home.

The Tell-Tale Stat: In Housing Market, Inventory Is Key

If you're trying to decide whether it's time to consider buying a house, the best clues can be found in the new and existing home inventory numbers. And despite all the other positive indicators, those figures are still much too high for comfort.

Home Prices Fall in Most Major U.S. Areas

According to the latest Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city index, home prices declined in 19 cities from December to January. And 11 of them are at their lowest level since the housing bust. The only market where prices rose was Washington, where homes prices gained 0.1%.

New Mortgage Regulations Could Bruise Housing Market

New regulations limiting mortgage brokers' compensation go into effect on April 1. While they're meant to protect mortgage borrowers from unscrupulous brokers, they could have an adverse impact on the nation's struggling housing market.

Week in Preview: Discover, Oracle and Tiffany Earnings

Oracle, Discover and Tiffany are all expected to report year-over-year growth for their most recent quarters this week. Meanwhile, many will be looking for an updated snapshot of the housing market, with three sets of real-estate data coming out.

Three Key Rules for Today's Housing Market

Some recent reports on the real estate market show home prices starting to stabilize in many areas. Other data suggests the housing market has further to fall. But whichever direction the national numbers are heading, there are few tenets that smart buyers and sellers should always follow.

What the Housing Market Is Signaling Now

Home sales have started to rebound, with half the nation's markets experiencing price gains in the last quarter of 2010. They weren't great gains, but they were progress. What does this mean for the average consumer?

Recession Lingers On in Silicon Valley

Much has been made recently of the huge valuations of Internet players like Facebook, Twitter and Zynga, but while Web 2.0 is doing well, the Silicon Valley region itself is not. A new report shows compensation and unemployment in the region haven't improved since the downturn.

In Construction, a Year of Flat Growth Would Be Welcome

If you want to see how the construction industry will do in 2011, look at how the architects did in 2010. By that gauge, last year's thin uptick in spending on building design and engineering services foretells a similar small gain ahead for builders -- and after two years of steep declines, any growth at all is welcome news.

Home Prices Fall to Pre-Bubble Levels

The drop in home values caused by the mortgage crisis has resulted in one positive outcome: Prices have fallen so far that home affordability is back to pre-housing boom levels, reports Moody's Analytics. But a quarter of households with a mortgage are underwater on their loan.

Housing's Long and Winding Road to Recovery

Home prices are falling again nearly nationwide, but the pace of sales is starting to pick up in recent months. Overall, it seems clear that the worst of the housing debacle has passed. It's just that the U.S. remains on a slow, grinding track back to housing health.

Spin, Not Substance, Is Just What Investors Need Now

With the economic recovery gaining steam, President Obama's State of the Union address -- and the GOP response -- should be seen as a shift to a less activist approach. Feel-good rhetoric may be wiser than heavy-handed policies that could easily backfire.

How the State of the Economy Has Changed Under Obama

Upon taking office in 2009, Obama inherited two costly wars and an economy that had violently imploded just months before. What's changed since then? Quite a bit, but the record is decidedly mixed. Here's a midterm report card of key indicators of the country's economic health.

Mortgage Applications Ease Off as 2010 Comes to an End

Mortgage applications slowed down in the week before Christmas and increased the week after, while interest rates rose to a seven-month high, then retreated again, the Mortgage Bankers Association said Wednesday. Shifts in refinancing were the key factor.

October's Home-Price Drop Has 'No Good News'

The U.S. housing sector got another dose of sobering news Tuesday, as home prices in 20 major cities fell a worse-than-expected 1.3% in October from September. The S&P Case-Shiller index has now dropped for four straight months.