real estate market

Treasury Tightens Up Terms of Fannie and Freddie Bailout Deal

The government is changing the terms of its bailout agreement with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in a way that will shrink the holdings of the two mortgage giants more quickly and will require payment to the government of all quarterly profits the companies earn.

Home Prices Rose in All Major U.S. Cities in May

Home prices rose in May from April in every city tracked by the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller home price index, a sign that increasing sales and tight inventories are supporting a modest housing recovery.

Where Walmart Builds, Higher Home Prices Follow

Many people react to the news that Walmart is coming to their neighborhood with dismay. The "Bully of Bentonville" lays waste to local businesses, increases traffic, and can lead to higher crime rates. But here's a twist: Where Walmart builds, property values go up.

Home Prices Rise in Nearly All Major U.S. Cities

Home prices rose in nearly all major U.S. cities in April, further evidence that the housing market is slowly improving. According to the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller home price index, the only top 20 metro area to see prices fall was Detroit.

6 Simple Reasons Why You Shouldn't Buy a Home

Houses are cheap. Interest rates are low. And the economy is improving. Even Warren Buffett says that housing might be the best investment today. So should you run out and buy a home? Not necessarily.

Home Prices Fell in January in Most US Cities

Home prices fell in January for a fifth straight month in most major U.S. cities, as modest sales increases have yet to boost prices. The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller home-price index released Tuesday showed that prices dropped in January from December in 16 of 19 cities tracked.

Home Prices Dropped in November in Most US Cities

U.S. home prices fell for a third straight month in nearly all cities tracked by a major index. The declines show that most homeowners are not reaping the benefits from some signs of an improving housing market. Prices dropped in November from October in 19 of the 20 cities tracked, according to the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller home-price index released Tuesday.

New-Home Purchases Fall, 2011 Worst Ever for Sales

Fewer people bought new homes in December, making 2011 the worst sales year on record. The Commerce Department said Thursday new-home sales fell last month to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 307,000. The pace is less than half the 700,000 that economists say must be sold in a healthy economy.

One Sign That the Housing Market Has Hit Bottom

It has been a rough few years for homeowners, and an even worse time for real estate developers. But in a small encouraging sign, luxury homebuilder Toll Brothers is acquiring Seattle-based CamWest Development.

Financial Distress Is Rising Again, Report Shows

Americans' economic health appears to be edging closer to code red: The Consumer Distress Index fell sharply in the third quarter, indicating that more of us are falling behind financially.

Will Latinos Drive the Housing Recovery?

More than any other demographic, Latino homeowners were slammed by the mortgage crisis: Two-thirds of total Hispanic wealth in the U.S. evaporated from 2005 to 2009. But as the fastest growing demographic in the nation, they are also well positioned to power the housing rebound.

Reality Check for Home Improvement Stocks

What does the current state, and the likely future, of the American real estate market mean for companies like Home Depot and Lowe's? We break down the numbers to see which (if either) is a good investment.

'Divorce Starts': A Leading Indicator for Home Sales?

While not everyone whose marriage ends rushes out to break ground on a new home, some real estate agents say divorcing spouses make up at least a third of their clients. With the economy impacting divorce trends and marital splits pushing spending trends, should economists be watching divorce rates when they chart the economic outlook?

Home Prices Fall Again in Worst Decline Since 2008

If you're looking to score a great deal on a house, you may want to wait a bit longer: U.S. home prices dropped 3% in the first quarter, their sharpest quarter-over-quarter decline since late 2008, according to real estate tracking service Zillow, which now says prices won't begin to rebound until 2012 at the earliest.

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.

November Home Sales Take Small Step Forward

The U.S. housing sector remained in a slow, but uncertain recovery in November, as existing-home sales increased a less-than-expected 5.6% last month, to a 4.68-million-unit annual rate. Although home sales rose in every U.S. region, and inventories fell, strong job growth will be needed to increase the sales pace in 2011 and prevent tepid home prices from re-trenching in the quarters ahead.

Housing Starts: Another Small Gain in November

The U.S. housing sector took another modest step forward in November as housing starts rose a better-than-predicted 3.9% to a 530,000-unit annual rate. Still, at the current rate of recovery, the nation remains about 18 months to 2 years away from seeing normal levels of home building.

U.S. Home Values to Fall by $1.7 Trillion in 2010

U.S. homes will lose a total of $1.7 trillion in value in 2010, according to real estate site Zillow. The value lost this year will be 63% more than in 2009, and will take the total value lost since June 2006 to more than $9 trillion, Zillow said on its blog.

The Housing Mess Hits One New York Town Hard

In some parts of the U.S., the real estate market remains deep in recession. But even with housing prices sitting at multi-year lows, millions of houses remain empty, unable to attract buyers haunted by unemployment and a weak economy. As part of a new series, Ghost Towns of the Great Recession, DailyFinance takes a look at one town near New York City that is still struggling with the effects of the great real estate bust.

New Housing Starts Plunged 11.7% in October

U.S. housing starts unexpectedly plunged 11.7% in October to a 519,000-unit annual rate, weighed down by a 47.5% decline in apartment and condo construction. But building permits, a leading indicator of future housing construction, did inch 0.5% higher last month. U.S. housing starts unexpectedly plunged 11.7% in October to a 519,000-unit annual rate, weighed down by a 47.5% decline in apartment and condo construction. But building permits, a leading indicator of future housing construction, did inch 0.5% higher last month.

Homebuilder Confidence Index Goes Nowhere

Technically, the home builder sentiment index inched one point higher to 16 in November, the National Association of Home Builders said Tuesday, but the gain was offset by a revised one-point dip in October%u2019s sentiment reading, and the numbers remain well below those seen during a healthy housing market.