Home buying

FILE- In this Feb. 21, 2019, file photo a newly constructed homes sit near a sign in Natick, Mass. On Thursday, May 23, the Commerce Department reports on sales of new homes in April. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
May 23, 2019 - 10:04 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes sank 6.9% in April, driven by a decline in the sale of homes worth less than $300,000 that are generally bought by middle class and first-time buyers. The Commerce Department said Thursday that new homes sold at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 673,000...
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FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2018, file photo, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson speaks to the audience before President Donald Trump speaks at the 2018 Young Black Leadership Summit in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Government auditors say Carson violated the law when his department spent more than $40,000 to purchase a dining set and a dishwasher for his office’s executive dining room. In a report released May 16, 2019, the Government Accountability Office says the agency failed to notify Congress before exceeding a $5,000 limit to furnish or make improvements to the office of a presidential appointee. The dining set cost more than $31,000 and the dishwasher cost nearly $9,000. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
May 17, 2019 - 4:28 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson violated the law when his department spent more than $40,000 to purchase a dining set and a dishwasher for his office's executive dining room, government auditors concluded. In a report released Thursday, the Government...
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May 15, 2019 - 9:29 am
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The Bulgarian government says the country's agriculture minister has resigned amid allegations about the misuse of European Union funds. A government statement Wednesday says that while Rumen Porozhanov denies wrongdoing, he has stepped down to avoid attacks against him...
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FILE - This Jan. 14, 2019, photo, shows a sign outside a home that has been sold, in Mount Lebanon, Pa. On Thursday, May 9, Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
May 09, 2019 - 12:20 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates declined this week for a second straight week, reversing the upward trend in April as a lure to potential home buyers. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage fell to 4.10% from 4.14% last week. By...
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In this Monday, April 22, 2019 photo, Tisha Montoya and her dog Bebe cut through the lava field that covered much of her property and destroyed her home near Pahoa, Hawaii. Tisha and her father Edwin Montoya lived on the secluded property for many years until they had to evacuate due to the 2018 Kilauea lava eruption where the molten rock eventually took nearly all the structures, including the home and all but one small chicken coop that Edwin built. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
May 03, 2019 - 6:32 pm
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — A year after a volcano on Hawaii's Big Island rained lava and gases in one of its largest and most destructive eruptions in recorded history, people who lost their homes and farms in the disaster are still struggling to return to their cherished island lifestyle. More than 700...
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In this Friday, April 12, 2019 photo, a sold sign is shown in front of a home in Surfside, Fla. On Thursday, April 25, Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates.(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
April 25, 2019 - 12:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates rose this week for the fourth straight week, though they remain historically low as a spur to home sales in the spring buying season. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage increased to 4.20% from...
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FILE- In this Feb. 21, 2019, file photo a recently constructed home, left, is reflected in water, in Natick, Mass. Before squeezing every last nickel into a down payment on a home mortgage, set some cash aside to handle unexpected expenses after the closing. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
April 25, 2019 - 10:01 am
Maximizing a home down payment can make sense: The bigger the down payment, the lower the monthly mortgage bill and the better the chance of building equity more quickly. But putting too much down could leave you without enough cash for home maintenance — or anything else. Pinpointing the right...
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Jared Kushner, Senior Adviser to President Donald Trump, speaks during the TIME 100 Summit, in New York, Tuesday, April 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
April 23, 2019 - 12:20 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Jared Kushner, senior adviser and son-in-law to President Donald Trump, is downplaying Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. Kushner, one of the most influential voices in the White House, minimized Russia's involvement by describing it "as buying some Facebook...
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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 Monday, April 22, the National Association of Realtors reports on sales of existing homes in March. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
April 22, 2019 - 10:01 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of existing U.S. homes fell in March after a huge gain the previous month, held back partly by a sharp slowdown among the most expensive properties. The National Association of Realtors says home sales fell 4.9% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.21 million, down from...
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FILE - This Jan. 18, 2017, file photo shows a CVS Pharmacy in Pittsburgh. CVS Health is expanding same-day prescription deliveries nationwide in the latest push by drugstores to keep customers who don’t want to wait and are doing more shopping online. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
April 04, 2019 - 10:43 am
CVS Health is expanding same-day prescription deliveries nationwide in the latest push by drugstores to keep customers who don't want to wait and are doing more shopping online. The drugstore chain says it can deliver medications and other products within a few hours to homes or offices from 6,000...
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