Home buying

January 31, 2018 - 10:32 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The pace of Americans signing contracts to buy homes increased for a third straight month in December, raising an index of pending home sales by 0.5 percent. The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that its index of pending sales reached 110.1, up from a revised 109.6...
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FILE - This June 4, 2015, file photo, shows a sign indicating a site has been sold in a new home development in Nashville, Tenn. If you’re in a committed relationship but nuptials are on the back burner, just know your dream of buying a home doesn’t have to be. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
January 25, 2018 - 10:12 am
Love and marriage don't always go together, no matter what Sinatra says. If you're in a committed relationship but nuptials are on the back burner, just know your dream of buying a home doesn't have to be. Sixteen percent of first-time homebuyers in 2017 were unmarried couples, an annual National...
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January 25, 2018 - 10:08 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans cut back their purchases of new homes in December as sales fell from November's 10-year high. The Commerce Department says new-home sales skidded 9.3 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 625,000. It was the biggest drop since August 2016. November...
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January 24, 2018 - 10:55 am
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Grammy, Emmy and Tony-award winning artist Cyndi Lauper has sold her Connecticut home of more three decades. The nearly 3,900-square-foot home in Stamford sold for a little more than $800,000, well below the $1.25 million asking price it was originally listed for in May. Real...
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In this Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, photo, construction continues on a high-rise condominium project in Miami. On Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, the Commerce Department reports on U.S. home construction in December. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
January 18, 2018 - 9:54 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Groundbreakings on new homes fell 8.2 percent in December, with builders ending 2017 by slowing down their construction of single-family houses. The Commerce Department said Thursday that the monthly decline put U.S. housing starts at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.19...
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January 16, 2018 - 7:41 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Energizer will spend $2 billion in cash to acquire the battery and lighting assets of Spectrum, adding the Rayovac brand to its battery and lighting division. Spectrum Brands said earlier this month that it would seek a buyer for the assets so that the Middleton, Wisconsin, company...
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January 11, 2018 - 5:19 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Backers of a bill aimed at cracking down on mortgage lending companies targeting veterans say the measure is gaining support. The bill's sponsors — U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Thom Tillis — said Thursday the goal is to protect veterans, particularly those who purchase homes...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, file photo, a "Sale Pending" placard is placed atop a realty sign outside a home for sale in Surfside, Fla. On Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, the National Association of Realtors releases its November report on pending home sales, which are seen as a barometer of future purchases. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
December 27, 2017 - 10:11 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Slightly more people signed contracts in November to buy homes — with pending sales rising just 0.2 percent as the housing market copes with a dwindling supply of properties on the market. The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that its index of pending home sales was...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, May 16, 2017, file photo, a construction worker continues work on new town homes under construction in Woodstock, Ga. The Standard & Poor's CoreLogic Case-Shiller home price index, which tracks the value of homes in 20 major U.S. metropolitan areas, is due out Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
December 26, 2017 - 9:32 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices climbed a robust 6.2 percent from a year ago, amid strong demand from would-be buyers and a shrinking supply of properties for sale. Standard & Poor's said Tuesday that its S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller national home price index stood in October a solid 6...
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In this Thursday, June 1, 2017, photo, builders work on the roof of a home under construction at a housing plan in Jackson Township, Butler County, Pa. On Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, the Commerce Department reports on sales of new homes in November. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
December 22, 2017 - 10:41 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans stepped up their purchases of new homes at the fastest pace in more than 25 years in November, with sales skyrocketing 17.5 percent amid robust demand and a continued shortage of existing homes on the market. New home sales last month jumped to a seasonally adjusted...
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