Home buying

FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, file photo, an employee packages a product at the Amazon Fulfillment center in Robbinsville Township, N.J. On Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, Amazon said that it will launch a new service in November that will let delivery people inside homes to drop off packages. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
October 25, 2017 - 4:38 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Don't want Amazon boxes sitting on the porch? The company hopes you'll let a stranger inside to drop them off. Amazon said Wednesday it'll launch a service called Amazon Key next month that will let people allow the door to be unlocked when they're not there so packages can be left...
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This Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, photo shows a new home for sale in a housing development in Raeford, N.C. On Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, the Commerce Department reports on sales of new homes in September. (AP Photo/Swayne B. Hall)
October 25, 2017 - 10:34 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes jumped last month to the highest level since October 2007, a sign that Americans — unable to find existing homes — are turning to new construction. Damage from last month's hurricanes may have also inflated the data. New home sales leapt 18.9 percent in...
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This Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, photo shows a "House for Sale by Owner" sign in a yard in Fort Washington, Pa. On Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, the National Association of Realtors reports on sales of existing homes in September. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
October 20, 2017 - 10:38 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home sales rose slightly last month as the Houston housing market quickly recovered from Hurricane Harvey. Still, a shortage of available homes is thwarting many would-be buyers and limiting sales. The National Association of Realtors said Friday existing home sales increased...
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In this Wednesday, March 1, 2017, photo taken with a fisheye lens, a forklift is parked in front of one of the houses under construction in Zelienople, Pa. On Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, the Commerce Department reports on U.S. home construction in September. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
October 18, 2017 - 9:05 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Construction of new homes fell 4.7 percent in September, the biggest decline in six months, reflecting weakness in both single-family activity and apartment building. The September result left construction at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.13 million units, the Commerce...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, April 20, 2016, file photo, real estate agent Lauren Newman, right, prepares to show a home for sale in Mount Pleasant, S.C., just over the bridge from historic Charleston. On Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, Freddie Mac reports on the week's average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
October 12, 2017 - 10:58 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term mortgage rates rose for a second straight week as the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate increased to 3.91 percent, from 3.85 percent a week ago. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the 15-year home loan, frequently used by homeowners who refinanced their mortgages, also...
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A little-known device called a "bump stock" is attached to a semi-automatic rifle at the Gun Vault store and shooting range Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in South Jordan, Utah. Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock bought 33 guns within the last year, but that didn't raise any red flags. Neither did the mountains of ammunition he was stockpiling, or the bump stocks found in his hotel room that allow semi-automatic rifles to mimic fully automatic weapons. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
October 04, 2017 - 8:01 pm
Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock bought 33 guns within the last year, but that didn't raise any red flags. Neither did the mountains of ammunition he was stockpiling, or the bump stocks found in his hotel room that allow semi-automatic rifles to mimic fully automatic weapons. Some recent mass...
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September 01, 2017 - 7:12 am
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A cleaning crew removing and burning trash at a recently purchased home in Mississippi made a startling discovery — a body wrapped in a blue tarp. Authorities say the remains inside the empty house in Jackson were too decomposed to determine a gender. News outlets reported...
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FILE - This Monday, July 10, 2017, file photo shows a house for sale, in North Andover, Mass. On Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, Freddie Mac releases weekly mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
August 24, 2017 - 12:40 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The benchmark 30-year mortgage rate is at new low for the year, touching its lowest level since last November. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the rate on 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages fell to 3.86 percent from 3.89 percent last week. It was the fourth straight weekly...
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FILE - This Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, file photo shows an existing home for sale in Valrico, Fla. On Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, the National Association of Realtors reports on sales of existing homes in July. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
August 24, 2017 - 10:44 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans retreated from buying homes in July as sales sank to their lowest level of the year. The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that sales of existing homes fell 1.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.44 million. Despite the second straight monthly...
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In this Wednesday, March 1, 2017, photo, new home construction is underway in a housing plan in Zelienople, Pa. On Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, the Commerce Department reports on sales of new homes in July. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
August 23, 2017 - 10:31 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes plummeted 9.4 percent in July, the sharpest one-month drop in nearly a year. But the decline followed strong sales in previous months, and sales so far this year are outpacing last year's. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that new-home sales fell to a...
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