Home buying

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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July 31, 2017 - 10:15 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans signed more contracts to buy homes in June, snapping a three-month decline in pending sales. The National Association of Realtors said Monday that its pending home sales index rose 1.5 percent in June to 110.2. The gain still puts the pace of contract signings below its...
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July 31, 2017 - 10:00 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans signed more contracts to buy homes in June, snapping a three-month decline in pending sales. The National Association of Realtors says that its pending home sales index rose 1.5 percent in June to 110.2. The gain still puts the pace of contract signings below its March...
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July 31, 2017 - 7:36 am
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A burglary at a popular music venue in Georgia has rallied prominent musicians to provide a reward. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Athens-Clarke County police spokesman Sgt. Jim Schultz says the 40 Watt Club in Athens was burglarized in the early hours of Friday. A...
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July 29, 2017 - 4:00 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 115-year-old desert tortoise that disappeared from its garden at a New Mexico senior living community was returned. The Albuquerque Journal reports ( http://bit.ly/2w9xGQb ) the tortoise, Diablo, was returned Friday to Manzano del Sol Village. He had ventured to the...
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