Home buying

In this Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, photo, a sold sign is displayed in front of a new development in Woodcliff Lake, N.J. On Tuesday, Feb. 27, the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index for December is released. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
February 27, 2018 - 9:04 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose last year at the fastest 12-month pace in more than three years, as potential home buyers fought over a limited number of available properties. Standard & Poor's said that its S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller national home price index jumped 6.3 percent in...
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Oregon Rep. Julie Fahey, D-Eugene, poses for a photo above the floor of the House of Representatives in the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, Ore., Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. A bill Fahey sponsored that was unanimously endorsed by the House would make it easier for homeowners to delete racist exclusionary language from their property deeds. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)
February 15, 2018 - 7:24 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — When Oregon lawmaker Julie Fahey and her husband bought a house, the deed said that only whites could live there unless the person was a domestic servant. Across America, many home owners and buyers of older properties like Fahey are shocked to see racist exclusions remaining on...
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FILE- This Jan. 8, 2018, file, photo shows an existing home for sale in Walpole, Mass. On Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, Freddie Mac reports on the week's average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
February 15, 2018 - 11:00 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates jumped this week to their highest level in nearly four years, a sign that the prospect of higher inflation is steadily increasing the cost of borrowing to buy a home. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate on 30-year, fixed-...
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A board above the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange shows the closing number for the Dow Jones industrial average Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. Stocks are surging on Wall Street as the market claws back some of its massive losses from last week. The Dow Jones industrials climbed 400 points. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
February 13, 2018 - 3:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — After nearly a decade of being all but invisible, inflation — or the fear of it — is back. Tentative signs have emerged that prices could accelerate in coming months. Pay raises may be picking up a bit. Commodities such as oil and aluminum have grown more expensive. Cellphone...
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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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