Home buying

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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FILE - This Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, file photo shows a "House for Sale by Owner" sign in a yard in Fort Washington, Pa. On Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, the National Association of Realtors reports on sales of existing homes in November. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
December 20, 2017 - 10:00 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans purchased homes at the fastest pace in nearly 11 years, as sales climbed 5.6 percent in November. The National Association of Realtors says sales of existing homes rose last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.81 million units. Home sales were last this...
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FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2017, file photo, Dustin Brinkerhoff, owner of Brinkerhoff Custom Construction, walks with boards to put in place as a temporary safety guard rail at a worksite of a future home in Mapleton, Utah. On Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo releases its December index of builder sentiment. (Isaac Hale/The Daily Herald via AP, File)
December 18, 2017 - 10:44 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic than they have in nearly two decades. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Monday rose five points to 74 this month. That's the highest reading since July of 1999, more than 18 years...
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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2017, file photo, Boston Red Sox new manager Alex Cora poses in Fenway Park following an introductory news conference in Boston. The Boston Red Sox held a Christmas carnival at Fenway Park on Saturday, Dec. 16, for fans who — like their favorite team — still have some shopping to do. Cora said he wasn't worried about his bosses filling the gap in the lineup. There's no deadline in the offseason," Cora said. "When we get to Feb. 16, we're going to have a good baseball team." (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
December 16, 2017 - 3:27 pm
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox held a Christmas carnival at Fenway Park on Saturday for fans who — like their favorite team — still have some shopping to do. Thousands of people lined up in 20-degree temperatures to visit the ballpark and have the chance to buy tickets to some home games. There...
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Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) dunks against Los Angeles Lakers' Larry Nance Jr. (7) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
December 15, 2017 - 7:47 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — Lonzo Ball got an up-close look at the biggest baller of them all. LeBron James recorded his 59th career triple-double in front of Ball and his brothers, Kevin Love scored 28 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers won for the 16th time in 17 games, 121-112 over the Los Angeles Lakers...
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