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  • Lack of starter homes still a problem for Juneau

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A lack of affordable housing for young families continues to be a problem in Alaska's capital. The Juneau Empire reports (http://is.gd/FHcJLy) four builders updated city officials Monday on the city's housing situation. They were among those who testified last year about...

  • Southern California home prices climb in March

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A research firm says Southern California's median home sale price has hit $400,000, setting a new six-year high. DataQuick said Tuesday that the median price for new and existing houses and condominiums was $400,000 in March, up 4 percent from $383,000 in February and up 16...

  • US homebuilder confidence edges up in April

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. homebuilders' confidence in the housing market rose modestly in April but remained at low levels for the third straight month, constrained by tight credit for home buyers and a shortage of workers and available land. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo...

  • Baton Rouge residential sales growing

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The 2014 outlook for the Baton Rouge real estate market is largely positive, thanks to the thousands of new jobs that are projected to come to the area and an improving national economy. Tom Cook, an appraiser with Cook, Moore & Associates, tells The Advocate...

  • Two advocacy groups enter the battle over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

    The fate of the bailed-out mortgage businesses Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac likely won't be resolved for years, but at least two new advocacy groups are staking out positions in the looming battle over U.S. housing finance. One new 501c(4) organization, the Coalition for Mortgage Security,...

  • Beazer: Closings, home orders down in Jan-March

    ATLANTA (AP) — Beazer Homes USA Inc. said Thursday that completed home sales and new orders fell sharply in the first three months of the year. New home orders fell 9 percent to 1,390 in the January-March period, while completed sales, or closings, slumped 13 percent to 977, the company said....

  • US home market: Few buyers and not enough sellers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Entering the 2014 spring buying season, the U.S. housing market faces an unusual dilemma: Too few people are selling homes. Yet too few buyers can afford the homes that are for sale. "Both sides of the equation are in a funk," said Glenn Kelman, CEO of the real estate...

  • US home market: Few buyers and not enough sellers

    Entering the 2014 spring buying season, the U.S. housing market faces an unusual dilemma: Too few people are selling homes. Yet too few buyers can afford the homes that are for sale.

  • NYC mayor Bill De Blasio's next big push: affordable housing

    that state lawmakers have closed a budget deal to fund prekindergarten in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio is ready to turn to the next items on his sweeping liberal agenda: massively expanding affordable housing, increasing wages for the working class and overhauling the city's recovery from...

  • NYC mayor's next big push: affordable housing

    NEW YORK (AP) — Now that state lawmakers have closed a budget deal to fund prekindergarten in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio is ready to turn to the next items on his sweeping liberal agenda: massively expanding affordable housing, increasing wages for the working class and overhauling...

  • New York City mayor's next big push: Affordable housing

    NEW YORK — Now that state lawmakers have closed a budget deal to fund prekindergarten in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio is ready to turn to the next items on his sweeping liberal agenda: massively expanding affordable housing, increasing wages for the working class and overhauling the...

  • The feds love housing in 160 ways

    The federal government’s involvement in the housing industry — which is between one-sixth and one-fifth of the economy — is “fragmented across 160 programs and activities,” it found in 2012. Through spending programs, the tax code, government-sponsored enterprises and regulations, the...

  • Time to scrap the mortgage interest deduction

    In the coming weeks, Americans will spend an average of 13 hours and $210 to prepare their federal taxes. Beyond the compliance burden the federal tax code imposes, it also distorts economic activity and discriminates against some taxpayers in favor of others. But one of its most egregiously...

  • House Democrats submit plan to end Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

    House Democrats have submitted their own bid to bring an end to the bailed-out government-sponsored mortgage businesses Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, joining House Republicans and two bipartisan groups in the Senate in proposing a broad overhaul of the American system of housing finance.

  • Contracts to buy US homes fell in February

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes fell for the eighth straight month in February, a sign that real estate sales will likely slow over the next few months. The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that its seasonally adjusted pending home...



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