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Two Bay Area houses underline the housing crisis

You know real estate is out of control when ...<p>A fire-blackened home in San Jose is up for sale at $800,000. Now a Fremont house that’s condemned due …

Housing

Shopping for the best mortgage rate is an essential strategy that can save a homeowner thousands of dollars over the lifespan of a home loan. Shopping for the best mortgage rate is an essential strategy that can save a homeowner thousands of dollars over the lifespan of a home loan.

If you are buying any type of real estate; whether residential, commercial or vacant land, you will most likely need to secure a mortgage. That is …

Personal Finance

Are variable mortgage rates still the best choice for saving on interest?

Variable rates have long been a favourite option for mortgage nerds. In part, that’s because of a 2001 study showing that Canadian mortgage holders …

Canadian Real Estate

The 4 Big Reasons Renters Aren’t Buying Homes

Despite steadily rising home prices and brutal seller's markets in some areas, America's homeownership rate has been inching back up from its 2015 …

Real Estate

When Buying in Cash Pays Off in Real Estate

Paying upfront can ensure peace of mind, convenience and a better negotiation stance<p>High-net-worth individuals might be tempted to mortgage a home …

Real Estate

Pricey U.S. home sales soar as buyers ignore new tax code

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A housing shortage, strong economy and robust demand have pushed many homes in major U.S. cities over $1 million, offsetting buyers' concerns about the reduced benefits of owning a pricey property under President Donald Trump's tax reform, data show.<p>Home sales at $750,000 and …

Real Estate

What do real estate agents actually do to sell your home?

If you see a dapper new suit on a hot Australian Saturday, chances are it’s a real estate agent paying his dues between open-for-inspections. Few can …

Real Estate

Renting a studio in San Francisco will cost you $2,500 a month. Here's what you get

San Francisco studios are renting for an average market rate rent of $2,500 a month. What do you get for the money?<p><b>Well, you get a studio...</b><p>Studios are by definition compact abodes, consisting of one room into which a kitchen (hopefully) and bath (most of the time) have been carved …

Real Estate

Mortgage rates hit their highest point since last month in a 'threatening' move

Buying a home just got a little more expensive.<p>Mortgage rates, which loosely follow the 10-year Treasury, hit their highest level since the end of …

Real Estate

5 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Real Estate Agent to Sell Your Home

Ready to unload your property? Here's how to find the right professional to help you.<p>Whether you want to relocate for work, downsize, or get more …

Real Estate

Road to homeownership gets rockier this spring as rates rise

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Higher mortgage rates are making the already challenging task of buying an affordable home even tougher for many Americans this spring.<p>In metro areas such as Denver, buyers are rushing to close a deal before mortgage rates get too high. In Dallas, some are embracing longer …

Real Estate

A Decade After The Bubble Burst, House Flipping Is On The Rise

Support the news<p>Amid saguaro cactuses and yucca plants, Lauren Rosin shows off a house that she's renovating in Phoenix's Central Corridor, a pricy …

Real Estate

Atlanta housing price gains have (yikes) nearly doubled national average

Report finds latest inventory has dwindled to a scant 1.8-month supply across metro<p>Calling Atlanta home just doesn’t show signs of getting cheaper anytime soon.<p>That’s certainly not unexpected amidst a surging regional economy, but recent statistics have been jolting. HotPad’s inaugural report on …

Real Estate

Quicken claims top spot again for mortgages directly to consumers

Quicken Loans founder and chair Dan Gilbert and top aide Bill Emerson said Tuesday that Quicken ranked as the nation's largest retail mortgage lender …

Quicken

Here is why you are having so much trouble finding a home to buy

For years, prospective home buyers have faced a lack of inventory throughout the United States and in the Washington region.<p>Nationally, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) found inventory has fallen year-over-year for 32 consecutive months and was down 9.5 percent in January 2018 compared …

Real Estate

Can a Buyer Moving In Before Closing Cause Problems?

Buyer Possession Before Closing<p>Proceed with caution when considering early buyer possession<p>Updated January 27, 2018<p>Possession of a home usually …

Real Estate

New York Today: How to Find a Rent-Stabilized Apartment

<i>Good morning on this overcast Tuesday.</i><p>It is the holy grail of New York City living: the rent-stabilized apartment.<p>In these mythical flats, the price of rent is controlled by the city and typically increases at a fraction of the price of similar units on the market.<p>Despite their fabled status, they …

Real Estate

U.S. Housing Starts Top Forecasts on Multifamily Construction

U.S. new-home construction rose by more than forecast in March on a rebound in multifamily starts, giving a boost to first-quarter economic growth, …

Real Estate

Here's how much you'd have made if you bought a home in these cities 20 years ago

In some places around the U.S., house prices have gone up so much in just a couple of decades that the profits off of a home, whether from selling or from renting it out, could make you feel rich.<p>That's what personal finance site GOBankingRates found after looking at the median home value 20 years …

Real Estate

Real Estate Market Is Hot, Except At The High-End: Disruption Coming In the Luxury Home Market

Zillow predicts that 2018 will shape up to be an even hotter real estate market than in 2017 . An analysis conducted by Zillow Research, a division of Zillow Group that operates the Zillow real estate marketplace, found that homes sold faster than ever in 2017 largely due to shrinking …

Real Estate

Condemned house sells for $1.2 million in Fremont

FREMONT — “Home is condemned. Enter at your own risk.”<p>Those aren’t words you generally see on a listing for a million-dollar home. But they failed to …

Real Estate

Ban on New Zealand Home Sales to Foreigners Is ‘Discriminatory’, Says IMF

The International Monetary Fund has criticized New Zealand’s “discriminatory” ban on home sales to foreigners, saying it’s unlikely to improve …

New Zealand

A Family Lives Harmoniously Together in This Captivating Multi-Generational Home

In Sangolquí, Ecuador, architects create a striking Z-shaped home to accommodate two generations.<p><b>Project Credits:</b><p><i>Architecture: Estudio A0</i><p><i>Builder: Carlos Morales</i><p><i>Structural and civil engineering: Aldo Echeverría</i><p><i>Hydro-sanitary engineering: Fernando Salazar C.</i><p><i>Lighting components: Manilec</i><p><i>Lighting</i> …

Architecture

6 Housing Markets At Risk Of Another Correction

The soaring housing markets of the United States, Sweden, Canada, Norway, Australia, and the United Kingdom are at risk of another correction that could turn into a crash in some of these markets.<p>That’s according to recently published 2018 Risk Maps: AON’s Guide to Political Risk, Terrorism & …

Stock Markets

Optimism Among Builders Slides for Fourth Consecutive Month | Business News | US News

FILE- In this Feb. 26, 2018, photo, construction workers work on a new townhouse in Wood-Ridge, N.J. On Monday, April 16, the National Association of …

Real Estate

Value of London flats slashed by Grenfell-style cladding

Home in New Capital Quay, Greenwich, worth £50,000 rather than £475,000, owner told<p>A homeowner in a housing complex in London with Grenfell-type cladding has been told the value of her £475,000 home has collapsed and is now just £50,000.<p>Galliard Homes, the developer of the 11-block complex in New …

Housing

Tougher Lending Standards Put Australia Property on Shaky Ground

A toughening of lax lending standards in Australia is threatening an already-cooling property market.<p>An inquiry into misconduct in the financial …

Finance

Find affordable homes — while you can — at lesser-known neighborhoods

Story by Anya Martin. Photos by Jenni Girtman<p>Kelli Covington and Paul Gumpman almost gave up hope. The couple had spent months searching for a home …

Real Estate

Home prices remain firm despite demand drop

The drop in demand for resale housing brought on by new mortgage regulations (and a brutal winter) has not caused the aggregate price of a home in …

Real Estate

'Cracks Are Starting To Show' In Canada's Borrowing Binge

The new mortgage "stress tests" are hitting the real estate market where it hurts, but they are a badly-needed move.<p>Canada's housing market has …

Canadian Real Estate