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NYC home prices hit new record

The average sales price for a Manhattan apartment rose to $1.73 million in the fourth quarter, according to New York City real estate brokers.  More

Super luxury Super Bowl rentals

Hotels close to this year's Super Bowl in Arizona have been booked for months. But these super-sized, super luxe, super pricey properties are still available to rent on HomeAway, a vacation rental marketplace.  More

5 biggest threats to the housing market

Sure, plenty of housing experts and economists are expecting the housing market recovery to gain steam in the new year. But a number of factors could still derail the whole thing.  More

What economic equality looks like in America

Money is a constant conversation in New York City. It's not like that everywhere.  More

Why some homeowners don't refinance

As many as 7.4 million mortgage borrowers could qualify for more affordable mortgages, but most don't even apply.  More

Wealthy Russians aren't buying U.S. homes anymore

With the price of oil tanking and the value of the ruble hitting an all-time low against the U.S. dollar, high-end real estate brokers in Manhattan, Miami and other major cities have been losing some of their best customers: deep-pocketed Russians.  More

Housing 2015: The return of first-time home buyers

With rents expected to continue to rise faster than incomes, many Millennials may finally start looking to buy homes next year. What they will find are much more favorable conditions. Here's what to expect in 2015's housing market.  More

10 least affordable rental markets

In most markets, buying is more affordable than renting. But that doesn't mean renting is cheap.  More

Mortgage rates hit a new low for the year

Amid falling gas prices and investor nervousness, the average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate loan fell to 3.8%, a rate not seen since May 2013.  More

Getting a mortgage is about to get easier

For years now, if you didn't have near perfect credit and a hefty 20% down payment, chances were slim that lenders would give you a mortgage. But that's all about to change.  More

New York City's most expensive rental costs $500,000 a month

A tenant is paying $500,000 a month for a six-bedroom suite that occupies the entire 39th floor of Manhattan's posh Pierre Hotel -- an all-time high for a New York City rental.  More

Foreclosure evictions halted for the holidays

Homeowners in danger of getting evicted due to foreclosure are receiving an early Christmas present from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac this year. The two mortgage giants, plus some banks, are putting a halt to evictions for the holidays.  More

New York City's most expensive rental

A full floor rental at the Pierre Hotel is breaking the record for most expensive rental in New York City at $500,000 a month.  Play

The 3% down payment mortgage makes a comeback

In an effort to open up lending to more low-income and first-time home buyers, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced Monday that they will start backing mortgages with down payments of as little as 3% of the home's price.  More

10 hottest housing markets for 2015

As the jobs picture improves, Millennials are finally going to be buying homes in 2015 -- and these 10 cities are poised to benefit the most, according to Realtor.com.  More

Brooklyn is the least affordable place in America

One in five housing markets in the U.S. is less affordable than its historical norm, according to RealtyTrac.  More

Housing guru Shiller: Put your money in stocks

Robert Shiller says renting a home instead of buying one and putting money in the stock market might be a better way for Americans to grow wealth.  More

Buy Tom Cruise's Colorado getaway for $59 million

After nearly 20 years, Tom Cruise is selling his nearly 300-acre Telluride, Colo. retreat which comes complete with a guest house, tennis and basketball courts and a hockey rink.  More

Avoid these over-the-top home customizations

When it comes to home improvements, how much customization is too much? These 8 upgrades could reduce your home's value.  More

Millions of Americans are spending too much on housing

Thanks to rising costs and stagnant wage growth, nearly 40 million Americans are spending more than 30% of their income on housing, according to a survey of by the Demand Institute.  More

Old foreclosure debt coming back to haunt former homeowners

Thousands of former homeowners have gotten blindsided by debt collectors coming after them for old foreclosure debt on homes that they haven't lived in for years.  More

Big, historic homes for a bargain price

Many discerning homebuyers prefer old houses. They were built with craftsmanship and materials rare today with features like wideboard floors, heavy joists and plaster walls.
Here's a sampling of homes from around the country, most priced far below replacement costs.  More

Russians buying up high-end London property

Super rich Russian buyers are streaming back into the London property market, searching for new homes for their millions as the domestic economy falters and currency tumbles.  More

New York's multimillion dollar home sales keep soaring

Billionaires are on a buying spree in New York, with sales of multimillion dollar properties up 120% so far this year, according to CityRealty. And the prices are expected to keep climbing next year.  More

Forget Florida. The best cities for retirees

Seniors are living longer, craving more fulfilling lifestyles and working well into their retirement years and that has upended traditional notions of where -- and when -- we should retire, according to the Milken Institute's second annual Best Cities for Successful Aging report.  More

5 best cities to grow older in

Out of 100 large metro areas, these five cities top the Milken's Institute's "Best Cities for Successful Aging" list based on access to health care, job opportunities, lifestyle factors and more.  More

American Dream homes: Prices in 10 cities

How much does the American Dream home cost? From $2 million in Los Altos, Calif., to $65,000 in Cleveland, here's what you'll pay for a 4-bedroom, 2-bath house, according to Coldwell Banker's annual survey.  More

America's most expensive home for sale -- $195 million

A massive Beverly Hills, Calif., estate with its own entertainment complex, 27-car garage and vineyard has hit the market with a record breaking listing price. Question is: Will it fetch that hefty price tag?  More

Homes are getting harder to afford

Across the nation, fewer homes could be afforded by a family earning the national median income.  More

Angelina Jolie: Mansion tax 'could put me off' U.K. move

A controversial plan to tax expensive properties in the U.K. could keep Angelina Jolie from becoming a Londoner.  More

Justin Bieber's childhood home is for sale

The Bieb's grandma is selling the house where he grew up, along with his bed.  More

Why I have a roommate at my age

Single moms. Retirees. Entrepreneurs. Americans of all ages are doubling up with roommates as rents continue to climb.  More

'The Godfather' home up for sale

The home used in exterior shots of 'The Godfather' has been listed for sale at $2.9 million.  More

Cleveland's plan to destroy nearly 6,000 homes

Cleveland and other cities are destroying thousands of homes in an effort to save local neighborhoods from blight, crime and sinking home prices. In their place have come greenhouses, parks, even vineyards.  More

Own a pricey pied-à-terre? Get ready to pay more taxes

Luxury home sales are slowing as several cities including London, Paris and New York mull plans to tax high-end second homes.  More

China and Qatar buying London properties

London is the top investment choice for sovereign funds in the world, attracting four times more capital than the runner-up, Manhattan  More

The latest trend in housing? Roommates

With rents rising faster than most American's paychecks, finding a roommate to split the bills with isn't just for kids straight out of college anymore.  More

5 luxury amenities rich homebuyers want

Great views and five-digit square footage just aren't enough anymore. Here's what buyers looking to shell out millions on their next home are looking for now.  More

First time homebuying hits three decade low

First time homebuyers account for far fewer purchases than normal.  More

Baby Boomers say they aren't moving anywhere

Instead of flocking to sunny beach havens or downsizing to a condo in the city during their retirement years, a majority of Baby Boomers say they're just going to stay put in their current home.  More

Homes for the homeless...inside billboards

Project Gregory is raising money on Kickstarter to fund a billboard home prototype in Slovakia.  More

Rents are soaring -- and so are evictions

In cities across the United States, millions of people will be kicked out of their homes this year. Some can't afford their soaring rent, others are getting evicted over minor violations by landlords eager to get higher paying tenants in place.  More

Buy your own ghost town. Starting bid: $800,000

Ever dream of owning your own ghost town? On October 28, just in time for Halloween, you'll have your chance. That's when Johnsonville Village in Connecticut will be auctioned off. Starting bid: $800,000.  More

How to avoid homebuyer's remorse

Big purchases often come with big expectations. So it's no wonder that in a recent survey 80% of homebuyers said they regretted at least one thing about their home. Here are ways to improve those odds.  More

Refinancing your mortgage? Opportunity knocks

Concern about the stock market has sent interest rate of 15-year mortgage to lowest level of the year.  More

Six-figure oil jobs hurting home builders

In the oil boom towns of North Dakota, Texas and Colorado there's a big demand for new homes -- but there's no one to build them. That's because construction companies keep losing skilled workers to the oil companies, which are offering big bonuses and six-figure salaries.  More

'I bought a house for $1,000'

Detroit has 80,000 dilapidated properties and 100,000 empty lots. It's trying to get more people like Antjuan Wyatt to buy them.  More

For $65 million, you can buy Miami's most expensive home

Called La Brisa, this 9-bedroom home in Miami's Coconut Grove neighborhood sits on nearly 7 acres with views of the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay.  More

One property insurance claim can hike your premiums by hundreds

File just one property claim to your insurer and you can expect to see your premiums soar by hundreds of dollars in some states.  More

Mortgage rates fall below 4%

World turmoil has caused international investors to dump their cash into U.S. bonds and mortgage backed securities.  More

$547,000 for a parking space in Hong Kong

Forget a sea view mansion. In Hong Kong, parking spaces are some of the hottest properties on the market.  More

'I bought a house for $1,000'

Detroit has 80,000 dilapidated properties and 100,000 empty lots. It's trying to get more people like Antjuan Wyatt to buy them.  More

5 things to consider before tapping your home for cash

With home prices on the rise, more people have been able to tap their home's equity to pay for renovations, consolidate debts or help pay for other big ticket items. But is it a good move for you?  More

Crowdfunding your home renovation: Should you do it?

Some people are relying on family, friends and even complete strangers to help fulfill their real-estate dreams.  More

Why can't Ben Bernanke refinance his mortgage?

Former Fed chairman Bernanke says he was turned down when he tried to refinance his home and that it's a sign tight lending standards are 'probably excessive.'  More

Bank's 'repeated failures' led to 2,000 foreclosures, feds say

While borrowers were trying to save their homes from foreclosure, Flagstar Bank sat on important documents and 'drove borrowers into foreclosure,' authorities said.  More

Why everybody is moving to Texas

The fastest growing cities in the nation are ones with reasonably priced homes.  More

Americans are spending again

More people bought cars, furniture and cell phones in August, a positive sign for the economy.  More

Let your employer get you a cheaper mortgage

Professional services firm KPMG is taking the unusual step of arranging preferential mortgage rates for its 12,000 U.K. employees.  More

Is student loan debt hurting the housing recovery?

Student loan debt is preventing thousands of Millennials and Gen Xers from buying their first homes -- and that is having a big impact on the housing market.  More

London overtakes Hong Kong as city with highest rents

London has overtaken Hong Kong as the world's most expensive city to rent homes and offices as property prices soar.  More

Is the economic recovery real? 3 stats to watch

There's plenty of data out there, but keep an eye on housing, manufacturing and people's spending.  More

For rich people, mortgages are getting cheaper and easier

Big pocketed borrowers are paying lower average rates on jumbo loans and lenders are now requiring down payments of just 10% -- and, in some cases, waiving the mortgage insurance, too.  More

Millennials are staying put at mom and dad's place

Young adults don't seem to be in a hurry to get married, have kids -- or buy a home. In fact, many of them are still living with their parents. And that has pushed the homeownership rate among this group to a new low of 13.2%, according to an analysis of Census Bureau data.  More
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