Mail.com: Real estate https://www.mail.com/subjects/15270-real-estate.html Mail.com - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Mail.com: Real estate https://s.uicdn.com/mailint/8.812.0/assets/mailcom_logo_rss.png https://www.mail.com/subjects/15270-real-estate.html US construction spending slipped in March https://www.mail.com/business/economy/5157598-us-construction-spending-slipped-march.html WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. builders trimmed construction spending slightly in March, one month after building activity hit an all-time high. Construction spending slipped 0.2 percent in March to a seasonally adjusted $1.218 trillion, the Commerce Department reported Monday. In February, it rose 1.8 percent to a record high of $1.22 trillion. The result in March reflected drops i... Mon, 01 May 2017 14:22:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/business/economy/5157598-us-construction-spending-slipped-march.html 2017-05-01T14:22:00Z Fewer people signed contracts to buy US homes in March https://www.mail.com/business/economy/5148356-fewer-people-signed-contracts-to-buy-us-homes-marc.html WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer consumers signed contracts to buy U.S. homes last month as the spring buying season revs up with stiff competition for homes amid lagging inventory. The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that its pending home sales index slipped 0.8 percent to 111.4 in March, from 112.3 in February. Lawrence Yun, chi... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:39:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/business/economy/5148356-fewer-people-signed-contracts-to-buy-us-homes-marc.html 2017-04-27T15:39:00Z Average 30-year mortgage rate rises to 4.03 percent https://www.mail.com/business/economy/5148414-average-30-year-mortgage-rate-rises-to-403-percent.html WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week for the first time in five weeks. The benchmark 30-year rate pushed back above the key threshold of 4 percent. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on 30-year fixed-rate home loans increased to 4.03 percent from 3.97 percent last week. The rate stood at 3.66 percent a year ago and averaged 3.... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:38:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/business/economy/5148414-average-30-year-mortgage-rate-rises-to-403-percent.html 2017-04-27T15:38:00Z US new-home sales climb to 8-month high in March https://www.mail.com/business/economy/5142384-us-new-home-sales-climb-to-8-month-high-march.html WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sales of new homes shot up in March to the fastest pace in 8 months, as more Americans are upgrading their houses in a positive sign for the broader economy. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that new-home sales rose 5.8 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 621,000, the highest rate since July last year. Sales are running 12 pe... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:02:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/business/economy/5142384-us-new-home-sales-climb-to-8-month-high-march.html 2017-04-25T15:02:00Z US home prices rose at the fastest pace in nearly 3 years https://www.mail.com/news/us/5142214-us-prices-rose-fastest-pace-3-years.html WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose steadily upward in February as more homebuyers chased fewer available properties, a trend that many analysts say may not be sustainable. The Standard & Poor's CoreLogic Case-Shiller national home price index, released Tuesday , increased 5.8 percent in February, the most in 32 months. Such strong price gains and slightly higher mortgag... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:52:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/us/5142214-us-prices-rose-fastest-pace-3-years.html 2017-04-25T13:52:00Z US home sales shoot up to 10-year high https://www.mail.com/business/economy/5133502-us-sales-shoot-up-to-10-year-high.html WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans purchased homes in March at the fastest pace in over a decade, a strong start to the traditional spring buying season. Sales of existing homes climbed 4.4 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.71 million, the National Association of Realtors said Friday. This was the fastest sales rate since February 2007. ... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:17:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/business/economy/5133502-us-sales-shoot-up-to-10-year-high.html 2017-04-21T15:17:00Z Regulators sue Ocwen Financial, say it mishandled mortgages https://www.mail.com/business/finance/5131022-regulators-sue-ocwen-financial-mishandled-mortgage.html NEW YORK (AP) — State and federal authorities have sued mortgage servicer Ocwen Financial Corp., saying the company botched the handling of millions of mortgage accounts. The action sent shares of Ocwen plunging more than 50 percent. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Thursday that the accounts Ocwen serviced were riddled with errors throughout... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:44:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/business/finance/5131022-regulators-sue-ocwen-financial-mishandled-mortgage.html 2017-04-20T23:44:00Z Ontario brings in foreign housing tax to cool Toronto market https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5130384-ontario-brings-foreign-housing-tax-to-cool-toronto.html TORONTO (AP) — Foreign nationals who don't live in Canada's biggest city and its surrounding communities will pay an additional 15 percent tax on home purchases under legislation proposed by the government of Ontario province. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne made the announcement Thursday in an effort to cool a hot housing market in Toronto. It would match... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 22:29:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5130384-ontario-brings-foreign-housing-tax-to-cool-toronto.html 2017-04-20T22:29:00Z Average mortgage rate drops to 5-month low https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5130942-average-mortgage-rate-drops-to-5-month-low.html WASHINGTON (AP) — The average U.S. mortgage rate fell below a key threshold of 4 percent this week, its lowest level in five months. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average interest rate on 30-year fixed-rate home loans declined to 3.97 percent this week from 4.08 percent last week. Interest rates on mortgages began to rise after President Donald Trump won ... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:28:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5130942-average-mortgage-rate-drops-to-5-month-low.html 2017-04-20T18:28:00Z US housing starts fell in March; still stronger than in 2016 https://www.mail.com/business/economy/5124396-us-housing-starts-fell-march-stronger-than-2016.html WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. builders broke ground on fewer homes in March, but the pace of construction so far this year remains stronger than in 2016. Housing starts fell 6.8 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.22 million, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. The setback came after strong gains in a warmer-than-usual February. Groundbreakings on new hom... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:28:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/business/economy/5124396-us-housing-starts-fell-march-stronger-than-2016.html 2017-04-18T13:28:00Z US homebuilder sentiment slips, but overall outlook positive https://www.mail.com/business/economy/5121852-us-homebuilder-sentiment-slips-outlook-positive.html U.S. homebuilders are feeling slightly less optimistic about their sales prospects, even as their overall outlook remains favorable. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Monday slipped to 68 this month. That's down three points from 71 in March, when it jumped to the highest level since June 2005. ... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 15:16:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/business/economy/5121852-us-homebuilder-sentiment-slips-outlook-positive.html 2017-04-17T15:16:00Z Can't pay your taxes? Here are 6 ways to cope https://www.mail.com/business/finance/5116988-pay-your-taxes-6-ways-to-cope.html Finding the cash to pay a larger-than-expected tax bill can be tricky, but tax pros say there are ways to deal with the surprise without having to pawn the family heirlooms. 1. Take a deep breath. Though crimes such as tax fraud or evasion certainly can come with jail time, the IRS probably won't send you to prison simply for being short on cash, says Ken Portera, an enrolle... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 16:55:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/business/finance/5116988-pay-your-taxes-6-ways-to-cope.html 2017-04-14T16:55:00Z Average 30-year mortgage rate falls to 2017 low of 4.08 pct https://www.mail.com/business/economy/5113884-average-30-year-mortgage-rate-falls-to-2017-low-40.html WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell for a fourth straight week, with the benchmark 30-year rate marking a new low for the year. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the rate on 30-year fixed-rate home loans declined to 4.08 percent this week from 4.10 percent last week. That brought the rate under its previous 2017 low of 4.09 percent reached on Jan. 19.... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:30:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/business/economy/5113884-average-30-year-mortgage-rate-falls-to-2017-low-40.html 2017-04-13T15:30:00Z Average US 30-year mortgage rate falls to 4.10 percent https://www.mail.com/business/economy/5095946-average-us-30-year-mortgage-rate-falls-to-410-perc.html WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week for a third straight week, approaching their low points for the year. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the rate on 30-year fixed-rate home loans declined to 4.10 percent from 4.14 percent last week. That brought the benchmark rate close to its 2017 low of 4.09 percent reached on Jan. 19. The 30-year rate ... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 15:39:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/business/economy/5095946-average-us-30-year-mortgage-rate-falls-to-410-perc.html 2017-04-06T15:39:00Z Australian leader promises help on housing affordability https://www.mail.com/business/finance/5091824-australian-leader-promises-help-housing-affordabil.html CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister fended off criticism Wednesday over tax concessions for investors in booming urban property markets after a central banker warned soaring housing prices could hurt the economy. Housing affordability has become a hot-button issue with many first-time buyers priced out of the market, especially in Sydney... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 10:18:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/business/finance/5091824-australian-leader-promises-help-housing-affordabil.html 2017-04-05T10:18:00Z US construction spending rose to nearly 11-year high https://www.mail.com/business/economy/5086730-us-construction-spending-rose-to-11-year-high.html WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. developers ramped up construction spending in February to the largest amount in nearly 11 years, led by more building of homes, highways and schools. Construction spending rose 0.8 percent in February to the highest level since April 2006, after two months of declines, the Commerce Department said. Builders are ra... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 14:21:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/business/economy/5086730-us-construction-spending-rose-to-11-year-high.html 2017-04-03T14:21:00Z Average US 30-year mortgage rate slips to 4.14 percent https://www.mail.com/business/economy/5077414-average-us-30-year-mortgage-rate-slips-to-414-perc.html WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week for a second straight week, slipping further from their highest levels of the year reached two weeks ago. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the rate on 30-year fixed-rate home loans declined to 4.14 percent from 4.23 percent last week. The benchmark rate stood at 3.71 percent a year ago and averaged 3.65 p... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:13:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/business/economy/5077414-average-us-30-year-mortgage-rate-slips-to-414-perc.html 2017-03-30T15:13:00Z Contracts to buy US homes hit highest level since April https://www.mail.com/business/economy/5074276-contracts-to-buy-us-homes-hit-highest-level-april.html WASHINGTON (AP) — More people signed contracts to buy U.S. homes last month as warm weather and rising confidence appeared to encourage consumers to look for houses. The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that its pending home sales index climbed 5.5 percent in February to 112.3, its highest point since April and its second-highest point since 2006. ... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:37:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/business/economy/5074276-contracts-to-buy-us-homes-hit-highest-level-april.html 2017-03-29T15:37:00Z US home prices rose in January by most in 2 ½ years https://www.mail.com/business/economy/5070848-us-prices-rose-january-2-years.html WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices jumped in January from a year earlier at the fastest pace in nearly 2 ½ years, as a tight supply of houses for sale spurred bidding wars in many cities. The Standard & Poor's CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index, released Tuesday , increased 5.7 percent in January, the most since July 2014. ... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:22:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/business/economy/5070848-us-prices-rose-january-2-years.html 2017-03-28T14:22:00Z Failure on health bill also hurts prospects for tax overhaul https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5064616-failure-health-bill-hurts-prospects-tax-overhaul.html WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans' failure to repeal Barack Obama's health care law deals a serious blow to another big part of President Donald Trump's agenda: tax reform. Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., say they will soon turn their attention to the first major re-write of the tax code in more than 30 years. But they will have to do it without the momentum of ... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5064616-failure-health-bill-hurts-prospects-tax-overhaul.html 2017-03-26T00:00:00Z US new home sales rise despite higher mortgage rates https://www.mail.com/business/economy/5059270-us-sales-rise-despite-higher-mortgage-rates.html WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans responded to higher mortgage rates by snapping up new homes in February at the fastest pace since July. New-home sales rose 6.1 percent month-over-month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 592,000, the Commerce Department said Thursday. That sales pace is nearly 13 percent higher than February of last year, a positive sign for the housing mark... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:34:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/business/economy/5059270-us-sales-rise-despite-higher-mortgage-rates.html 2017-03-23T15:34:00Z Average US 30-year mortgage rate slips to 4.23 percent https://www.mail.com/business/economy/5059248-average-us-30-year-mortgage-rate-slips-to-423-perc.html WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates slid this week from their highest levels of 2017. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the rate on 30-year, fixed-rate home loans fell to 4.23 percent from 4.30 percent last week. The benchmark rate stood at 3.71 percent a year ago and averaged 3.65 percent in 2016, lowest in records dating to 1971. ... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:25:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/business/economy/5059248-average-us-30-year-mortgage-rate-slips-to-423-perc.html 2017-03-23T14:25:00Z Greta Garbo's former NYC apartment on market for $5.95M https://www.mail.com/entertainment/movie/5058728-greta-garbos-nyc-apartment-market-595m.html NEW YORK (AP) — Film legend Greta Garbo's former longtime apartment in New York City is up for sale for nearly $6 million. The New York Times reports (http://nyti.ms/2nFMaXm ) that the Swedish-born star's seven-room Manhattan co-op overlooking the East River is on the market for $5.95 million, with monthly maintenance of nearly $9,100. ... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:54:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/entertainment/movie/5058728-greta-garbos-nyc-apartment-market-595m.html 2017-03-23T11:54:00Z Day heads home as his mother faces lung cancer surgery https://www.mail.com/scitech/health/5058308-day-heads-mother-faces-lung-cancer-surgery.html AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Six holes into his opening match, Jason Day walked off the golf course. It was the fourth time in the last three years that he withdrew in the middle of a tournament. Only this was different. Physically, he never felt better. Emotionally, he was a wreck. Day walked briskly toward the media center ... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 06:49:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/scitech/health/5058308-day-heads-mother-faces-lung-cancer-surgery.html 2017-03-23T06:49:00Z US home sales slowed in February after surge in January https://www.mail.com/business/economy/5056300-us-sales-slowed-february-surge-january.html WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans retreated from buying existing homes in February, a pullback after sales in January had surged to the fastest pace in a decade. But over the past 12 months, sales are up solidly. Sales of existing homes fell 3.7 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.48 million, the National Association of Realtors said We... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:57:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/business/economy/5056300-us-sales-slowed-february-surge-january.html 2017-03-22T14:57:00Z Missouri childhood home of late Maya Angelou up for sale https://www.mail.com/entertainment/lifestyle/5048826-missouri-childhood-late-maya-angelou-up-sale.html ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis childhood home of late poet Maya Angelou is up for sale. With a listed price of $159,000, the 1,100-square-foot place at 3130 Hickory St. was Angelou's home for her first three years and, after her death in 2014 at the age of 86, was given local landmark status. The three-bedroom, three-bathroom dwelling i... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 17:47:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/entertainment/lifestyle/5048826-missouri-childhood-late-maya-angelou-up-sale.html 2017-03-19T17:47:00Z Average US 30-year mortgage rate rises to 4.30 percent https://www.mail.com/business/economy/5041250-average-us-30-year-mortgage-rate-rises-to-430-perc.html WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week for a second straight week, posting new highs for the year. The markets were anticipating an increase in a key interest rate by the Federal Reserve, which the Fed announced Wednesday. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the rate on 30-year, fixed-rate loans climbed to 4.30 percent from 4.... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:47:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/business/economy/5041250-average-us-30-year-mortgage-rate-rises-to-430-perc.html 2017-03-16T14:47:00Z US housing starts rose in Feb., led by single-family homes https://www.mail.com/business/economy/5040904-us-housing-starts-rose-feb-led-single-family-homes.html WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. builders broke ground on new homes at a faster pace in February, a sign that developers expect solid sales growth this year despite higher mortgage rates. Housing starts rose 3 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.3 million, the Commerce Department said Thursday. Almost all of those gains came from construction of single-family ... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:40:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/business/economy/5040904-us-housing-starts-rose-feb-led-single-family-homes.html 2017-03-16T12:40:00Z US homebuilder sentiment surges to 12-year high in March https://www.mail.com/business/economy/5038162-us-homebuilder-sentiment-surges-to-12-year-high-ma.html U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic about their sales prospects than they have been since the high-flying days of the housing boom. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Wednesday jumped to 71 this month. That's up six points from 65 in February and the highest reading since June 2005. ... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:39:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/business/economy/5038162-us-homebuilder-sentiment-surges-to-12-year-high-ma.html 2017-03-15T14:39:00Z On the bull market's 8th birthday, 8 facts to consider https://www.mail.com/business/economy/5024412-bull-markets-8th-birthday-8-facts-to-consider.html Financial markets were in a pretty dark place on March 9, 2009. The U.S. financial system had been shaken to its core by the collapse of Lehman Brothers a few months earlier, plunging prices for stocks and a freeze-up in lending. That turned out to be the day the stock market bottomed out after that crisis, however, and the beginning of... Thu, 09 Mar 2017 21:10:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/business/economy/5024412-bull-markets-8th-birthday-8-facts-to-consider.html 2017-03-09T21:10:00Z