Home buying

FILE - In this June 19, 2019, file photo a worker carries shingles for a roof of a house under construction in a Brandon, Miss., neighborhood. On Friday, Aug. 16, the Commerce Department reports on U.S. home construction in July. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
August 16, 2019 - 11:22 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The pace of U.S. home construction fell a sharp 4% in July despite strong demand from would-be buyers, held back by a shortage of skilled labor and affordable land. The Commerce Department said Friday that housing starts slipped last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1...
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FILE - In this April 16, 2019, file photo, new condos under construction are being built in vacant lots in a neighborhood near downtown Orlando, Fla. The Federal Housing Administration is changing regulations to make it easier for more first-time condo buyers to receive mortgages. The federal agency released new guidelines Wednesday for the types of mortgages it will insure at condominiums. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
August 14, 2019 - 12:03 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Housing Administration is changing regulations to make it easier for more first-time condo buyers to receive mortgages. The federal agency released new guidelines Wednesday for the types of mortgages it will insure at condominiums. Just 6.5% of the 150,000 condominium...
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Thomas Uhle, grow manager, tends to marijuana plants growing at GB Sciences Louisiana, in Baton Rouge, La., Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. Today was the first day the marijuana, which was grown for medical purposes, was processed and shipped to patients in Louisiana. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
August 06, 2019 - 8:34 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Marine veteran struggling with PTSD and a woman fighting cancer became some of the first people to purchase medical marijuana in Louisiana on Tuesday, as the state became the first in the Deep South to dispense therapeutic cannabis, four years after state lawmakers agreed...
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FILE - This June 20, 2019, file photo shows an existing home is offered for sale in Rutledge, Ga. Weaker home sales trends are expected to contribute to a sharp slowing in the home remodeling market. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
July 29, 2019 - 1:31 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Weaker home sales trends are expected to contribute to a sharp slowing in the home remodeling market. That's the conclusion of a report by Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies. The quarterly report forecasts that spending by homeowners for renovations, expansions...
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In this June 13, 2019, photo construction continues on a new home in Mechanicsville, Va. On Wednesday, July 24, the Commerce Department reports on sales of new homes in June. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
July 24, 2019 - 10:21 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. new home sales rose at a modest pace in June but remained below sales levels earlier this year, suggesting low mortgage rates and a healthy job market aren't encouraging many more purchases. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that new home sales increased 7% to a...
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FILE - In this March 29, 2019, photo, a U.S. F-35A fighter jet prepares to land at Chungju Air Base in Chungju, South Korea. The White House says Turkey can no longer be part of the American F-35 fighter jet program. In a written statement, the White House said Wednesday that Turkey’s decision to buy the Russian S-400 air defense system “renders its continued involvement with the F-35 impossible.” (Kang Jong-min/Newsis via AP)
July 17, 2019 - 4:46 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major break with a longtime ally, the Trump administration on Wednesday said Turkey is being kicked out of an American-led fighter aircraft program because it is buying a Russian air defense system that would aid Russian intelligence. The decision has significant implications...
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In this June 13, 2019, photo a house on the market has a "new price" sign fixed on the realtor's sign in northeast Jackson, Miss. On Thursday, July 11, Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
July 11, 2019 - 5:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates were mostly unchanged this week amid signals from the Federal Reserve that it is preparing to cut interest rates soon. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate on the benchmark 30-year mortgage stood at 3.75%, the same as the...
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In this June 13, 2019, photo a house on the market has a "sold pending" sign fixed on the realtor's sign in northeast Jackson, Miss. On Thursday, June 27, the National Association of Realtors releases its May report on pending home sales, which are seen as a barometer of future purchases. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
June 27, 2019 - 10:11 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans signed contracts to purchase homes in May compared with the prior month, a sign buyers may be ready take advantage of low interest rates and stabilizing home prices. The National Association of Realtors says that its pending home sales index rose 1.1% to a reading...
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In this June 13, 2019, photo a house on the market has a "new price" sign fixed on the realtor's sign in northeast Jackson, Miss. On Tuesday, June 25, the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index for April is released. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
June 25, 2019 - 10:12 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home price gains slowed for the 13th straight month in April, evidence that weaker demand is keeping prices in check even as mortgage rates fall. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 2.5% in April from a year earlier, down slightly from an annual...
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In this June 13, 2019, photo a new home is under construction in Mechanicsville, Va. On Tuesday, June 25, The Commerce Department reports on sales of new homes in May. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
June 25, 2019 - 10:01 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes slumped 7.8% in May, as sales plunged in the pricier Northeastern and Western markets. The Commerce Department says that new homes sold at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 626,000 in May, down from 679,000 in April. During the first five months of the...
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