Home buying

FILE - This Monday, Aug. 8, 2011, file photo shows the Fannie Mae headquarters in Washington. The Trump administration has unveiled its plan for ending government control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, those are the two giant mortgage finance companies that nearly collapsed in the financial crisis 11 years ago and were bailed out by taxpayers at a total cost of $187 billion, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
September 05, 2019 - 7:17 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has unveiled its plan for ending government control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two giant mortgage finance companies that nearly collapsed in the financial crisis 11 years ago and were bailed out at a total cost to taxpayers of $187 billion. The...
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FILE - In this June 13, 2019, file photo stacks of building materials are stacked up near new home under construction in Mechanicsville, Va. On Friday, Aug. 23, the Commerce Department reports on sales of new homes in July. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
August 23, 2019 - 10:46 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes fell a steep 12.8% in July as higher prices and limited inventory sidelined would-be buyers. The Commerce Department said Friday that new homes sold at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 635,000 units. That's down from a sharply revised upward rate of 728...
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In this Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, photo for sale signs beckon buyers to homes along Park Avenue in Richmond, Va. On Wednesday, Aug. 21, the National Association of Realtors reports on sales of existing homes in July. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
August 21, 2019 - 10:00 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home sales increased 2.5% in July, a sign that lower mortgage rates have produced a spurt of home-buying. The National Association of Realtors says homes sold last month at a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 5.42 million units. Average interest rates on 30-year...
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In this photo taken late Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, homes are illuminated after the sunset in Tasiilaq, Greenland. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
August 18, 2019 - 1:31 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow is confirming that President Donald Trump "wants to take a look at" buying Greenland, although the semi-autonomous territory of Denmark has said it's not for sale. Kudlow tells "Fox News Sunday" that he won't predict what might happen, but...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019 file photo, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to media during a news conference with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri at the State Department in Washington. Even though Pompeo has declared a Senate run to be "off the table" next year, many fellow Republicans in Washington and his home state of Kansas aren't buying it. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
August 16, 2019 - 2:55 pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Even though U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has declared a Senate run to be "off the table" next year, many fellow Republicans in Washington and his home state of Kansas aren't buying it. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is among the GOP senators encouraging the former...
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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 - 8:34 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. housing starts fell 4.0% in July, driven by a decline in the construction of apartment buildings. The Commerce Department says that housing starts slipped last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.19 million units. So far this year, housing starts have declined 3.1...
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August 14, 2019 - 11:41 am
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 has released new guidelines 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 - 6:55 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 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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