| Aug 21, 2009
Today's topic: Would a more effective stimulus have been a direct bailout for homeowners facing foreclosure?
The problem: There aren't enough buyers
Point: Edward Leamer
It's been 3 1/2 years since the housing market peaked at the end of 2005, and we...
| Sep 20, 2009
With the cost of helping Los Angeles County's welfare recipients expected to hit $1 billion by the end of this fiscal year, county officials are pushing a plan to shift the burden of some of the most hard-core unemployed to the federal government. If they...
| May 9, 2010
Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House
Alfred A. Knopf: 256 pp., $24.95
In "Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House," Meghan Daum recounts her search for a living space that would allow her to feel at home. In part, she...
| Apr 15, 2012
WASHINGTON — How do you stack up as a potential mortgage candidate in this year's increasingly tough underwriting environment? Do you have the right stuff — credit score, debt-to-income ratio, equity or down payment — to get you...
| Sep 26, 2012
| 8:17 AM
The median price of new single-family homes sold soared 11.2% in August from July, a new record, according to government data.
The gauge hit $256,900 last month, the highest level in more than five years. Compared with July 2011, the 17% jump was the...
| Jul 18, 2012
| 8:02 AM
American builders last month began construction on the highest number of new homes since October 2008, with housing starts jumping 6.9% in another encouraging sign for the housing market.
New building on private properties reached a seasonally adjusted...
| Jul 24, 2012
| 10:03 AM
Housing prices appear to have bottomed, posting their first year-over-year increase since 2007 and fueling more talk of a real estate recovery – at least according to real estate site Zillow.
The site’s second-quarter report shows...
| Aug 16, 2012
| 9:05 AM
U.S. home builders scaled back new construction in July from a four-year high reached the previous month, but applications for building permits jumped to their highest level since August 2008.
Housing starts for single-family homes and apartments slid 1....
| Nov 12, 2012
| 8:01 AM
Fortune 500 paint company Sherwin-Williams Co. will spend $2.4 billion, including debt, to buy Mexican paint business Consorcio Comex as the real estate market shows signs of improvement.
The all-cash transaction will combine the operations of the...
| Oct 2, 2012
| 8:18 AM
Home prices nationwide are recovering, making their largest leap in more than six years in August, according to a new report.
Prices soared 4.6% in August from the same month last year, the biggest year-over-year increase since July 2006, according to...
| Apr 17, 2012
| 9:18 AM
New building activity slowed to a five-month low in March, but fret not: U.S. builders still seem optimistic about the housing market, requesting the most permits for future residential projects in 3½ years.
Permit requests last month for construction on...