| Sep 30, 2012
Dear Liz: My former employer is offering the one-time opportunity to receive the value of my pension benefit as a lump-sum payment. The other option is to leave the money where it is and get a guaranteed monthly check from a single life annuity when I...
| Oct 25, 2012
| 8:25 AM
Signed contracts to buy previously owned homes rose in September, but not by much, according to a trade group report.
Pending sales inched up 0.3% to 99.5 from 99.2 in August, according to an index of pending sales from the National Assn. of Realtors....
| 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...
| Apr 30, 2012
| 12:59 PM
The homeownership rate in the U.S. fell to 65.4% in the first quarter, hitting a 15-year low amid still-high foreclosure rates and a stronger market for rents.
The rate is lower than the 66% from the fourth quarter and the 66.4% from the first quarter of...
| May 8, 2012
| 12:56 PM
More homeowners are fixing up their bathrooms – not because they want to increase the investment value of their properties, but because more people are staying in their homes for longer periods of time.
Hence the demand for repairs and replacements...
| Sep 27, 2012
| 9:02 AM
After hitting a two-year high, pending sales of previously occupied homes fell in August below the threshold considered healthy, according to a trade group.
An index of signed contracts had hit 101.9 in July, reaching its highest point since home...
| Feb 8, 2012
In a battle of the beach cities, Hermosa Beach was the big winner last year where median home prices were concerned and Malibu the biggest loser.
But first appearances can be deceiving. Los Angeles County luxury communities that showed the most price...
| Sep 4, 2012
| 8:19 AM
Nationwide home prices shot up 3.8% in July, making their largest year-over-year leap since 2006, according to real estate data provider CoreLogic.
The gain marks the fifth straight rise in the gauge, part of a positive swing following a year and a...
| Feb 24, 2012
| 12:53 PM
More home-buyers turned to older homes in January, pushing sales of new homes down 0.9% in their first drop in five months.
Sales of new residential properties slipped nationally to a seasonally adjusted rate of 321,000 from December’s 324,000 --...
| May 30, 2012
| 9:35 AM
Pending home sales — the measure of how many Americans signed contracts to buy previously owned homes — tumbled last month in the steepest fall in more than a year.
The index of resales slid 5.5% in April after gaining 3.8% in March to nearly...
| May 30, 2012
| 9:05 PM
More than a quarter of U.S. homes sold in the first quarter were bank-owned or in pre-foreclosure, according to a new report from RealtyTrac.
That’s 233,299 residential properties, 26% of all sales, according to the Irvine-based data tracker....