Home buying

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 - 9:11 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 - 8:45 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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FILE - In a Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 file photo, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform at KAABOO 2017 at the Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds, in San Diego, Calif. A California real estate agent and self-proclaimed “super fan” says he’s extended an offer to buy the Florida home of Petty. Kevin Beauchamp tells The Gainesville Sun he quickly made an offer of $175,000 for the nearly 1,200-square-foot (111-sq. meter) home after seeing the home’s current owner Brandy Clark mention on a Petty Facebook fan club that she might sell it. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)
June 12, 2019 - 9:15 am
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A California real estate agent and self-proclaimed "super fan" says he's extended an offer to buy the Florida home of rock legend Tom Petty. Kevin Beauchamp tells The Gainesville Sun he quickly made an offer of $175,000 for the nearly 1,200-square-foot (111-sq. meter) home...
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FILE - This April 13, 2019, file photo, shows rows of homes, in suburban Salt Lake City. On Thursday, June 6, Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
June 06, 2019 - 11:45 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell for the sixth consecutive week, with the key 30-year loan average running below 4% and at its lowest point since September 2017. The declining rates have been a boon to potential purchasers in the spring home buying season, and the number of...
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June 04, 2019 - 10:39 am
My partner had a goal: He wanted to be a homeowner by 30. A natural at saving, he built up a down payment throughout his mid-20s. I, on the other hand, always struggled to save. That put us in very different financial positions when it came time to buy a house. We were committed to sharing the road...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, photo a price reduced for sale sign sit in front of a home in north Dallas. On Thursday, May 30, Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
May 30, 2019 - 1:45 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell for the fifth consecutive week, tipping the key 30-year loan average below 4% for the first time in nearly a year and a half. The declining rates have been a boon to potential purchasers in the spring home buying season. Mortgage buyer Freddie...
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FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2018, file photo, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson speaks to the audience before President Donald Trump speaks at the 2018 Young Black Leadership Summit in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Government auditors say Carson violated the law when his department spent more than $40,000 to purchase a dining set and a dishwasher for his office’s executive dining room. In a report released May 16, 2019, the Government Accountability Office says the agency failed to notify Congress before exceeding a $5,000 limit to furnish or make improvements to the office of a presidential appointee. The dining set cost more than $31,000 and the dishwasher cost nearly $9,000. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
May 17, 2019 - 3:18 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Government auditors say Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson violated the law when his department spent more than $40,000 to purchase a dining set and a dishwasher for his office's executive dining room. In a report released Thursday, the Government Accountability...
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May 15, 2019 - 8:29 am
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The Bulgarian government says the country's agriculture minister has resigned amid allegations about the misuse of European Union funds. A government statement Wednesday says that while Rumen Porozhanov denies wrongdoing, he has stepped down to avoid attacks against him...
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FILE - This Jan. 14, 2019, photo, shows a sign outside a home that has been sold, in Mount Lebanon, Pa. On Thursday, May 9, Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
May 09, 2019 - 11:20 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates declined this week for a second straight week, reversing the upward trend in April as a lure to potential home buyers. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage fell to 4.10% from 4.14% last week. By...
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FILE - In this Friday, May 18, 2018 file photo, Peter Vance photographs lava erupting in the Leilani Estates subdivision near Pahoa, Hawaii. A year after one of Kilauea volcano's largest and most destructive eruptions, people who lost their Big Island homes and farms to rivers of lava are still struggling to regain a sense of normalcy. More than 700 homes were destroyed in the historic eruption, and most people will never move back to their land. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
May 03, 2019 - 4:57 pm
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — A year after a volcano on Hawaii's Big Island rained lava and gases in one of its largest and most destructive eruptions in recorded history, people who lost their homes and farms in the disaster are still struggling to return to their cherished island lifestyle. More than 700...
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