Home buying

FILE - In this June 20, 2018, file photo, an "Under Contract" sign is displayed in front of home for sale in Raymond, N.H. The number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes rebounded a record 44.3% in May after a record-breaking decline the previous month, as the impact of the coronavirus pandemic sidelined both buyers and sellers. The National Association of Realtors said Monday, June 29, 2020, that its index of pending sales rose to 99.6 in May, the highest month-over-month gain in the index since its inception in January 2001.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
June 29, 2020 - 9:53 am
SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — The number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes rebounded a record 44.3% in May after a record-breaking decline the previous month, as the impact of the coronavirus pandemic sidelined both buyers and sellers. The National Association of Realtors said Monday that its...
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Model homes and for sale signs line the streets as construction continues at a housing plan in Zelienople, Pa., Wednesday, March 18, 2020. U.S. home sales jumped in February to their highest level in 13 years, a trend that will almost certainly be reversed as the viral outbreak keeps more people at home. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
June 22, 2020 - 9:34 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Existing home sales in the U.S. plunged 9.7% in May. It was the third straight monthly decline and further evidence of the harm the virus pandemic has done to the housing market. The National Association of Realtors said Monday that the monthly decline pushed sales down to a...
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FILE - In this March 22, 2020, file photo Vice President Mike Pence speaks alongside President Donald Trump during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House in Washington. Pence says the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic is “a cause for celebration,” but a new poll finds more than half of Americans calling it fair or poor. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
June 18, 2020 - 12:31 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence says the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic is “a cause for celebration,” but a new poll finds more than half of Americans calling it fair or poor. The Gallup and West Health survey out Thursday found that 57% of U.S. adults rated the national...
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FILE - In this April 2, 2020 file photo, roofers work on removing and placing new shingles in Warren, Mich. U.S. home-building activity collapsed in March as the coronavirus spread, with housing starts tumbling 22.3% from a month ago. The Commerce Department said Thursday, April 16, that ground breakings occurred last month at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.2 million units, down from a 1.56 million pace in February. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
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June 17, 2020 - 8:38 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — US home construction rebounded 4.3% in May after steep declines caused by shutdowns due to the coronavirus. The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that new homes were started at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 974,000 last month after steep declines in April and March...
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FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2019 file photo, a sign promoting an open house sits atop a realty company's lawn sign in Brandon Miss. Long-term U.S. mortgage rates were mostly steady, Thursday, June 11, 2020, continuing to hover near all-time lows. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reports that the average rate on the benchmark 30-year home loan edged up to 3.21% from 3.18% last week. .(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
June 11, 2020 - 10:18 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates were mostly steady this week, continuing to hover near all-time lows. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the average rate on the benchmark 30-year home loan edged up to 3.21% from 3.18% last week. A year ago, the rate stood at 3.82%...
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A waitress wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus carries out a plate of fish to serve at a seafood restaurant in Marseille, southern France, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. The French way of life resumes Tuesday with most virus-related restrictions easing as the country prepares for the summer holiday season amid the pandemic. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
June 03, 2020 - 9:44 am
The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Wednesday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________________________ TESTING THE WATERS: Businesses are starting reopen...
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This May 22, 2020 photo shows a sold sign in front of a house in Brighton, N.Y. On Thursday, May 28, long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week as the key 30-year home loan marked an all-time low for the third time in the last few months since the coronavirus outbreak took hold. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reports that the average rate on the 30-year loan tumbled to 3.15% from 3.24% last week. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)
May 28, 2020 - 2:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week as the key 30-year home loan marked an all-time low for the third time in the last few months since the coronavirus outbreak took hold. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the average rate on the 30-year loan tumbled to 3...
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FILE - In this April 27, 2020 file photo shows a sale pending sign on a home in Mount Lebanon, Pa The National Association of Realtors releases its April report on pending home sales, which are seen as a barometer of future purchases on Thursday, May 28.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
May 28, 2020 - 9:06 am
BALTIMORE (AP) — April had a record collapse in Americans signing contracts to buy homes, a reflection of the broader shutdown of economic activity in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that its pending home sales index plunged 21.8% from the...
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Model homes and for sale signs line the streets as construction continues at a housing plan in Zelienople, Pa., Wednesday, March 18, 2020. U.S. new home sales fell 4.4% in February with bigger declines expected in coming months as the coronavirus puts a major crimp on home sales. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
May 26, 2020 - 9:38 am
BALTIMORE (AP) — U.S. new home sales ticked up 0.6% in April, a surprising gain amid the coronavirus outbreak that hints at the relative health of potential buyers. The Commerce Department reported Tuesday that sales of new single-family homes rose slightly to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of...
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This combination photo shows Jennifer Salgado, 42, of Bloomfield, N.J., with a pack of macarons, left, and a bag of peas she ordered during coronavirus lockdown. Millions of people have helped online retail sales surge as consumer spending fell off rapidly when businesses shut down. Salgado snapped up 96 macarons from a bulk-buying store, along with 24 pounds of frozen peas. (Jennifer Salgado via AP)
May 26, 2020 - 9:14 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Between technical glitches and food worries, retail therapy and sheer amnesia, something has happened to shopping during the pandemic that can be summed up thusly: rubber chickens. Melissa Jean Footlick bought some while sheltering at home in San Diego with her husband and three...
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