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2000s Were 'Lost Decade' for Middle Class

Household incomes, net worth shriveled

(Newser) - The 2000s were a "lost decade" for America's middle class that left them poorer and more pessimistic than they were 10 years earlier, according to a Pew Research Center study. For the first time since at least World War II, middle-class incomes and net worth declined over the...

Economy Showing Signs of Life
 Economy Showing Signs of Life 

Economy Showing Signs of Life

But it may be too late to boost Obama

(Newser) - The American economy is hardly the picture of health, but more signs of recovery are emerging in time for the closing months of the White House race, the Washington Post finds. New home construction and housing prices have jumped , hiring is up, and the number of people seeking unemployment insurance...

Home Prices See Biggest Jump Since 2005

Growing shortage sends prices upward

(Newser) - House prices had their biggest jump in years in the second quarter of 2012, mainly because of a big shortage of houses for sale, reports the Wall Street Journal . Officials from data firm CoreLogic say it was the biggest jump since 2005, while Freddie Mac, using different methodology, says the...

Home Prices Get Rosier —in Certain Zip Codes

Uneven recovery lifting most desirable neighborhoods first

(Newser) - The housing market's recovery has become a much patchier affair than the boom and crash were, the Wall Street Journal finds. More areas around the country are seeing home sales and prices rise, but while a few markets are seeing a solid recovery, including Phoenix and Denver, an analysis...

Once-Slammed Phoenix Sees Housing Turnaround

Economists say it hit bottom and is beginning to rebound

(Newser) - Few cities got hit harder by the bursting real estate bubble than Phoenix, notes the Wall Street Journal , which points out that prices plunged 55% as the foreclosure rate rose to No. 3 in the nation. Despite those bleak stats—or maybe because of them—the city is now enjoying...

Home Prices Dive, Indicate Gloomy '12

Case-Shiller Home Price Index reverses 5 months of gains

(Newser) - After five straight months of gains through August, many market watchers had hoped home prices were finally trekking northward for good. No such luck: According to the just-released S&P/Case-Shiller Index, home prices fell in 19 of the nation’s 20 largest cities from September to October, bringing the index...

British Homes Now Cheaper Than Ritzy London Parking

There's a disconnect betwee London and the rest of the country

(Newser) - Much like the US, Britain is seeing home prices plummet—well, except in London, that is. There, prices are soaring, thanks largely to foreign buyers. How bad is it? So bad that the average price of a home in the country as a whole has now fallen to around $260,...

Home Prices Up .7%, 1st Rise in 8 Months

Washington DC, San Fran, Atlanta see biggest gains

(Newser) - Home prices in major US cities have risen for the first time in eight months, boosted by an annual flurry of spring buyers. Prices rose in 13 of the 20 cities tracked by the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller home-price index, according to the April report released today. Washington, DC, saw...

Housing Prices Hit New Recession Low

And there's no bottom in sight

(Newser) - The housing industry keeps finding new lows: Today's Case-Shiller price index shows that prices fell in the first quarter to the lowest levels since the crash began, reports the Wall Street Journal . The drop of 4.2%, on top of last quarter's 3.6% drop, is evidence of...

11% of US Homes Vacant
 11% of US Homes Vacant 

11% of US Homes Vacant

Prices set to fall even further

(Newser) - The latest census figures on the housing market make for grim reading for homeowners. Some 18.4 million homes are vacant—11% of the nation's housing supply—and home ownership rates are dropping rapidly, CNBC reports. Prices are down year-over-year in all 28 major metropolitan areas tracked by the Wall ...

Home Prices Up 3.2% Over July 2009
 Home Prices Up 3.2% 
 Over July 2009 

but downturn looms

Home Prices Up 3.2% Over July 2009

July numbers up .6% from June, but demand weakening

(Newser) - Home prices rose in July for the fourth straight month, but many cities are bracing for declines in the year ahead. The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index increased 0.6% in July from June and 3.2% from a year ago. Twelve cities showed monthly price gains. However,...

Obama's Economics Are Working
 Are Working 

Obama's Economics Are Working

Ignore the political crowd, the president's been great for business

(Newser) - President Obama doesn't get much political credit for it, but the numbers show his economic policies have been a resounding success. Since he took office, the S&P 500 is up 41%, credit spreads have narrowed, commodity prices have surged, and housing prices have stabilized, writes Mike Dorning of Bloomberg...

Millions Considering Walking Away From Mortgages

10% of mortgages expected to be underwater by June

(Newser) - The long slide in property values has left huge numbers of homeowners considering just walking away from their mortgages. People start thinking about jumping ship when their home value falls below 75% of what they paid for it, according to new research. Over 5 million Americans are expected to be...

Now's the Time to Buy a New Home
 Now's the Time to 
 Buy a New Home 

Now's the Time to Buy a New Home

Prices and mortgage rates are down—a 'winning combination'

(Newser) - Today's new stats on housing prices yield one shakable fact amid tons of useless information: If you’re in the market for a house, this could be your moment. “Homes are now cheap,” writes Brett Arends. The combination of a 30% drop in home prices since 2005 and...

Home Prices Climb in August
 Home Prices Climb in August 

Home Prices Climb in August

Nearly every major city gets a boost

(Newser) - US home prices rose for the third straight month in August, data released today showed, a key sign for a broad and sustained housing recovery. The S&P/Case-Shiller home price index of 20 major cities climbed 1% from July to a seasonally adjusted reading of 144.5. While prices are...

Home Prices Rise for 3rd Month
 Home Prices Rise for 3rd Month 

Home Prices Rise for 3rd Month

Case-Shiller index shows modest 1.6% increase in June

(Newser) - In another sign the housing market is stabilizing, home prices climbed 1.6% in July, the third consecutive month they have risen, according to the S&P Case-Shiller home-price index of 20 major cities. Though they're down 13.3% compared with this time last year, the year-over-year declines still beat...

Dow Up 30 After Rosy Data
 Dow Up 30 After Rosy Data 

Dow Up 30 After Rosy Data

(Newser) - Stocks closed with modest advances on strong economic data and a drop in oil prices, the Wall Street Journal reports. Advances in second-quarter home prices and a boost in July consumer confidence propelled stock indices to new 2009 highs shortly after the open, but oil’s $2.32 drop moderated...

By 2011, 48% of Mortgages Will Be Underwater

(Newser) - Nearly half of US homeowners will owe more than their house is worth by 2011, Deutsche Bank analysts said yesterday, predicting that the number of such “underwater” mortgages would nearly double from today’s 26% to 48%. Their report stated that home prices will fall another 14% between now...

May Home Prices Post 1st Gain in 3 Years

(Newser) - May home prices rose month-over-month for the first time in almost three years, according to the S&P Case-Shiller Index, edging up 0.4% from April. That still left them 17% lower than they were a year ago, however, the Wall Street Journal reports, with home prices at around 2003...

Home Sales Take Biggest Jump in 8 Years

(Newser) - New home sales jumped 11% in June, the biggest gain in eight years, the Commerce Department announced today, as the supply fell to its lowest level in more than a decade. With mortgage rates and prices staggeringly low—the median home price fell 12%—buyers came out of the woodwork....

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