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This is why Americans are losing confidence in the housing market
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This is why Americans are losing confidence in the housing market

Owning a home was once a time-honored life milestone. Buying real estate was simply what you did as an adult in America, and for many people...

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Accidental landlords — an unwelcome consequence of the housing market shock
News 4 days ago
Accidental landlords — an unwelcome consequence of the housing market shock

During the bubble years of the mid-2000s, Americans were encouraged, often inappropriately, to become homeowners. As prices spiraled unsustainably...

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Homeowners are sitting on a record $6 trillion in equity but are wary of tapping it
News 5 days ago
Homeowners are sitting on a record $6 trillion in equity but are wary of tapping it

American homeowners have amassed a record $6 trillion in equity in their properties, a figure boosted by surging home prices and a trend of owners...

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Mortgage rates hit 6-week high with housing market at a crossroad
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Mortgage rates hit 6-week high with housing market at a crossroad

Rates for home loans rose to a six-week high as upbeat economic data and a bulging deficit spurred a yield-lifting bond sell-off and big questions...

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Typical household now brings in as much income as before the recession
News 6 days ago
Typical household now brings in as much income as before the recession

The numbers: For the third straight year, real median household income rose, climbing 1.8% to $61,372 in 2017, the Census Bureau reported Wednesday...

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Don’t expect big stock gains for several years, Morgan Stanley warns
News 1 week ago
Don’t expect big stock gains for several years, Morgan Stanley warns

MARKETWATCH FRONT PAGE U.S. stock-market investors hopefully enjoyed strong returns, because it may be a while until a similar environment is seen...

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Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson says renters are getting a raw deal
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Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson says renters are getting a raw deal

Former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson on Tuesday suggested that government policy penalizes renters at the expense of homeowners. “Renters are...

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Opinion: Take care about paying off the mortgage
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Opinion: Take care about paying off the mortgage

A booming economy, interest rates finally rising, and tax cuts creating more disposable income have consumers confident and rushing to the malls....

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What McDonald’s can learn from Chick-fil-A and Subway
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What McDonald’s can learn from Chick-fil-A and Subway

Chick-fil-A and Subway may be private, but they offer important lessons for publicly held restaurant companies, according to Bernstein analysts....

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As conservatorship reaches 10th birthday, another overhaul proposal for Fannie and Freddie
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As conservatorship reaches 10th birthday, another overhaul proposal for Fannie and Freddie

September 6 marked ten years since mortgage giants Fannie Mae FNMA,-0.65% and Freddie Mac FMCC,-0.63% were taken into “conservatorship,” an...

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Opinion: The future of virtual reality is here, as blockchain restores internet freedom
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Opinion: The future of virtual reality is here, as blockchain restores internet freedom

Virtual reality is such an amazing concept. By now, it should be clear to everyone that it’s much more than a gimmick. It offers an alternative — a...

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Tencent invests $1 billion in Chinese real-estate brokerage Lianjia
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Tencent invests $1 billion in Chinese real-estate brokerage Lianjia

One of China’s largest real-estate brokerages is planning to raise about $2 billion from investors including Tencent Holdings Ltd. and private...

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RH waxes poetic, literally, to bricks-and-mortar retail
News 2 weeks ago
RH waxes poetic, literally, to bricks-and-mortar retail

RH, the retailer formerly known as Restoration Hardware, quoted poet Robert Frost in its quarterly earnings statement Tuesday to double down on its...

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Opinion: Millennials have the Social Security blues — and more retirement news
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Opinion: Millennials have the Social Security blues — and more retirement news

Retirement news you might have missed while trying to take a summer break: More chances to save? If you’re like most folks, you haven’t saved...

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Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation support at 38% in poll | Press should start ‘fighting back,’ says Chuck Todd
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Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation support at 38% in poll | Press should start ‘fighting back,’ says Chuck Todd

As Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings begin Tuesday, an ABC News/Washington Post poll finds the public evenly divided, and among...

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Warren Buffett is having trouble selling his house—how you can avoid that same fate
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Warren Buffett is having trouble selling his house—how you can avoid that same fate

Homeowners on the West Coast typically won’t have much trouble off-loading their properties in today’s market. Unless, apparently, they’re Warren...

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The cost of buying a home is rising three times faster than the cost to rent
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The cost of buying a home is rising three times faster than the cost to rent

As the monthly cost of buying a home continues to trudge upwards, renting is becoming a more affordable option across much of the U.S. The monthly...

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‘Virtually perfect’: Lululemon’s blowout quarter has analysts grasping for superlatives
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‘Virtually perfect’: Lululemon’s blowout quarter has analysts grasping for superlatives

Shares of yoga wear retailer Lululemon Athletica Inc. skyrocketed on Friday, as analysts gushed over blowout second-quarter earnings and rushed to...

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Warren Buffett drops price on Laguna Beach house after more than a year on the market
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Warren Buffett drops price on Laguna Beach house after more than a year on the market

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett is slashing the price of his California beach house to $7.9 million, after putting it on the market for $11...

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The road to homeownership: buying a house in Cincinnati
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The road to homeownership: buying a house in Cincinnati

This article is reprinted by permission from NerdWallet. In this series, NerdWallet interviews new homeowners across the country about their unique...

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Top real estate tips from the host of ‘Flipping Virgins’
News 2 weeks ago
Top real estate tips from the host of ‘Flipping Virgins’

Egypt Sherrod has been doing things her way for more than two decades. At 18, she was the host of a jazz radio show. A year later, she became the...

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Which Labor Day sales to avoid (or approach with caution)
News 2 weeks ago
Which Labor Day sales to avoid (or approach with caution)

When Americans aren’t busy firing up the grill for a backyard barbecue or hitting the road this Labor Day weekend, there’s a good chance they’ll be...

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Home sales hit a fresh low in July as housing market looks for direction
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Home sales hit a fresh low in July as housing market looks for direction

The housing market has made little progress over the past year or so, and this summer, the wind officially seems to have gone out of its sails. One...

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Mortgage rates seesaw higher
News 2 weeks ago
Mortgage rates seesaw higher

Rates for home loans crept higher as investors rotated out of safe-haven assets. But with the housing market seemingly out of steam, supportive...

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40% of Americans struggle to pay for at least one basic need like food or rent
News 3 weeks ago
40% of Americans struggle to pay for at least one basic need like food or rent

Many people still struggle to pay bills — even for something as basic as food. That’s the difficult conclusion of a new report released Tuesday by...

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The worst time to be buying the S&P 500 is right now, says this trader
News 3 weeks ago
The worst time to be buying the S&P 500 is right now, says this trader

MARKETWATCH FRONT PAGE It is building up to a cautious day for stocks, with a long weekend ahead and then one of the worst months of the year just...

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Sears’ stock soars as ship-to-store tire deal with Amazon expanded nationwide
News 3 weeks ago
Sears’ stock soars as ship-to-store tire deal with Amazon expanded nationwide

Shares of Sears Holdings Corp. soared Tuesday, after the struggling department store chain said it expanded its deal with Amazon.com Inc., to...

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The road to homeownership: buying a house in Austin, Texas
News 3 weeks ago
The road to homeownership: buying a house in Austin, Texas

This article is reprinted by permission from NerdWallet. In this series, NerdWallet interviews new homeowners across the country about their unique...

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Want to buy a home? You might want to wait
News 3 weeks ago
Want to buy a home? You might want to wait

Home buyers who exercise patience over the next couple years may be handsomely rewarded. In a survey of 100 real-estate economists and experts...

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How to snag the best discounts before Sears and Kmart close more stores
News 3 weeks ago
How to snag the best discounts before Sears and Kmart close more stores

MARKETWATCH PERSONAL FINANCE Consumers should wait before shopping for good bargains. See full story. Want a summary of the top news? Subscribe to...

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