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Peak Season for House Hunting in Each State

As winter's end approaches, the housing market wakes up. All key measures of housing activity -- searches, prices, starts, sales, and inventories -- typically hit their annual lows in December or January. But at the start of each year, would-be buyers come out of hibernation first: search behavior starts to pick up in... Continue Reading »

New Home Sales Dip, But Beat Expectations

WASHINGTON -- Sales of new homes dipped in January but the final quarter of 2011 was stronger than first estimated. The Commerce Department said Friday that new-home sales fell 0.9 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 321,000 homes. That followed four straight months of gains in which home sales rose... Continue Reading »

Buy vs. Rent: Top Tips for Your Big Decision

When Dr. Alexis Roettinger returned last year to Newport, R.I., she knew it was worth it to buy a house. After completing her medical residency in Buffalo, N.Y., she had landed a new job at the local hospital in the seaside city where she grew up. Roettinger, 35, knew she'd be staying a while. To save money for a down... Continue Reading »

Construction Spending Continues to Slide

Construction spending in January fell to its lowest point in five months, thanks largely to weak private investment – a less-than-optimistic sign for housing market hopefuls. January construction spending slipped 0.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted rate of $791.8 billion, down from $797.6 billion in December,... Continue Reading »

Buying a House: Take Your Time This Spring

Spring is near, which means the official home-buying season is upon us. But buying a house this spring might be more complicated than most. Joseph Lazzaro of our sister site, DailyFinance.com, explains why you might want to postpone your buying decsion for a couple months. If you're in the market for a home this season,... Continue Reading »

Best Black Friday Deal? A New Home

Come Black Friday, it's usually flat-screen TVs and high-tech appliances that consumers covet. But an article from Tara-Nicholle Nelson, a finance writer at our sister site, WalletPop, reminds us that the holiday season is also the perfect time to start house-hunting. With the winter selling lull just around the corner,... Continue Reading »

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