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The presidency of Donald Trump has indirectly helped the real estate market in South Florida, Miami property magnate Gil Dezer told CNBC on Thursday. Dezer, who runs his billionaire family’s real estate empire, said prices of his firm’s Trump-branded properties in Florida have been pumped up by the president’s popularity there. “We shouldn’t forget that
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Hello, San Antonio! Seniors residing in this Texas city have the have the largest non-mortgage debt balances. Those were the findings from a study by LendingTree. The site, an online loan marketplace, analyzed the data of more than 75,000 of its users. Excluding mortgages, residents of San Antonio between 65 and 70 years of age
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Surging demand and strong occupancy in the nation’s apartment market is “surprising” experts who say the continued strength is “unexpected.” Just a year ago, as dozens of cranes swarmed over major U.S. cities, there was concern that the rental apartment market was overheated and overbuilt. Apartment absorption, which is the rate at which new units
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Japan has an increasing number of vacant homes — a problem that’s set to persist because of an aging and shrinking population that has left many towns and villages empty. “Japan faces significant economic and social impact effects from demographic (aging) over the next three decades,” Rajiv Biswas, Asia-Pacific chief economist at IHS Markit, wrote
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If you were hoarding receipts in a shoebox with the hope of claiming a big break on your 2018 taxes, prepare to be disappointed. That’s because the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act placed steep limits on itemized deductions, including lesser-known breaks for the fees you pay your tax preparer and unreimbursed employee business expenses. The
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With no major move in interest rates and continued weakness in home affordability, there was not a lot of incentive for homebuyers to make a move last week, and there was even less for homeowners looking to save money on their mortgages. Total mortgage application volume moved 0.1 percent lower last week from the previous
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Rising mortgage rates and continued home price growth are hurting affordability and fast becoming a toxic cocktail for the nation’s homebuilders. Sentiment among homebuilders dropped 8 points in November to 60 in the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. That is the lowest reading since August 2016, but anything above 50 is
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KB Home shares fell 18 percent on Thursday, headed for its worst day of trading since August 1992. The Los Angeles-based homebuilding company provided lower than expected guidance for its fourth quarter results. Credit Suisse, Wells Fargo, Barclays and Wedbush all slashed their price targets on KB Home stock. Bank of America Merrill Lynch both
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A rough combination of higher costs and lower demand is putting a chill on the once-red-hot house flipping market. Following the epic housing crash, flippers poured in, buying up distressed properties at bargain prices, fixing them up and flipping them either to residents or to other investors. That continued for years, but now the math
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Bank of America Merrill Lynch downgraded homebuilder stocks Toll Brothers, PulteGroup and NVR as the investment bank lowered its homebuilding estimates for 2018 and 2019. “This morning BofA Merrill Lynch’s US economics team lowered its 2018-2019 housing starts and new home sales forecasts and thus we slightly temper our macro housing assumptions,” analyst John Lovallo
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Other than watching reports of rising interest rates, mortgage lenders and brokers probably weren’t very busy last week. Mortgage application volume fell 1.7 percent for the week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s seasonally adjusted report. Volume was 15 percent lower compared with a year ago. Extremely weak demand for mortgage refinances has been driving
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