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Contracts to buy homes hits 2-year high in July

WASHINGTON — Americans signed the most contracts to buy homes in July than at any other point in the last two years, further evidence of a housing recovery. The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that its index of sales ...

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Realities of Real Estate: 1 year later, housing shortage could be real

Exactly one year ago, we speculated that there may be a housing shortage in the not-too-distant future. Last June we wrote: What most people fail to recognize is that our population is constantly growing. Right now, the United States has ...

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Moratorium called for Baltimore City water and sewer liens

A moratorium on placing liens on city houses solely for unpaid water or sewer charges will be introduced Monday night at the Baltimore City Council following a scathing audit that showed widespread problems in the city’s billing system. City Council ...

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Foreclosure activity edges higher in January

LOS ANGELES — Banks took back more U.S. homes in January than in the previous month, the latest sign that foreclosures are accelerating after slowing sharply last year while lenders sorted out foreclosure-abuse claims. Foreclosures rose 8 percent nationally last ...

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Home sales up at end of dismal year, offering hope

WASHINGTON — Home sales in December reached their highest pace in nearly a year. The gain coincided with other signs that the troubled U.S. housing market improved at the end of last year. Analysts cautioned that sales remain historically low ...

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U.S. builders’ outlook falls amid weakening sales

WASHINGTON — The outlook among U.S. homebuilders has been grim all year. This month, it became grimmer. An index that measures builders’ sentiment for their industry fell three points in June to 13, the National Association of Home Builders said ...

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