Risk tracker RMS predicts up to $5 billion in insured losses from Hurricane Florence

RMS' estimations include property damage and business interruption in residential, commercial, industrial and automobile businesses while factoring in post-event loss amplification.
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Weekly mortgage applications rise 1.6% as interest rates hit a 7-year high

Total mortgage application volume increased 1.6 percent last week compared with the previous week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's seasonally adjusted report.
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Booking vacation to Bermuda vs. a new kitchen: Here’s how some people misuse their home equity loan

No, you should not use that home equity line of credit to fund your vacation to Bermuda. You also shouldn't use it to pay for the utilities. 
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Trump’s latest Chinese tariffs are a $1 billion tax on housing

U.S. homebuilders are faced with rising costs for land, labor and materials, but a recent drop in lumber prices helped hold sentiment at a high level. Builder sentiment was unchanged in September. 
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The real reason Amazon’s HQ2 will be near Washington, D.C.

If the history of corporate relocations teaches us anything, it's that CEOs often move their companies near their homes. After buying The Washington Post in 2013, Bezos bought the most expensive home in Washington, D.C., paying $ 23 million.
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Take my Trump Tower apartment instead of my money, Manafort tells Mueller

Paul Manafort is forfeiting an estimated $ 46 million in real estate properties and cash as part of his plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller. The properties include residences in New York City and the Hamptons. 
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Florence’s first wave has potential to cause $5 billion in property damage

An estimated 250,000 homes in North Carolina will likely be affected, with the bulk of the damage in that state. Across both states, Florence could cause $ 3 billion to $ 5 billion in insured property losses from wind and storm surge, according to CoreLogic.
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Warning sign: The epicenter of the housing bust is booming again

The recovery for the middle class in Northern Las Vegas has been an uneven process, and the rate in which housing prices are increasing are making many communities no longer affordable for some, The New York Times reports. 
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The $1 billion price cut: Luxury real estate gets slashed

The new federal tax law, which limits deductions of state and local taxes, is also putting pressure on real-estate in high-tax states. And foreign buyers, who were driving some of the highest-priced sales in 2014 and 2015, have pulled back. 
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A focus on ‘affordable quality’ has helped amid housing market slowdown, says property company CEO

Mark Steinert, CEO of Australian property company Stockland, says the company has been largely insulated from the slowing down of the housing market in Australia.
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The housing recovery isn’t over, it just feels like it is

July sales reports for both new and existing homes fell short of expectations and have been weakening for several months. Some are raising red flags that the nation's housing market is in trouble, but it isn't.
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Japan is still rebounding from the Global Financial Crisis, how long will it take before you see your investment returns?

Patience is the name of the game in Japan, says Ed Rogers, CEO of Rogers Investment Advisors.
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HUD files discrimination complaint against Facebook

CNBC's Seema Mody reports on the Department of Housing and Urban Development filing a complaint against Facebook for violating the Fair Housing Act by allowing landlords and home sellers to use its advertising platform to engage in housing discrimination.
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Homebuilder sentiment falls to the lowest point in almost a year as affordability concerns intensify

While sentiment is still relatively high, builders are increasingly concerned over rising home prices and material costs.
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Millennials are still crashing with their parents despite the strong economy

The number of millennial homeowners has fallen sharply since 2000 — a surprising statistic given that the economy has since recovered from the great recession, Bankrate reports. 
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Zillow downgraded by Bank of America on ‘greater risk’ to profits from adding mortgage lending

Bank of America Merrill Lynch lowers its rating to neutral from buy for Zillow shares, citing increasing concerns over its business model shift to home selling and mortgage lending.
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Trump legal defense fund raised more than $200,000, spent zero on legal work: Reports

The Patriot Legal Expense Fund Trust from the beginning of 2018 through the end of June spent more than $ 42,000 on "insurance" from an Alabama-based risk management company, and another $ 6,500 on accounting services from a large accounting firm.
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Currency controls impact Chinese buyers’ interest in Seattle housing: Real estate expert

Skylar Olsen, Zillow Director of Economic Research, and Stephen Saunders, Coldwell Banker BAIN managing broker, join the 'Power Lunch' team to discuss Chinese housing buyer activity in Seattle.
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Seattle housing market is under pressure as Chinese buying ‘dries up’

The Seattle housing market has benefited greatly from strong Chinese buyer demand, but now weakness in the Chinese yuan, as well as tighter restrictions on money leaving China, are cutting into that demand. 
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Rising Risks: More intense flash floods hit overdeveloped real estate, destroying small-town America

A historic town in Maryland, barely a blip on the map, is a blueprint for developing disaster: real estate development in the face of increasingly wet weather.
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More bad housing news out of California: San Francisco Bay Area June home sales plummet as prices surge

The median price of a Bay Area home sold in June hit $ 875,000, up 12.9 percent compared with June 2017. That is the highest price on record. Annual price gains over the last six months were twice what they were a year ago.
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US housing market needs more supply to tame prices: Expert

U.S. home sales fell for a third straight month in June but a shortage of supply pushed up house prices to a record high, sidelining some potential buyers. Lawrence Yun from National Association of Realtors weighs in.
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Student, senior, storage real estate could withstand Fed’s interest rates

Chris Merrill, Harrison Street Real Estate CEO, discusses the impact the Federal Reserve could have on the real estate industry if it continues to raise interest rates.
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Cramer’s take on retail REIT stocks: Their ‘remarkable comeback’ might not be worth your cash

Jim Cramer says the retail resurgence is boosting business at affiliated real estate investment trusts, but says he's not enthusiastic about REIT stocks just yet.
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Airbnb condemns New York City’s ‘bellhop politics,’ threatens legal retaliation

In advance of a City Council vote on Wednesday that will impose strict regulation on Airbnb in NYC,  policy and public affairs head Chris Lehane launched into an impassioned diatribe.
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Homebuyers fuel jump in mortgage applications, as more listings finally emerge

After falling for two straight weeks, mortgage application volume rose 2.5 percent last week, seasonally adjusted, compared with the previous week. The increase was driven entirely by purchase applications.
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Want to buy a house? How long you’ll have to save depends on where you live

For the average renter buying the median-priced home in America, it will take about 6½ years to save for a 20 percent mortgage down payment. But it could take more than two or three decades in some places.
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The housing shortage may be turning, warning of a price bubble

The supply of homes for sale in the second quarter of 2018, the all-important spring market, rose at three times the rate of the same period last year, according to Trulia, a real estate listing and research company.
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Homeowners are sitting on a record amount of cash at $5.8 trillion – but still not tapping it

Homeowners are gaining thousands of dollars in available equity to tap, but they are taking out very little. It may be that they don't know how much they have or that they are generally more conservative after the last housing crash.
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San Francisco house prices explode in the first half of 2018 as tech boom shows no signs of slowing

The average price of a house in San Francisco grew by $ 205,000 in the first half of 2018, according to data from the MLS compiled by local real estate agency Paragon.
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Manhattan real estate has worst second quarter since financial crisis

A huge pipeline of new condos,  a dwindling number foreigner buyers, volatile stock markets and tax changes that make New York less attractive may be hurting Manhattan real estate sales. 
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New home sales growth concentrated in more affordable south: Expert

Patrick Newport, IHS Markit executive director of U.S. economics, and Susan Wachter, University of Pennsylvania Wharton real estate professor, discuss the jump in new home sales in May. All the growth in new home sales is in the south where housing is affordable.

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Here’s a new idea to solve San Francisco’s housing squeeze: Prefabricated apartment buildings

You've heard of prefabricated homes. Now, developers in California are using that concept to prefab whole apartment buildings as a quick-build solution to the state's housing squeeze, the New York Times reports.
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Nearly half of San Francisco Bay Area voters plan to leave in the next few years

Lack of housing and egregious commutes are forcing San Francisco Bay residents out of their homes and seeking states with lower taxes, according to the San Francisco Business Times.
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Rising Risks: Waterfront real estate in Boston rises in the face of stronger storms

Billions of dollars in new development is going up in some of the riskiest locations. Some developers are putting climate resilience front and center, while others are putting their projects and investors at risk.
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Facebook says it has to fix pricey housing ‘if we’re going to remain a company in Silicon Valley’

Investors have called for better transparency — and in some cases, better leadership — after reports of widespread abuse on the platform.
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It will be months before lava from Hawaii volcano can be removed from neighborhoods

Even once the lava settles, nearly 2,000 people will have to wait for months before returning home, as there is no estimate for when the volcano will return to normalcy, USA Today reports.
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Central London property is attracting new buyers from Asia: Northacre

Asian demand for high-end central London property is coming from second-tier cities in China and countries such as Thailand too, says Niccolo Barattieri di San Pietro of Northacre.
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Sylvester Stallone, Pitbull headline a bizarre get-rich-quick expo in Toronto

Canada's property market is struggling in places, but that didn't stop the barrage of get-rich-quick messages at a bizarre real estate expo in Toronto featuring Sylvester Stallone and Pitbull, the Financial Times reports.
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CBRE Group CEO: In my whole career, ‘we’ve never been this deep into an expansion and had so little vacancy’

Jim Cramer sits down with CBRE Group President and CEO Bob Sulentic to get his take on the real estate market and how his company is leveraging big data.
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Peace talks ignite land buying frenzy along South Korea’s fortified border

With North Korea pledging to reduce tensions and renew ties with its southern neighbor, demand for property around the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is surging.
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Whoops! Jared Kushner made even more mistakes in his federal filings

Jared Kushner keeps filing the wrong information about two of his loans borrowed from Bank of Internet, which is under federal investigation. The disclosure form has been updated at least 40 times in regards to his properties in Brooklyn, ProPublica reports.
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Bank of Internet, which had been under federal investigation, appears in multiple Kushner deals

A bank under federal investigation unitl last year played a role in two recent real-estate transactions involving Jared Kushner’s family company, ProPublica reports.
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March home prices make their biggest jump in 4 years—and half of the biggest housing markets are now overvalued

March home prices have surged 7 percent higher and now half of the nation's largest housing markets are considered overvalued.
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Nonprime time

Subprime mortgages were home loans made to borrowers with weak credit and high debt. The default of many of those risky mortgages was a major cause of the financial crisis. Ten years later, they’re back, as “nonprime” loans. We ask Redfin Chief Economist Nela Richardson if the risk has returned.
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Kushner Cos. is subpoenaed by the feds following a report the company filed dozens of false documents

The Kushner Cos. confirmed it was subpoenaed by for information related to an Associated Press report that the company filed dozens of false documents about its buildings in New York City.
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Amazon reveals why it wasn’t interested in St. Louis

Amazon officials told leaders at ACBJ that the lack of a "blueprint for talent" was one of the reasons the e-commerce giant didn't choose St. Louis region for its second headquarters, the St. Louis Business Journal reports.
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More tech workers can’t afford to live where they work — and neither can teachers and first responders

Teachers, first responders, restaurant workers, and programmers have the hardest time affording a home near their jobs.
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This $18M beach house is the ultimate Southern California getaway

Views in every room give this $ 18M beach house it's unique appeal. From the living room to the movie room, you'll never miss a sunset again, no matter where you're sitting. All New Secret Lives of the Super Rich Wednesday 10P ET/PT
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Donald Trump Jr. pushed ‘blatantly illegal’ project In India, former official says

This week's Trump, Inc. podcast from ProPublica dives into Trump Jr.'s real estate deals in India, where corruption in the real estate industry is endemic.
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‘Real estate is a way out of the ‘hood’: A-Rod and J-Lo are teaching kids about realty and investing

"Real estate is a way out of the 'hood," said Alex Rodriguez, who is backing a Bronx project designed to help kids learn about real estate and investment.
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Nationwide weakness: Pending home sales drop 4.7% in January, hitting lowest point in nearly 4 years

The housing recovery appears to be making a U-turn as mortgage rates rise amid a critically low supply of homes for sale.
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Quicken Loans CEO on housing market concerns

Jay Farner, Quicken Loans CEO, discusses where he sees the biggest risks to housing as interest rates rise ahead of the spring buying season. Seventy-percent of people reaching out to us are first time homebuyers, says Farner.
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Middle East real estate tycoon warns of a rocky 2019 — but says region is ripe for investment

A mogul of Middle East real estate development, Emaar Properties Chairman Mohamed Alabbar, said that the region has plenty of development opportunities despite geopolitical tensions.
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Former MLB all-star A-Rod breaks down a new $10 million investment

Former Major League Baseball star Alex Rodriguez and Lane LaMure, AROD Corp chief investment officer, discuss the retired slugger's $ 10 million investment in the real estate space and green energy.
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London’s ‘almost toxic’ housing market might not give investors the returns they are looking for

London housing has become less attractive for investors as they see limited room for prices to pick up in the U.K.'s expensive capital city, according to analysts.
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