Mortgage rates are now breaking to new lower territory, and they could stay there for months

The average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage is falling again today, as investors rush into the bond market. Mortgage rates loosely follow the yield on the 10-year Treasury. Lower rates area already igniting home buying.
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Hong Kong is building an $80 billion artificial island to fix its housing shortage

Secretary for Development Michael Wong said in a speech Tuesday that around 1,000 hectares of land would be constructed to deal with Hong Kong's "serious shortage of land supply."
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Meet the man behind Hudson Yards New York

The Hudson Yards mall will appeal to low and high end consumers and aims to go beyond the traditional mall experience. Related Companies Founder and Chairman Stephen Ross, the man behind the mall, sits down with CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin to discuss the ten-year journey. They also touch on the U.S. economy, real estate in New York, the wealth tax and the fall out from Amazon rescinding its plans for a New York City headquarters.
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Get ready to pay more rent, even as home prices cool off

Home prices may be cooling off right now, but rents are heating up yet again. After taking a breather in 2018, rents for both single-family homes and multifamily apartments are now rising at the fastest pace in nearly a year, according to Zillow.
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Real estate mogul weighs in on a proposed tax on multi-million dollar second homes in New York

Howard Lorber, President and CEO of the Vector Group and Chairman of Douglas Elliman Realty, joins "Squawk Box" to discuss the future of New York real estate.
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NY senator makes the case for why he wants to tax multi-million dollar second homes

A plan to tax the rich on multi-million dollar second homes is gaining traction in New York City in order to raise funds for the MTA transit system. State Senator Brad Hoylman (D), who introduced the bill, joins "Squawk Box" to discuss the legislature's interest in the law.
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Are you a homeowner? Here’s how much richer you are now

Strong demand for housing last year kept home prices surging, and that means more homeowners are now sitting on more cash in the form of home equity. Collectively, homeowners with mortgages saw their equity increase by just over 8 percent last year.
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US housing starts jump more than expected in January

U.S. homebuilding increased more than expected in January as construction of single-family housing rebounded after four straight monthly declines, but building permits for these units fell to the lowest level since mid-2017.
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Fire-resistant homes could be answer to California’s growing wildfire problem

CNBC's Diana Olick reports on how the increased risk of wildfires and disaster is a risk to homebuilders. Olick looks at the new ideas in home construction that help houses become wildfire resistant.
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NYC deputy mayor suggests that if women ran firms like Amazon the HQ2 deal might have survived

"Maybe if there weren't all these men running companies we would possibly have different results," says Alicia Glen, outgoing New York City deputy mayor for development.
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Most millennial homeowners have buyer’s remorse, a new survey shows

Millennials have been slow to enter the ranks of homeowners, thanks to the last recession and the housing crash that caused it. Now, as they age into marriage and parenthood, they are buying at a faster pace. Many, however, are regretting it.
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Lendlease: Our core strategy is growing very strongly

Steve McCann of Lendlease discusses the outlook for the company's core business in Urbanization, following the announcement that the firm's Engineering and Services business will be reported as non-core in its full-year results for 2019 and beyond.
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NYC developer: Ironically, many of protested Amazon perks are ‘on the books’ for all newcomers

The political pressure that sunk Amazon's New York City deal was borne out of a lack of understanding of the benefits, says billionaire William Rudin.
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Zillow makes a big bet on flipping homes. New CEO could ‘make this gamble work’: RBC’s Mahaney

"[Rich Barton has] a huge track record" and his return to be the CEO "took the stock up," RBC's Mark Mahaney says. But the internet analyst is still skeptical.
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Chinese real estate is a ‘two-speed market’: Portwood Capital

Peter Churchouse of Portwood Capital says property prices in China's tier three and tier four cities have bounced "very strongly" over the past year, whereas the country's tier one and high tier two cities have been "pretty flat."
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Here’s what a luxury NYC real estate agent thinks about Amazon HQ2

Ryan Serhant, real estate agent and managing director at NestSeekers International, started his career in Long Island City. He is well known as one of the real estate agents on Bravo's "Million Dollar Listings New York." Watch what he has to say about the Amazon HQ2 situation and how his clients are being affected.
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Long Island City will continue growth without Amazon, says real estate brokerage CEO

CNBC's "Power Lunch" team talks with Robert Frank, CNBC's wealth reporter, and Eric Benaim, CEO of Long Island City brokerage Modern Spaces, about how Amazon's decision to pull out of Queens will impact real estate.
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Google will spend $13 billion on U.S. real estate in 2019, expanding into Nevada, Ohio and Texas

Google will expand into Nevada, Ohio, Texas and Nebraska for the first time, adding new data centers in those states and offices elsewhere.
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Australia’s consumer is in pretty good shape: JB Hi-Fi CEO

Richard Murray of JB Hi-Fi discusses the company's earnings report and performance amid the decline in Australia's house prices. He also says he is focused on "managing risk" because he runs a low-margin business.
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Americans are starting to feel better about buying homes — sort of

The share of Americans who say it is a good time to buy a home increased 4 percentage points to 15 percent in January compared with December, according to a monthly survey from Fannie Mae.
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Tax changes driving luxury NYC homeowners to Miami, says broker

CNBC's Robert Frank talks with Citadel's Ken Griffin’s brokers, Tal Alexander and Oren Alexander, about a Miami estate that sold for $ 50 million. It is the most expensive single-family home ever sold in the Miami area, according to people familiar with the deal.

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Home values are rising at the slowest rate in more than six years

Home prices rose 4.7 percent in December, according to CoreLogic. That is the smallest annual gain since August 2012. Prices are still rising because of the shortage of homes for sale, especially on the lower end of the market.
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December pending home sales drop to lowest point in five years, despite much lower interest rates

House hunters signed 2.2 percent fewer contracts to buy existing homes in December, according to the National Association of Realtors. These so-called pending sales are a future indicator of closings in one to two months.
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No softening in Hong Kong’s luxury real estate: Hang Lung Properties

Ronnie Chan of Hang Lung Properties says consumers of luxury goods in Greater China appear to be marching on despite U.S.-China trade concerns, and his company is benefiting from the trend.
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Southern California home sales plunge 20% in December to the lowest pace in 11 years

The housing pain persists in Southern California, as higher costs weigh heavily on potential buyers. Home sales in the region fell 20.3 percent year over year in December, according to CoreLogic. That is the lowest December sales pace since 2007.
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Hong Kong’s short-lived property price decline is just about over, analysts say

Hong Kong's residential property market price decline is just about over. Now, analysts are calling a bottom and saying prices are set to turn upward again.
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Home improvement stocks can get good returns despite fading consumer sentiment: Analyst

Home improvement could soften this year, but a "fairly healthy level" of appreciations can support remodeling growth, G.research's Alvaro Lacayo says.
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This ‘doomsday prepper dream home’ in the Nevada desert is on sale for $900,000 — take a look inside

The round-shaped building has 22 rooms, 16-inch walls and exists completely off the power grid and includes 40 acres of land.
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Housing pledge driven by responsibility, gratitude, says Microsoft president

Microsoft President and chief legal officer Brad Smith joins CNBC's "Closing Bell" to discuss Microsoft pledge of $ 500 million to tackle Seattle's housing crisis. The pledge is the largest in the company’s 44-year history, and, according to the company, is one of the heftiest contributions by a private corporation to housing. The initiative comes as Microsoft and other tech giants that have driven the region’s economic boom face increasing pressure to help mitigate affordable-housing shortages.
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Home prices make smallest gains in nearly 4 years, but rents are hot

The slowdown in home sales and home price gains in most major U.S. markets is causing the opposite effect in the rental market, especially for single-family rental homes. Those rent prices increased 2.9 percent annually in November 2018.
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China’s foreign direct investment into the US dropped precipitously in 2018, data show

Trade tensions, along with pressure on companies from Beijing, have caused a decline in Chinese direct investment into the United States. Still, Chinese home purchases and venture capital funding continue to grow.
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A multibillion-dollar deal is creating one of the world’s largest real estate investment managers

Asian real estate developer CapitaLand said it will acquire Ascendas-Singbridge, which would create one of the world's largest real estate investment managers.
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Manhattan real estate closes 2018 as worst year since the financial crisis

The number of home sales in Manhattan fell 14 percent in 2018, the steepest drop since 2009, according to new data. The median price for an apartment in New York City fell below $ 1 million for the first time in three years in the fourth quarter.
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Here’s a map of all 80 stores that Sears and Kmart are shuttering in March

Sears is expected to close another round of stores early next year, as the bankrupt department store chain now tries to stay afloat via a $ 4.4 billion bid from its chairman, Eddie Lampert.
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Market hasn’t hit bottom but investors can start to ‘nibble’ on stocks, says Bespoke’s Paul Hickey

Investors can start finding some buying opportunities in the market — as long as they have a strong stomach, says Bespoke's Paul Hickey.
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Here’s who the partial government shutdown affects

More than 420,000 federal employees across numerous agencies could continue to work without receiving their paychecks, and hundreds of thousands more could be furloughed, according to Senate Democrats' projections.
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Single-family home construction tumbles – and a top analyst says housing is in a correction

Real estate analyst John Burns points to higher mortgage rates, along with the surge in home prices over the last few years, as the culprit.
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Homebuilders are not getting a bump from lower mortgage rates

Mortgage applications to purchase a newly built home dropped 11 percent in November, annually, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. MBA economists predict that sales of newly built homes in November fell 5 percent annually. 
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Apple’s $1 billion Austin campus is the latest big investment from top tier firms: Texas governor

"Texas is the Alabama when it comes to recruiting in college football. We get to pick the 5-star recruit companies that are coming to the Lone Star State," Abbott says.
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Democratic state senator blasts Amazon’s HQ2 as a PR scam, saying ‘New York fell for it’

"I don't think it's worth providing $ 3 billion and setting a precedent" for other companies to pick the city's pockets, state Sen. Michael Gianaris says.
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Homeowners are seeing the smallest equity gains in two years

The drop in equity gains has been sharpest in the third quarter of this year. In fact, after hitting a record high, the amount of tappable equity fell quarter to quarter for the first time since the housing recovery began.
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Mortgage rates drop to 2-month low—an unexpected holiday gift to housing

Mortgage rates are falling sharply, as investors head to the relative safe haven of the bond market. The average rate on the 30-year fixed has fallen 21 basis points in the past week to 4.73 percent, according to Mortgage News Daily. 
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US mall owners have been slow to change for years. But now they’re trying to embrace it

As 2018 comes to an end, it's been announced that more than 146 million square feet of retail space will be shut across the U.S. in malls and shopping centers, according to real estate research group CoStar.
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Mortgage applications rise 2%, but buyers seem unimpressed by lower rates

While price gains are now shrinking, affordability is still at the lowest level in a decade and proving to be the biggest barrier to housing demand. Sales of newly built and existing homes continue to suffer.
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Trade war’s impact on real estate investment is unclear: Knight Frank

Liam Bailey of Knight Frank says the U.S. housing market is "relatively well placed" compared to other parts of the world. Any impact from the trade war will come through a hit to sentiment, which may slow down demand for real estate, he adds.

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Pending home sales fall 2.6% in October as more buyers are priced out

Expectations for a stronger housing market in October fell short. Pending homes sales, a measure of signed contracts to buy existing homes, fell 2.6 percent compared with September, according to the National Association of Realtors. 
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UK’s largest housebuilder calls on lawmakers to move forward with Brexit and stop the uncertainty

Brexit uncertainty is "unhelpful" for those seeking to buy a home, the CEO of the U.K.'s largest housebuilder by volume told CNBC Thursday.
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Apartments are getting smaller – but renters are paying more

The average size of newly built apartments in the U.S. is shrinking, but rents are still rising. Millennials appear to be more willing to pay for smaller units that are located in urban centers, where rents are highest. 
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Mortgage refinance applications hit 18-year low

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.
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Here are six tax deductions you’ll lose on your 2018 return

Receipt collectors are about to be disappointed. This year marks the first in which the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is in effect. That means many of the tax breaks you claimed on your 2017 return will be off the table for 2018.
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Amazon’s HQ2 in Queens will be ‘square in the danger zone for frequent flooding’

New research from Climate Central and Zillow shows the area could see significant coastal flooding by 2020. By 2050, extreme projections of sea level rise have low-lying buildings under water.
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Homebuilder stocks are getting crushed, but one analyst says the chart looks so bad — it’s good

While some investors are avoiding homebuilders amid rising interest rates that traditionally serve as a headwind for the economically sensitive group of stocks, others say evidence is mounting for a bounce.
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Housing sentiment tumbles to lowest in a year, as more say now is not a good time to buy

Rising mortgage rates and high home prices have fewer consumers thinking now is a good time to buy or sell a home. While consumers are bullish on the economy, fewer said they are not concerned about losing their job. 
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Amazon is reportedly moving into Long Island City, Queens: Here’s what the neighborhood is like

Long Island City, where Amazon is said to build its next headquarters, is a neighborhood going through a a massive transition.
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Home flippers are fleeing the market as their profits shrink

A combination of higher costs and lower demand is putting a chill on the once hot house-flipping market. Following the epic housing crash, flippers bought up distressed properties at bargain prices, fixed and flipped them to residents or investors.
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New lawsuit accuses Trump and 3 of his children of conning ‘thousands’ of people in marketing ploy

The suit says Trump, his children and their company "received millions of dollars in secret payments" from a videophone company, ACN, in exchange for Trump promoting the firm without disclosing the endorsement was paid for. 
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With homebuilding stocks down 40%, investors hope the Fed gets the message and slows rate hikes

If there's a case to be made for the Fed to hold fire on interest rate hikes, it's happening now in the housing market and the stocks that track the industry.
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Trump’s ‘opportunity zones’ are popular with investors, but they might offer less benefit to voters

The Trump administration announced new tax rules to help spur investment in economically distressed neighborhoods. While investors can expect immediate tax breaks, the benefits to voters in targeted neighborhoods are harder to measure.
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Housing stocks get hit hard amid weak data and worries on Wall Street about rising interest rates

Housing stocks fall broadly after analysts at Credit Suisse lowered their ratings and price targets on several companies in the sector.
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Trump claims he has ‘no financial interests in Saudi Arabia’ — but he makes lots of money from it

President Donald Trump's new tweet denying a financial stake in Saudi Arabia comes amid a growing furor over suspicions that the country's rulers ordered the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.
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Thousands line up for zero-down-payment, subprime mortgages

Following the subprime mortgage crisis, low-income borrowers with low credit scores were locked out of homeownership. Now a major player in the subprime crisis is backing new loans to the same borrowers but with a far different product. 
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Rising prices and interest rates are a ‘one-two punch’ to homebuyers, Lennar chairman says

"Of course, we respect, like many, the independence of the Fed, but at the same time, would we like them to slow down the pace? Of course we would," Lennar Executive Chairman Stuart Miller said.
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The economy’s not as strong as the numbers indicate, says Starwood Capital Group CEO Barry Sternlicht

Jim Cramer sits down with Barry Sternlicht, chairman and CEO of Starwood Capital Group, amid a vigorous sell-off to hear his take on the U.S. economy.
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Weekly mortgage applications fall 1.7% as interest rates move above 5%

Extremely weak demand for mortgage refinances has been driving the overall drain on mortgage lending. Refinance volume fell another 3 percent last week and was 32 percent lower than a year ago.
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Mortgage fraud is getting worse as more people lie about their income to qualify for loans

Mortgage fraud risk jumped more than 12 percent year over year at the end of the second quarter, according to CoreLogic, which measures six fraud indicators: identity, income, occupancy, property, transaction and undisclosed real estate debt.
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