| Oct 29, 2013
| 11:55 AM
WASHINGTON -- The head of the Federal Housing Administration, which recently received $1.7 billion in its first-ever bailout, said the agency was headed in the right direction, as she faced intense Republican criticism during a lengthy congressional...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 11:52 AM
Home prices and sales fell last month in the Bay Area as the tech-rich region mirrored a cooling trend elsewhere within the state.
The median home price in the nine-county region fell 1.9% from August to $530,000, while sales dropped 17.1% -- a...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 4:14 PM
Is the government shutdown preventing you from buying or selling a home?
The closure of many government agencies is threatening deals because people can't get loans or crucial documents. Are you one of them?
Are you having trouble getting a loan...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 2:31 PM
New California foreclosure filings tumbled during the third quarter, as a stronger economy continued to heal the housing market.
Notices of default fell 21.1% from the second quarter and 58.6% from the same period last year, research firm DataQuick said...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 8:18 AM
Led by positive data on sales of new single-family housing, home-builder confidence ticked up in December, reaching its highest reading in four months.
The gauge of the National Assn. of Homebuilders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index reached 58 last...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 6:15 PM
WASHINGTON — More than five years after the government seized Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, taxpayers are close to breaking even on the controversial bailouts of the mortgage finance giants.
The companies said Thursday that they would make another...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 6:26 PM
The congressional incompetence that shut down our federal government last month hurt the little guy in more ways than many of us probably could have imagined.
The shutdown disrupted the lives of people ranging from Alaskan crab fishermen to eager...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 2:30 AM
By Ilyce Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin
The New Year is always a time for Americans to vow to eat less and save more. After all, who doesn't want to be thinner and richer next year?
But a tradition of this column is to offer New Year's resolutions for...
| Nov 24, 2013
| 5:00 AM
WASHINGTON — For the growing numbers of home purchasers who care about energy efficiency, it's the ultimate "green" goal: Lenders should recognize the net savings that energy improvements provide to property owners and take them into account when...
| Nov 17, 2013
| 5:00 AM
WASHINGTON — Haven't we seen this movie before? On Capitol Hill for the second year in a row, key federal tax assistance for homeowners is heading for expiration within weeks. And there's no sign that Congress plans — or has the minimal...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 6:49 PM
WASHINGTON — You may have seen two sets of news reports recently that didn't quite add up: First, President Obama called for the liquidation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the country's largest providers of funds for home mortgages. Then, Fannie Mae...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 4:27 PM
The Federal Housing Administration wants to make it easier for people who have defaulted on their mortgages to get a new home loan with FHA backing.
But there's a catch. To qualify for the break, borrowers must show that their foreclosure or...