Housing Market

U.S. housing regulator seeks more support for poor borrowers

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WASHINGTON - The regulator for U.S. housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac <FMCC.OB) said on Friday it wants the two firms to provide more support to some low-income Americans taking out mortgages and refinancing their home loans.

Stronger hiring boosts outlook for U.S. home sales: Reuters poll

WASHINGTON - Stronger job creation in the United States is making economists more optimistic about the outlook for home resales over the next two years, according to a Reuters poll that showed little change to expectations for house price rises.

27 Aug 2014

Fannie Mae sells $500 million bills at lower rates

Aug 27 - Fannie Mae , the largest U.S. home funding source, said on Wednesday it sold $500 million of benchmark bills at lower interest rates compared with last week's sale of similar maturities.

27 Aug 2014

Goldman Sachs, U.S. agency in mortgage settlement worth $1.2 billion

- Goldman Sachs Group Inc has agreed to a settlement worth $1.2 billion to resolve a U.S. regulator's claims the bank sold Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac faulty mortgage bonds, the regulator announced Friday.

BofA in $16.5 billion deal with U.S. over mortgage bonds: source

WASHINGTON - Bank of America Corp is expected to pay more than $16.5 billion to end investigations into mortgage securities that the bank and its units sold in the run-up to the financial crisis, in a deal that could be announced as early as Thursday, a person familiar with the matter said.

U.S. mortgage applications rise in latest week : MBA

NEW YORK - Applications for U.S. home mortgages rose last week as demand for refinancing increased, an industry group said on Wednesday. | Video

20 Aug 2014

U.S. housing market improving, inflation pressures muted

WASHINGTON - U.S. housing starts surged to an eight-month high in July, suggesting the nation's housing market recovery was back on track after stalling in the second half of last year. | Video

19 Aug 2014

U.S. architecture billings index hits highest level since 2007

- The Architecture Billings Index, considered a leading indicator of U.S. non-residential construction, rose in July to a seven-year high, the American Institute of Architects said on Wednesday. | Video

20 Aug 2014

Homebuilders rally after strong NAHB sentiment data

NEW YORK - U.S. homebuilding stocks rose on Monday, boosted by data that showed homebuilder sentiment rose in August to its highest level since January.

18 Aug 2014

Pershing Square sues U.S. over Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

- Pershing Square Capital Management LP, the hedge fund firm run by William Ackman, has sued the U.S. government, claiming that its stripping of Fannie Mae's and Freddie Mac's profit illegally short changes investors in the mortgage companies' common stock.