WASHINGTON - Representative Mel Watt, nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as a top housing regulator, plans to divest bank stock he owns if confirmed in the post, according to a statement filed with the Office of Government Ethics.
WASHINGTON - Ground-breaking for new U.S. homes plummeted more than expected in April from an almost five-year high, but applications to build new homes shows the housing sector could still contribute to the strengthening economic recovery.
NEW YORK - The Federal Reserve bought $17.3 billion of agency mortgage-backed securities from May 9 through May 15, a tad less than the $17.8 billion it purchased last week, the New York Federal Reserve Bank said on Thursday.
BALTIMORE - An improving U.S. housing market suggests it is time for the Federal Reserve to stop aiming its stimulus at the real estate sector, Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker said on Wednesday.
BOSTON - Billionaire investor John Paulson bet more heavily on mortgage insurers during the first quarter, which suggests that his hedge fund expects the housing recovery to grow stronger in the months ahead.
NEW YORK - Homebuilder sentiment rose in May as sales conditions improved, suggesting the housing market recovery still has momentum, data from the National Association of Home Builders showed on Wednesday.
NEW YORK - Applications for home mortgages fell last week for the first time in more than a month as interest rates jumped, sapping demand for refinancing, an industry group said on Wednesday.
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON - When David Pendery, a corporate public relations specialist, decided to move his family from Colorado to Illinois this year for work, his biggest worry was whether he would be able to sell his home quickly.
WASHINGTON - A top Federal Reserve official said a recovery has taken root in the U.S. housing market but that resolving uncertainty over mortgage regulations would make the recovery stronger.
- While the Federal Reserve's accommodative policies have boosted stocks and helped the rich, it is unclear whether they are doing enough for the broader U.S. economy, a top central bank official said on Monday.
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