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Home flips are at their lowest since 2003 while big money is pouring in from investors looking for fixer-uppers. (iStock)

Investors gobble up fixer-uppers despite scarce inventory

Investors are increasingly seeking fixer-uppers to flip, hoping the venture is anything but a flop. Even though they’re emboldened...

Investors gobble up fixer-uppers despite scarce inventory
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Investors pile into house-flipping

The number of investors backing house-flippers jumped 50 percent in two months, as low interest rates continue to drive the hunt for higher profits. Research firm Attom Data Solutions found that the gross earnings...

Investors pile into house-flipping
Housing supply is tighter than ever. (Getty)

Active home listings hit record low

 It began with toilet paper, but it’s been homes for a while. Pandemic buying has whittled the number of homes for sale in the U.S. down to an all-time low. Active listings dropped below...

Active home listings hit record low
The mirage of low interest rates
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The mirage of low interest rates

Record-low interest rates have created an unprecedented opportunity for homebuyers. That’s the party line in the residential industry. But that’s not how things are playing out on the ground. Many buyers have little chance...

The mirage of low interest rates
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Older Americans increasingly saddled with housing debt

The share of older Americans with housing debt has doubled over the last 20 years, rising from 15.3 percent...

Older Americans increasingly saddled with housing debt
The number of single-family homes on the market hit historic lows in July, driving prices up (iStock)

US housing supply reaches nearly 40-year low

The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the severe housing supply shortage in the U.S., with the number of homes on...

US housing supply reaches nearly 40-year low
Since the pandemic started, there is a much smaller pool of lenders willing to offer jumbo loans (iStock)

Mumbo jumbo: Why are mortgage rates all over the place?

Jumbo loans, typically seen as lower risk investments by banks, are seeing rates vary widely among lenders. The mortgages,...

Mumbo jumbo: Why are mortgage rates all over the place?
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