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3:34 a.m. Nov. 17, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
Housing starts slip nearly 1%, falling short of expectations U.S. home builders started construction on homes at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 1.52 million in October, representing a 0.7% decrease from the previous month, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Wednesday. Compared with October 2020, housing starts were up 0.4%. The pace of permitting for new housing units increased in October, however. Permitting for new homes occurred at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 1.65 million, up 4% from September and 3.4% from a year ago. Economists polled by MarketWatch had expected housing starts to occur at a median pace of 1.63 million and building permits to come in at a median pace of 1.58 million.
11:21 a.m. Nov. 4, 2021 - By Ellie Ismailidou
Here's how your home equity can be used as a financial safety netFor most homeowners, the equity in their house represents one of their biggest assets. The challenge is getting access to that equity without having to sell the house. Here's how a home equity line of credit (HELOC) can help.
2:00 a.m. Oct. 28, 2021 - By MarketWatch
How this 38-year-old made it from 'deep poverty' to millionaireAfter a childhood with housing insecurity, Kevin "KAYR" Robinson became a landlord and business owner who remained frugal even as his net worth soared to several million dollars.
5:05 a.m. Oct. 21, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
Existing-home sales improve in September, eating up available inventoryExisting-home sales rose 7% on a monthly basis in September, reaching a seasonally-adjusted, annual rate of 6.29 million, the National Association of Realtors said Thursday. Compared to a year ago, though, sales were down roughly 2%. The increase in sales was the result of improved inventory in recent months, which gave buyers more options to choose from and allowed more people to lock in purchases. However, inventory dropped nearly 1% from the previous month as of the end of September, and was down 13% from a year ago.
3:41 a.m. Oct. 19, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
New-home construction subsides as supply-chain and labor problems persistU.S. home builders started construction on homes at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 1.56 million in September, representing a 1.6% decrease from the previous month, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday. Compared with September 2020, housing starts were up 7.4%. The pace of permitting for new housing units also dropped in September. Permitting for new homes occurred at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 1.59 million, down 7.7% from August, in line with the rate of permitting from a year ago. Economists polled by MarketWatch had expected housing starts to occur at a pace of 1.61 million and building permits to come in at a pace of 1.67 million. The drop in permits was driven mainly by a decrease in multifamily housing units, though fewer single-family homes were permitted as well. New construction on multifamily buildings also decreased in September, though single-family starts remained flat.
5:03 a.m. Sept. 24, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
New home sales jump in August despite record pricesU.S. new-home sales increased 1.5% to an annual rate of 740,000, the government said Friday. The figure equates to how many homes would be sold over a yearlong period of time if the same number were bought in each month based on the rate of sales in July. Compared to a year ago, sales were down 24%.The median forecast of economists polled by MarketWatch was that new home sales would come in at an annual rate of 720,000 for August. The median sales price of new houses sold in August was $390,900, rising slightly from the previous month to reach a new record high.
5:03 a.m. Sept. 22, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
Existing-home sales retreat in August as buyers wait for better pricesExisting-home sales dropped 2% to a seasonally-adjusted, annual rate of 5.88 million in August, the National Association of Realtors said Wednesday. Compared with August 2020, home sales were down 1.5%. Economists polled by MarketWatch had projected existing-home sales to come in at 5.87 million. The median sales price of an existing home was up nearly 15% year-over-year at $356,700.
3:37 a.m. Sept. 21, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
New-home construction improves in August, driven by increase in multifamily buildingU.S. home builders started construction on homes at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 1.62 million in August, representing a 3.9% increase from the previous month, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday. Compared with August 2020, housing starts were up 17.4%. The pace of permitting for new housing units also increased in August. Permitting for new homes occurred at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 1.73 million, up 6% from July and 13.5% from a year ago. With both housing starts and building permits, the gains recorded in August were driven by an uptick in multifamily construction activity. Economists polled by MarketWatch had expected housing starts to occur at a pace of 1.55 million and building permits to come in at a pace of 1.62 million.
4:07 a.m. Sept. 13, 2021 - By MarketWatch
This woman plans to retire by age 42 and live virtually tax-freeSeattle attorney Sylvia Hall worked off six figures in student debt on her path to financial independence. Now, she plans to use real estate to pay almost no taxes in her early retirement.
5:05 a.m. Aug. 23, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
Existing-home sales jump 2% in July as inventory of properties for sale growsExisting-home sales rose 2% in July from the month prior, the National Association of Realtors . Sales occurred at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 5.99 million. Compared to July 2020, sales were up 1.5%. The total inventory of homes for sales rose 7.3% on a monthly basis, though it's still down significantly from a year ago.
3:23 a.m. Aug. 13, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Housing market 'no longer heating up,' new Redfin report showsHome sellers suggest the housing market is "no longer heating up," as homes are staying on the market longer and the share of homes with a price drop rose for a fifteenth straight week, according to a new report from Redfin Corp. , a real estate brokerage services company. Home that sold were on the market for a median 17 days for the four-week period ending Aug. 8, that's down from 35 days a year ago, but up from a record low of 15 days in late June and July. The share of homes for sale that had price drops was 4.9%, up from 3.6% a year ago, and from 4.7% a week ago. The median home-sale price was $362,642, up 17% from a year ago, but down $362.750 last week, while 53% of homes old above list price, up from 30% a year ago but down from 54% last week. The median asking price for newly listed homes was $355,389, up 11% from a year ago but down from $358,475 last week. Redfin's report comes as the iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF has gained 2.1% over the past three months, while the S&P 500 has advanced 8.5%.
4:12 a.m. July 3, 2021 - By Silvia Ascarelli
I’ll retire with a military pension and want to move to a bicycle-friendly, beer-loving place — so where should I go? Looking for ideas on the best place for you to retire? Email HelpMeRetire@marketwatch.comI have a nest egg of $1 million and will also have a monthly military pension of approximately $6,000, and Social Security on top of that.
11:26 a.m. June 28, 2021 - By Catey Hill
What it’s really like to retire on a Caribbean island — on $3,000 a month This Virginia couple retired to the Caribbean island of Bequia and opened an art galleryThis Virginia couple retired to the Caribbean island of Bequia and opened an art gallery.
9:03 a.m. June 19, 2021 - By Silvia Ascarelli
I want to retire in Texas and near freshwater on $4,000 a month — where should I go? Looking for ideas on the best place for you to retire? Email HelpMeRetire@marketwatch.com Looking for ideas on the best place for you to retire? Email HelpMeRetire@marketwatch.comHere are three suggestions that fit the bill.
4:51 p.m. May 25, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
Why are ‘Karens’ so angry? Such incidents have not gone away. Instead, they’ve become another depressingly ubiquitous feature of modern lifeSuch incidents have not gone away. Instead, they’ve become another depressingly ubiquitous feature of modern life.
7:30 a.m. May 22, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My wife inherited $800K. She put $300K toward our mortgage and $500K in her own bank account — after 35 years of marriage ‘What do you think of the way she has treated her inheritance? If we divorce, will I have to pay her alimony?’‘What do you think of the way she has treated her inheritance? If we divorce, will I have to pay her alimony?’
3:37 a.m. May 18, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
Housing starts fall as builders contend with shortage of materials and laborU.S. home builders started construction on homes at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 1.57 million in April, representing a 9.5% decrease from the previous month's downwardly-revised figure, the U.S. Census Bureau . Compared with April 2020 though, housing starts were up 67%, though the year-over-year comparison is skewed somewhat by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic's onset a year ago. The pace of permitting for new housing units increased again in March. Permitting for new homes occurred at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 1.76 million, up 0.3% from March and 61% from a year ago. Economists polled by MarketWatch had expected housing starts to occur at a pace of 1.70 million and building permits to come in at a pace of 1.77 million.
7:58 a.m. May 15, 2021 - By MarketWatch
These money and investing tips can help you when inflation is burning a hole in your walletThese money and investing stories were popular with MarketWatch readers over the past week.
6:43 a.m. May 15, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My boyfriend’s brother gave me $6,000 to buy a house 12 years ago. It rose 128% in value. How much should I give him back? ‘I bought the house for $125,000 and it is now worth approximately $285,000, with a total owed of $185,000’‘I bought the house for $125,000 and it is now worth approximately $285,000, with a total owed of $185,000.’
11:26 a.m. May 13, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
I bought my parents’ house at below-market rate — my sister wants me to give her $50K to build my mother an annex. Is that fair? ‘My sister has a bunch of lumber sitting on her lawn, and no money to pay the contractor’‘My sister has a bunch of lumber sitting on her lawn, and no money to pay the contractor.’
4:58 p.m. May 2, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My wife offered to ‘loan’ me money when I was having financial trouble. Now I make six figures — and she refuses to pay any bills ‘As I started my new job, and my wife received her money, she used part of her $200,000 inheritance to go on a spending spree: a $50,000 truck and a $20,000 camping trailer’‘As I started my new job, and my wife received her money, she used part of her $200,000 inheritance to go on a spending spree: a $50,000 truck and a $20,000 camping trailer.’
4:54 p.m. May 2, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My sister inherited the family home, but not the contents. She set up a ‘garage sale’ — and key items were missing. Should I pursue legal action? ‘She kept saying, “I have to think about my retirement.” She is 67. I think she is padding her 401(k) with everything she can get her hands on’‘She kept saying, “I have to think about my retirement.” She is 67. I think she is padding her 401(k) with everything she can get her hands on.’
4:54 p.m. May 2, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My financially reckless ex-husband bought a house with our son — now his business is failing. How can we be free of this mess? ‘This was the way my father treated my mother, so I thought it was normal’‘This was the way my father treated my mother, so I thought it was normal.’
11:08 a.m. May 2, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
I saved $1.1M for retirement, earn $128K and have $22K in cash. Can I afford my dream car — an $80K Nissan GT-R? ‘I’m 41 and single with no kids, and have always been a big saver’‘I’m 41 and single with no kids, and have always been a big saver.’
7:14 a.m. May 1, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My sister’s home is in foreclosure, so she’s moving in with our parents. She posted on Facebook that she deserves their home. What should I do? ‘She is the power of attorney for my parents and will be executor of their will. She is getting a payment from Veterans Affairs to take care of them’‘She is the power of attorney for my parents and will be executor of their will. She is getting a payment from Veterans Affairs to take care of them.’
11:45 a.m. April 29, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My coworker wants to sell her house as prices have skyrocketed. The co-signer on her mortgage demands 25%. Can she sell without his permission? ‘He is either mistaken in the leverage he holds, or else your coworker has confused co-signer with co-owner’‘He is either mistaken in the leverage he holds, or else your coworker has confused co-signer with co-owner.’
9:09 a.m. April 29, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My second husband, 86, and I have 12 kids between us. He wants me to leave him everything — and says he will pass on the inheritance to my 5 children ‘He wants to leave the house to his children, but says if I outlive him I can live in it or rent somewhere if I wish to move’‘He wants to leave the house to his children, but says if I outlive him I can live in it or rent somewhere if I wish to move.’
1:25 p.m. April 24, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
I’m on track to retire at 58. My fiancée is in debt and drives my old car, and I support her family. How do I ensure my son inherits my wealth after I die? ‘My concern is that if I am married, the savings I have would go to her and subsequently her children, bypassing my son’‘My concern is that if I am married, the savings I have would go to her and subsequently her children, bypassing my son.’
4:40 a.m. April 24, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My wife pushed me into buying a home because she provided two-thirds of the down payment. Now I’m stuck in a house I hate ‘We are now expecting our first child, which just adds to our financial responsibilities. I know I sound like an ass. Please help me see the light’‘We are now expecting our first child, which just adds to our financial responsibilities. I know I sound like an ass. Please help me see the light.’
5:08 a.m. April 23, 2021 - By Andrea Riquier
Homebuilder ETFs jump on strong new-home sales dataExchange-traded funds with exposure to homebuilders, home renovation companies, and the residential real estate industry rallied Friday after a stronger-than-expected new-home sales report. Sales ran at a seasonally adjusted annual 1.02 million rate in March, the Commerce Department said. The SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF gained 0.5%, and the iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF was up 0.3%. The Hoya Capital Housing ETF rose 0.1%. ETFs in this sector have surged since the start of the year, as the housing market stays hot and interest rates manageable for would-be buyers. XHB is up nearly 29% in 2021, and ITB has gained 28%.
5:08 a.m. April 23, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
New home sales soar to highest level since 2006New home sales occurred at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 1.021 million in March, the U.S. Census Bureau . It represented the fastest pace of new home sales since 2006. Month-over-month, sales rose 20.7%. Additionally, the Census Bureau revised the sales figure for February up to a rate of 846,000, from the originally reported rate of 775,000. The inventory of homes for sale at the end of March remained unchanged from the month prior, but was down 7% from a year ago.
5:07 a.m. April 22, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
Existing-home sales fall for second consecutive month as house prices surge to record levelsExisting-home sales declined in March, reflecting the challenges buyers continue to face in the competitive real-estate market. Existing home-sales fell 3.7% to a seasonally-adjusted, annual rate of 6.01 million in March, the National Association of Realtors . Compared with a year ago, home sales were up more than 12%. Home prices hit a high of $329,100, reflecting a record pace of price growth at 17.2% from last year.
12:59 p.m. April 20, 2021 - By Andrew Keshner
Floyd family attorney Ben Crump says Derek Chauvin’s murder conviction is ‘painfully earned justice’ — here’s what gave him hope months earlier A jury found the former Minneapolis officer guilty on all three counts TuesdayA jury found the former Minneapolis officer guilty on all three counts Tuesday.
11:16 a.m. April 17, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My parents made my sister executor of their $4 million estate, and joint owner of their bank accounts. Should I be worried? ‘We have five other siblings who are currently unaware of this arrangement’‘We have five other siblings who are currently unaware of this arrangement.’
10:42 a.m. April 17, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My fiancée’s mother asked us to raise her 2 kids, as we live in a good school district and she has a gambling addiction — then she claimed their stimulus checks ‘I advised her to leave the money as the IRS may eventually ask for it back. Her new boyfriend then quickly told her to withdraw it anyway’‘I advised her to leave the money as the IRS may eventually ask for it back. Her new boyfriend then quickly told her to withdraw it anyway.’
9:01 a.m. April 14, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My husband signed for a car for a friend — against my wishes. Now we get notices for unpaid tolls and parking tickets. What if there’s an accident? ‘Every time another ‘past due’ envelope arrives I panic at the thought of the savings I worked so hard to put away might be gone in one accident’‘Every time another ‘past due’ envelope arrives I panic at the thought of the savings I worked so hard to put away might be gone in one accident.’
9:54 a.m. April 13, 2021 - By Silvia Ascarelli
We want to leave cold Midwest states for ‘warmer and drier climes’ and affordable health care on $44,000 a year — so where should we retire? Looking for ideas on the best place for you to retire? Email HelpMeRetire@marketwatch.com Looking for ideas on the best place for you to retire? Email HelpMeRetire@marketwatch.comThe curveball: their adult children are in Omaha, Neb., and Tucson.
5:22 a.m. April 11, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
I’m a farmer in my late 30s and live a frugal lifestyle. My son has a disability. Should I pay extra on my mortgage — or save for retirement? ‘He has a disability that will likely mean he will be living with us for our entire lives’‘He has a disability that will likely mean he will be living with us for our entire lives.’
5:21 a.m. April 10, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
I’m 30. My wife is 34. We saved $350K and I have $325K saved for retirement. Should we pay cash for a home — or take out a mortgage and invest it? ‘We have been cheaply renting for the last three years, and living as if I were still a very poor graduate student. During this time, we paid off all of our debts’‘We have been cheaply renting for the last three years, and living as if I were still a very poor graduate student. During this time, we paid off all of our debts.’
3:26 a.m. April 10, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘What the hell!’ I’m 28, have no debt, a 401(k), Roth IRA and $45K in cash. Should I save for a house or buy a Tesla Model 3? ‘I believe I can buy the car and strap down, and save more aggressively to replenish the funds’‘I believe I can buy the car and strap down, and save more aggressively to replenish the funds.’
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