housing

Cost Of Homes In Toronto Region Rises 23% In November

The Toronto Real Estate Board released sales statistics that show an increase of 23% year-over-year on home prices in November. The Toronto region has experienced strong price gain, and TREB has urged the government to launch initiatives focused on alleviating the lack of supply.

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Crown Finance Launches Freedom Home Loans

New Zealand home buyers have the new option for home loan. On Tuesday Crown Finance Limited launched its Freedom Home Loans.

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ICICI Bank Ltd. Funds Increased as World Asset Management Inc. and Other Hedge Funds Added Stakes

World Asset Management Inc increased its stakes in ICICI Bank Ltd thus increasing the bank’s fund. The bank will now have sufficient funds to lend to eligible borrowers who want to have their own business and houses.

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China house-pricing rose in 39 cities

The authorities expect more easing measures to help reducing home inventory excess. Developers are also encouraged to change marketing rules and reduce home prices as China's property investment growth hit the lowest rate since 2009.

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Airbnb Spends $8 million campaign to stop San Francisco measure to limit short-term rentals

Airbnb shelled out more than $8 million to stop an initiative in San Francisco that would limit short-term rentals. Reuters reported that the ballot, called proposition F, could threaten the growth of this giant international tech company.

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Zeroing in on empty homes, China throws developers a lifeline

Dismayed by the millions of unsold homes in China's troubled real estate market, the Chinese government is taking matters into its own hands: by buying some properties and turning them into public housing. Like a white knight riding to the rescue of distressed developers, a handful of local governments are snapping up thousands of empty homes at hefty discounts and re-selling them to the country's poorest households.

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U.S. housing data, sturdy jobs market buoy growth outlook

Contracts to buy previously owned U.S. homes rose for a fourth straight month in April to a nine-year high, buoying the outlook for the housing market and the overall economy.

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Swedish watchdog may raise banks' reserves to cool housing market

Sweden's financial watchdog may increase the amount of capital the country's banks must set aside as reserves in a bid to cool a red-hot housing market, it said on Tuesday.

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U.S. housing starts data underperforms; jobless claims rise

U.S. housing starts rose far less than expected in March and factory activity in the mid-Atlantic region grew modestly this month, suggesting the economy could struggle to rebound from a soft patch hit in the first quarter.

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Euro, shares rise as dollar lays low ahead of Fed

The euro and world shares gained on Tuesday as the dollar steadied before a two-day meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve, where the Fed may edge closer to its first interest rate rise in almost a decade.

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U.S. housing starts fall, but trend points to recovery

U.S. housing starts and permits fell in November, but remained at levels consistent with a gradually improving housing market. Groundbreaking declined 1.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 1.028 million units, the Commerce Department said on Tuesday. October's starts were revised up to a pace of 1.045 million units.

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U.S. existing home sales at one-year high, prices up

U.S. home resales raced to a one-year high in September, the latest indication the housing market recovery is gradually getting back on track.

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U.S. housing recovery rolls on as groundbreaking rises

U.S. housing starts and permits rose in September, a signal the market's modest recovery is supporting what appears to be growing strength in the broader economy.

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Retirement insecurity: Two studies underline housing and income challenges

Monday marks the sixth anniversary of the bankruptcy filing of Lehman Brothers, a key event in the Wall Street meltdown that led to the Great Recession. The recession wreaked havoc on the retirement plans of millions of Americans, and two studies released last week suggest that most of us haven't recovered well.

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Kuwait reviewing its subsidies system

Kuwaiti Finance Minister Sheikh Salem Abdulaziz al-Sabah said the government is reviewing its subsidies system to its residents and subsidies.

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