A sales center sign in front of a new residential community in Lithonia, Georgia, April 26, 2021. Elijah Nouvelage | Bloomberg | Getty Images After a Labor Day week lull, demand for mortgages rose sharply last week from homeowners and homebuyers. Total mortgage application volume was up nearly 5% for the week, according to the
Darren Welch | iStock | Getty Images Millions of renters are at risk of financial hardship as federal and state relief measures wind down. That’s a new warning from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which found that the pandemic-era safety net helped renters across the U.S. maintain stability during months of historic unemployment and uncertainty.
Prospective buyers visit an open house for sale in Alexandria, Virginia. Jonathan Ernst | Reuters Mortgage rates jumped higher this week. It could be just the beginning of an upward trend. The average rate on the popular 30-year fixed mortgage just crossed back over 3% early this week and then jumped 9 basis points Thursday
Embattled developer China Evergrande‘s situation is not a surprise, given the steps taken by Beijing to reign in excessive debt in the property sector, according to Orient Capital Research’s Andrew Collier. “This is all a bit of a tempest in a teapot, which sounds funny given that the whole world is worried about Evergrande right
In this article ABNB Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky attends the Cannes Lions on June 20, 2016, in Cannes, France. Richard Bord | Getty Images Airbnb announced Thursday that it is planning to provide temporary housing to an additional 20,000 Afghan refugees, bringing the total number up to 40,000. Last month, the charitable arm of the
Jenna Fountain carries a bucket down Regency Drive to try to recover items from their flooded home in Port Arthur, Texas, September 1, 2017. Emily Kask | AFP | Getty Images Record-setting rain, floods and wildfires are examples of the rising risks to the U.S. housing market from climate change. Mortgage lenders and investors are
In this article FB AMZN GOOGL Google’s $2.1 billion deal to buy a Manhattan office building adds to the rapid growth of Silicon Alley, despite the growth of remote work and a decline in the New York office market. Google is buying the former St. John’s Terminal on Manhattan’s West Side, expanding its footprint downtown.
In this article 3333-HK 127-HK A man drives a cart past apartment buildings at China Evergrande Group’s Life in Venice real estate and tourism development in Qidong, Jiangsu province, China, on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. Qilai Shen | Bloomberg | Getty Images Hong Kong-listed shares of investment holding firm Chinese Estates surged on Thursday after
Even though the Federal Reserve didn’t raise its benchmark rate Wednesday, your borrowing costs may still start to head higher. Rising prices brought on by the economic recovery are paving the way for the central bank to unwind last year’s bond buying. While the central bank said that interest rates will stay near zero for now,
Sales of previously owned homes declined 2% in August from July to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 5.88 million units, according to the National Association of Realtors. Sales were 1.5% lower than August 2020 for the first annual decline. Sales however are still above pre-pandemic levels. These numbers are a count of home closings
In this article 3333-HK Evergrande‘s debt crisis will slow down China’s economic growth, but will likely have minimal spillover on the country’s financial system, according to a former advisor to China’s central bank. Evergrande is the world’s most indebted property developer with total liabilities of around $300 billion. The company has been struggling to pay
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., left, hugs Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., outside of the Capitol on Tuesday, August 3, 2021. Rep. Bush was preparing to do a tv interview while waiting for official word from the Biden administration on an eviction moratorium renewal. Bill Clark | CQ-Roll Call, Inc. | Getty Images A group of Democrats
A person in a mask walks by the New York Google offices after they announced they will postpone their reopening in response to updated CDC guidelines during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., July 29, 2021. Andrew Kelly | Reuters Google plans to buy a New York City
In this article 3333-HK .HSI Outside the China Evergrande Group Royal Mansion residential development under construction in Beijing, China, on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. Gilles Sabrie | Bloomberg via Getty Images The Chinese government is not likely to step in to give direct support to debt-ridden developer China Evergrande Group, according to S&P Global Ratings.
Climate catastrophes are poised to destroy American homes, and banks are starting to calculate their risks. Jesse Kennan, Associate Professor of Real Estate at Tulane University, refers to this process as “underwaterwriting” or “blue-lining,” depending on whether you’re looking at it from the point of view of the bank or consumer respectively. Underwaterwriting is a
The Evergrande Group or Evergrande Real Estate Group logo of a Chinese real estate company is seen on a smartphone and a PC screen. SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images China’s “highly distressed” real estate companies are at risk of collapse as the country’s highly indebted developer Evergrande is on the brink of default,
Investing in sustainable buildings could offer a real solution to reducing emissions in one of the world’s most polluting sectors, said Taronga Ventures, an investment firm focused on sustainable innovation and tech. Buildings currently represent 39% of global greenhouse emissions, according to U.N. data. Almost one-third (28%) of the global total is the result of
An Emirati woman paddles a canoe past skyscrapers in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. Christopher Pike | Bloomberg | Getty Images Abu Dhabi’s property market is showing signs of steady growth, as the oil rich capital of the United Arab Emirates recovers from the deep blows of the coronavirus pandemic.
Brick-and-mortar real estate may seem like the only tangible thing left in an increasingly virtual world, but it too is being taken over by artificial intelligence. Some of the biggest names in the business, such as Compass, Zillow and LoanSnap, are now employing AI to help find buyers the perfect mortgage and the perfect home.
Outdoor seating at Estiatorio Milos Tanja Yokum In August, the Gerber Group’s Manhattan bars and restaurants started hiring more workers in preparation for an influx of customers returning to the offices the following month. The labor crunch meant those restaurants weren’t fully staffed even after the hiring push, which turned out to be a blessing