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  • Home foreclosures jump. Wait, haven't we already seen this show?

    Home foreclosures jumped 8 percent in January over December, a sign that America's housing market does not yet have a clean bill of health. But neither do they point to some big new danger. Here's what's going on.

  • Home prices rise, and the luxury market booms

    Home prices in July rose 12.4 percent from July 2012 - the biggest increase in 7-1/2 years. And the sales at high end of the market – homes priced at $1 million or more – are selling at nearly triple the pace of everything else. 

  • Housing alert: Flippers are back

    As housing prices rise, 'flippers' who buy homes below market value, fix them up and sell them at a profit are returning to the real estate scene. Flippers could play a key role in the housing recovery. 

  • Do you need inflation protection?

    Investors have an unprecedented array of inflation-protection tools to safeguard their portfolios: from gold and inflation-protected bonds to commodity mutual funds. Choosing how to hedge against inflation depends on your situation and outlook.

  • John Galardi dies, leaves Wienerschnitzel hot dog chain legacy

    John Galardi dies: Founder of the Wienerschnitzel hot dog chain, John Galardi built a chain of some 350 restaurants selling more than 120 million hot dogs annually in 10 states.

  • Americans pile into silver, gold coins

    Sales of silver and gold coins have surged this year. With silver and gold prices near two-year lows, is it time to buy? 

  • Zombie foreclosures: 300,000 'undead' properties stalk ex-owners

    Zombie foreclosure: (noun) A home whose owner has abandoned the property but which the bank never finished foreclosing upon, leaving the owner legally and financially responsible for the decaying building.

  • Is it time to invest in foreclosures?

    Firms are buying up foreclosed homes and renting them out, hoping to profit from the appreciation. Individuals can do better, if they can buy a foreclosure that justifies itself in rent alone.

  • Top 10 places to buy a foreclosed home

    Here are the Top 10 metropolitan areas to buy a foreclosed home, according to RealtyTrac:

  • Americans now love 15-year fixed mortgages

    Rates on a 15-year fixed mortgage are so low that many homeowners can afford the higher payment, which allows them to pay off their mortgage in 15 years instead of the standard 30.

Doing Good

 

What happens when ordinary people decide to pay it forward? Extraordinary change...

Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

 
 
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