ETFs: The New Way to Invest in Real Estate

Is investing in an exchange-traded fund a smart way to invest in real estate? Housing has been a surprisingly unpredictable sector since the great real estate crash of 2007. As a result, new ways to invest in real estate have emerged, with housing-related ETFs being a prime example.

Home Price Surge Finally at an End?

Home price growth is finally slowing, which could be welcome news for potential buyers who have been priced out of the market. Asking home prices increased at the slowest rate in 13 months, according to online real-estate marketplace Trulia, as demand from buyers — both traditional and investor — continues to wane.

Vote Planned on Fannie, Freddie Reform Bill

The Senate Banking Committee plans to vote on a U.S. housing finance reform bill on Thursday in what could be the last effort this year to move forward with legislation to wind down mortgage firms Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Sen. Tim Johnson, the Democrat who chairs the committee,

U.S. Home Prices Fall Amid Brutal Winter Cold

  By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER WASHINGTON — U.S. home prices fell for the second straight month in December as brutally cold weather, tight supply and higher costs slowed sales. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index declined 0.1 percent from November to December, matching the previous month’s decline. The index isn’t adjusted for seasonal…