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The 'Starbucks effect': Higher home prices

Living near a Starbucks has its benefits for homeowners, whether you're a coffee drinker or not.

The value of homes within a quarter-mile of a Starbucks rise faster than those that aren't, according to real estate research group Zillow.

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'Walking Dead' town for sale

The faded downtown of a small town in Georgia, made famous by an appearance on "The Walking Dead," can now be yours for the right price.

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The answer to New York City's housing crisis: Smaller...

New York City has a housing problem: Real estate is too expensive, and there's not enough of it. The city is betting on solutions like My Micro NY, which is building prefabricated units that are 250-350 square feet.

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Home prices gain, but recovery is 'faltering'

Home prices rose last year, but the housing market recovery continued to lose steam.

The S&P Case/Shiller index of home prices in 20 major U.S. cities released Tuesday showed prices rose 4.5% in 2014. That compares with a 13.4% increase in 2013.

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No dogs allowed: San Francisco's pet housing crisis

The housing crunch in San Francisco isn't just forcing out lower income renters, it's forcing out Fido, too. The animal welfare nonprofit SF SPCA says there's been a surge in owners abandoning their pets.

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Iconic Vegas casino faces wrecking ball

Riviera, one of the oldest and iconic Las Vegas casinos, could soon be demolished to make way for an expanding convention center.

The board of directors for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority will vote Friday on whether to buy the…

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Low down payments make a comeback

Borrowers who have steady income and good credit, but not much money in the bank, will find that it recently became easier to buy a home.

Down payment requirements, which rose after the subprime mortgage crisis, are easing again as lenders and…

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Sell your home on your smart phone

Buying a home used to mean hiring a licensed real estate agent and visiting place after place, until you found the one you liked. These days, thanks to the Internet, buyers can browse real estate listings whenever and wherever they want. But even…

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Buying a home is easier if you're white

Owning a home is key to unlocking the American dream, but it's much harder to achieve if you're black or Hispanic.

That's according to a new study of mortgage approval rates by the online real estate website Zillow.

The study found that white people…

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Where are zombie foreclosures making a comeback?

Vacated by the homeowner and left unattended, zombie foreclosures are still plaguing many housing markets.

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