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March 20, 2015 Look at the numbers today, and things seem promising for the economy. Jobs and home prices are up. But look under the hood, and you see that in a lot of ways the crisis is still with us.
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February 3, 2014 Chinese buyers have definitely made the most headlines, but the top country buying homes in the U.S. is actually Canada. It's been that way since 2008.
January 24, 2014 In December, all-cash purchases accounted for more than 40 percent of home sales. Here are a few reasons so many people are buying houses without getting a mortgage.
November 19, 2013 We graphed the distribution of home prices, and asked readers what the headline should be.
July 23, 2013 An East Village where nobody makes less than $90,000 a year might actually damage the city's long-term prospects.
July 2, 2013 Five years after the financial crisis, the government still controls giant companies that guarantee trillions of dollars in mortgages.
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March 25, 2013 A reader who just re-financed his mortgage asks: Why are so many people willing to lend huge amounts of money at such low interest rates?
March 11, 2013 The U.S. housing market is still a ward of the state. Almost all new mortgages — $1.6 trillion last year alone — are guaranteed by taxpayer dollars.
Yours, for $2,100 a month
January 10, 2013 The strange troubles of a small town where an oil boom has driven unemployment below 1 percent.
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Coming soon: A town.
January 8, 2013 Thousands of workers have flooded into the town. But they're reluctant to call it home.
But did they get a deal?
December 10, 2012 Here are two ways of answering that question — along with key numbers from cities around the country.
November 16, 2012 A program that backed lots of mortgages during the housing bust may soon need taxpayer money to make good on its promises.
November 5, 2012 And they're rising in many states where it's hard to foreclose. States face a tradeoff between protecting homeowners and getting through the foreclosure crisis.
This is Willow's new house.
October 25, 2012 Willow Tufano saved up money for her first house by selling things people left behind in foreclosed homes. After I did a story on her earlier this year, she became a little bit famous (and bought another house).
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Willow in her Pikachu costume.
October 12, 2012 On today's show, we follow up with Willow Tufano. She just bought another house. She's trying to land a reality TV deal. And she recently wore a Pikachu costume on a trip to Alabama.
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October 12, 2012 Willow Tufano's life over the past few months was sort of surreal. She got caught up in two dramas: America's housing market and America's media circus. Now she's trying to get her own reality show.
September 26, 2012 The housing market is recovering — very slowly.
August 29, 2012 Mortgage debt is falling, but still high. Student debt is rising.
August 23, 2012 Newly built houses aren't quite as big as those built at the end of the boom. But they're still big.
June 11, 2012 American households got poorer in the first decade of the 21st century, largely because of the housing bust.
June 6, 2012 If you own a home in the U.S., if you have a mortgage, you can deduct the interest you pay on that mortgage from your taxes. It's a popular, well-entrenched policy. But according to one policy adviser in Washington, "the mortgage-interest deduction ... makes no sense."
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May 22, 2012 Planet Money's pet toxic asset is part of a show about the history of banking in New York.
Young Buck, in happier times.
May 1, 2012 On today's show, we bring you three Planet Money radio stories.
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A vacant home in Spring Hill, Fla.
April 12, 2012 We tag along with a real estate agent whose job is to investigate a foreclosed house in Florida.
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