June 8, 2012 After a robust start to the year, job growth in the U.S. has slowed. Many employers want to add more workers, but they say uncertainty about how Congress will handle the nation's fiscal crisis and financial troubles in Europe have left them reluctant to hire.
June 4, 2012 In the wake of the housing crisis, many felt that homeownership — long a key element of the American dream — had moved out of reach. Now, many Americans still aspire to own their own home, and home sales are slowly ticking up around the country.
May 1, 2012 Falling prices and low interest rates are making it even cheaper to buy a house these days. And rising rents in many areas make it more tempting to take the plunge. According to the Census Bureau, the national homeownership rate is at a 15-year low.
April 16, 2012 With the huge supply of foreclosed homes, the rental housing market is becoming increasingly dominated by investment companies — not the mom-and-pop operations down the street that used to fill that role. Some experts worry about what kind of landlords the companies will make.
April 11, 2012 Some economists say the government-run enterprises should be allowed to help distressed homeowners by lowering their loan principals to reflect today's lower values. But critics of the move say it would cost taxpayers money and encourage strategic defaults.