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US average rate on 30-year home loan 3.92 percent

Average U. S. mortgage rates fell this week, with the 30-year loan at its lowest level since June 2013. Here's a look at rates for fixed and...

Enticing low rates, but impact could be limited

With mortgage rates sliding for a fifth straight week, the possibility of locking in a rate below 4 percent is tempting for consumers and could unleash a...

Rules on bank risk in mortgage bonds being adopted

Federal regulators are proceeding with new rules that ease guidelines for banks selling mortgage securities and could mean fewer borrowers will need to...

Japan's chrysanthemums: More than symbol of autumn

When Americans think of flowers and Japan, we think of cherry blossoms. But to the Japanese, there's a flower for every time of year, and right now,...

White House says immigration plans not final yet

The White House on Wednesday cautioned against making assumptions about President Barack Obama's changes to immigration rules based on a new federal...

Top mortgage firm accused of abuses

One of the nation's largest servicers of home loans may have denied struggling borrowers the chance to fix loan problems and avoid foreclosures, New...

New rules adopted in hopes of spurring home loans

Buying a home may have gotten a little easier this week. With the financial crisis and subprime mortgage bust receding further into history, the...

US existing home sales rise in September

U. S. homes sold in September at their fastest clip this year, a sign that the housing market is shaking off a slowdown that began in the middle of 2013....

US existing home sales up 2.4 percent in Sept. to fastest rate in 2014...

US existing home sales up 2.4 percent in Sept. to fastest rate in 2014; still lags 2013 pace.

Sale of Joan Fontaine's house to aid animal group

More property from the late Academy Award‑winning actress Joan Fontaine will benefit an animal welfare organization. The Monterey County Herald...