Realtors’ pending home sales index shows a healthy market – USATODAY.com

The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that its index of sales agreements for previously occupied homes jumped 2.4% in July to 101.7. That's higher than June's 99.3. It's also the highest reading since April 2010, last month that buyers could qualify for a federal home-buying tax credit...read more...

Banks labeled slumlords over foreclosure neglect – CNNMoney

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- U.S. Bank is the country's fifth-largest commercial bank, with 3,000 branches in 25 states. It's also "one of the largest slumlords in the City of Los Angeles," according to the L.A. city attorney's office...read more...