A strong monthly employment report also helped the rise in mortgage applications, which jumped 1.2 percent last week.
The big players are consolidating, which could make the stocks of those left standing potentially more attractive.
The overall negative home equity rate fell to 13.4 percent of homeowners with a mortgage.
Apartment owners are increasingly getting fed up with the glut of packages arriving at their buildings from online orders.
High prices and low inventory left the number of signed contracts to buy existing homes flat in October.
A definitive rise in mortgage interest rates over the last month is keeping borrowers at bay.
The S&P/Case Shiller 20-City Composite beat expectations for a 5.2 percent rise in September.
Residential rents are rising more than normal — but those gains are getting smaller.
Many people assume that most renters want to buy a home eventually. That may be, but they’re not saving to do that.
Starts fell as single-family home construction in the South tumbled, but a surge in building permits suggested the market remained on solid ground.