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Unfinished Business

If you like good news, 2013 had it.

Existing home sales in the U.S. decline; Las Vegas sales also slowing

The number of people who bought existing U.S. homes in November declined for the third straight month. Higher mortgage rates have made home-buying more expensive, and the lingering effect of the October government shutdown might have deterred some sales.

Ocwen Financial Corp. to provide $32.7 million in principal reduction in Nevada

Ocwen Financial Corp. will provide more than $32.7 million in principal reductions to underwater borrowers in Nevada, under a settlement announced Thursday that closes an investigation into the nation’s largest nonbank servicer of home mortgages.

Pardee Homes, a force in Las Vegas home construction, has a new owner

A local home-building institution will soon have a new owner. Tri Pointe Homes of Irvine, Calif., is buying Pardee Homes as part of a multibillion-dollar builder buying binge set to close in the first half of 2014.

Home for sale: Asking $7.85 million, bitcoin welcome

Jack and Laura Sommer’s house is pretty unusual. But what really stands out is that the Sommers will accept payment for it in bitcoin, a burgeoning digital currency.