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Luring homebuyers with sneaky prices
Bait-and-switch deals on new houses reflect desperate times for builders, says the Real Estate Adviser.
Shares in a co-op unaffected by the market
Co-op shares aren't part of the stock market. They give you a membership with the right to lease.
posted 3/29/2009 12:00:00 AM
Now's the right time for going green
The stimulus package offers incentives for going green on homes.
posted 3/22/2009 12:00:00 AM
Seek loan extension before giving up home
The bank may be willing to adjust your loan and extend your payments to avoid seizing it.
posted 3/15/2009 12:00:00 AM
Gaining a property easement is not so easy
A neighbor may not want the intrusion of an easement but might change his mind for the right price.
posted 3/8/2009 12:00:00 AM
Secure mineral rights before selling home
You can sell a house without handing over lucrative oil and gas rights, but it might kill the deal.
posted 3/1/2009 12:00:00 AM
Fences, not trees, make good neighbors
You may want to chop down a boundary-line tree, but you could find yourself in court if you do.
posted 2/22/2009 12:00:00 AM
Vultures may taint condo deals
Investors who buy condos in bulk often compromise the value of the property, hurting other owners in the process.
posted 2/19/2009 12:00:00 AM
Bankrupt builder starts dominoes falling
When a builder files for bankruptcy, it's only the beginning of bad news for buyers.
posted 2/15/2009 7:00:00 AM
Curb appeal helps sell homes
Sprucing up the outside of your house is essential to selling your home in the current market.
posted 2/9/2009 2:10:00 PM
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Mortgage Rate Trend Index: Nov. 25, 2015
Mortgage experts predict what will happen to rates over the next week -- and why.
National mortgage rates for Nov. 25, 2015
See rates from our survey of CDs, mortgages, home equity products, auto loans and credit cards.
What is the best way to add my wife to my reverse mortgage?
You can put your wife's name on a reverse mortgage, but first find out if it's the best option.
Mortgage rates fall, shrugging off possible Fed hike
The Fed is expected to raise rates soon. So what do mortgage rates do this week? Fall.
Bottleneck in processing mortgage payments
Paying your mortgage on time weekly and still being hit with late fees? There's a problem.
Mortgage rates decline, but just barely
Investors turn to the safety of government bonds, pushing mortgage rates lower.
Multiple mortgages complicate retirement plans
A pile of loans can complicate your route to retirement. Weigh these options before acting.
Mortgage rates rise to a 4-month high
Mortgage rates have climbed almost a quarter of a percentage point in 2 weeks.
My neighbor grazes goats on an abandoned lot. Does that mean he'll own it someday?
My neighbor thinks he can seize a vacant lot by putting goats on it. Can the tactic work?
Mortgages rise as a Fed rate hike looks increasingly likely
Mortgage rates climb as the market prepares for a higher federal funds rate.
CAIVRS database will lock you out of FHA mortgage
If you've defaulted on federal debt, you're on the FHA's list of people not to lend to.
Celebrity house for sale: Tyra Banks' fierce Beverly Hills mansion
Banks' Beverly Hills mansion is perfect if you're looking to live the "FabLife."
Can mortgage lender tap ailing Mom's accounts after she dies?
If someone dies with an underwater mortgage, is the rest of the estate protected?
Mortgage rates are mixed as lenders guess at Fed's intentions
Wayward mortgage rates reflect uncertainty about the central bank's plans.
Should I pay off mortgage in case New World Order causes dollar to collapse?
Try not to fall prey to fearmongering when it comes to your mortgage and your home.
Mortgage rates remain unchanged as lenders adjust to new rules
Mortgage rates don't budge as the lending industry adapts to new disclosure forms.
You want to refi your mortgage but would have to pay PMI. Should you do it?
The refinance math gets trickier when you add mortgage insurance to the equation.
As home sales cool this fall, what will happen to home prices and interest rates?
With fewer homes for sale, is there any good news for homebuyers?
Mortgage rates drop, but just barely, on downbeat economic news
With the U.S. and Chinese economies in the doldrums, mortgage rates are static.
Loan Estimate: Have I locked the interest rate of the mortgage?
The Loan Estimate shows you if you've locked your interest rate and how long it will remain at that rate.
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