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Certified Financial Planner
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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A compilation of mortgage news, stories, columns, blogs and videos
Understanding the closing process
On closing day, you'll officially seal the deal. It's also your opportunity to make any last-minute changes.
What if non-borrowing spouse on HECM remarries?
What if the sole borrower on a reverse mortgage dies and the remaining spouse gets hitched again?
How to shop for a mortgage: Video
Like trying to squeeze into the right pair of pants, you need to find a mortgage that fits you.
See Audrey Hepburn's 2nd home
The converted garage behind this Beverly Hills mansion was once home to the "Fair Lady" herself.
6 must-do's before buying a home
You've decided to buy. Congrats! Now it's time to get your financial house in order.
Mortgage Rate Trend Index: March 26, 2015
Mortgage experts predict what will happen to rates over the next week -- and why.
Mortgage rates display delightful drop
The Fed seems determined not to act hastily, and that spells good news for mortgages.
Mortgage rates for March 26, 2015
Mortgage rates fell for a second straight week.
National mortgage rates for March 26, 2015
See rates from our survey of CDs, mortgages, home equity products, auto loans and credit cards.
Inspection and insurance
Home inspection and homeowners insurance are crucial elements to buying a home. Find out why.
Peek inside LeBron James' Miami home
No need to be cavalier about it. Be the next king of this South Florida palace.
Removing private mortgage insurance
Wise up! When your equity position reaches 20 percent, you should cancel your private mortgage insurance.
Mortgages fall as Fed's 'patient' expires
As the Fed preps for rate hikes, expect mortgage rates to rise this year.
Mortgage rates for March 19, 2015
Mortgage rates pulled back this week.
3 ways to mess up a home mortgage closing
Want a lender to delay or cancel your mortgage closing? Here's how to do it.
First-time homebuying regrets: Video
A first-time homebuyer's inexperience can cause some costly mistakes.
4 big money mistakes of first-time homebuyers
These financial blunders can make it more difficult -- and expensive -- to buy a first home.
Check out Olivia Newton-John's waterfront home
Is this house the one that you want? Oo-oo-oo, honey.
Why pay extra toward mortgage principal?
Pay a little more every month, and your mortgage interest will drop. Here's how it works.
What you should know about land loans
So you want to buy land? Getting a land loan is different from a traditional mortgage.
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