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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: April 28, 2016
Mortgage experts predict what will happen to rates over the next week -- and why.
Mortgage rates creep upward, just in time for homebuying season
The rise could be due to homebuying demand or in anticipation of the Fed.
Celebrity house for sale: Pop star Britney Spears lists California mansion for $9M
You want a piece of Britney Spears? The pop star is selling her Spanish-style house.
Rent to own homes: When it's not time to buy
With a rent-to-own deal, consider these risks and advantages before signing on the dotted line.
Mortgage rates barely budge in advance of Fed meeting
Home resales are rebounding, interest rates are low and homeowners are refinancing.
7 crucial facts about FHA loans
FHA loans play a vital role in today's real estate market. Here's what you should know.
It's Tricky to Get FHA Certification for a Condo, but It Can Be Done
A condo must be certified before you can get an FHA mortgage on it. Here's what to do.
Celebrity house for sale: Faith Hill, Tim McGraw selling rest of their farm for $18.5M
The country music icons want $18.5 million for 621 acres, including 2 historic homes.
Celeb house sold: LeBron James' Miami mansion
The NBA superstar scored a $4.4 profit on his waterfront home from his Heat days.
Mortgage rates slip even further, making it tempting to refinance
With mortgage rates falling, some lenders see an influx of refinances.
When it's smart to refinance a reverse mortgage
It usually doesn't make sense to refi with a 2nd reverse mortgage. Here are some exceptions.
Deducting private mortgage insurance
Lucky for you, the tax break for private mortgage insurance keeps getting extended.
Personal lenders promise online-only mortgages, without having to talk to a rep
If it's an online experience you prefer, maybe the personal loans marketplace is for you.
30-year mortgage falls to its lowest level in nearly 3 years
As the Federal Reserve hints at a slow pace of rate hikes, mortgage rates fall.
Take your pick: Reverse mortgage, HELOC or cash-out mortgage
Seniors looking for income in retirement have several options. Here's a rundown.
HomePath mortgage saves money on closing costs when buying a foreclosure
First-time homebuyers can save on closing costs, thanks to Fannie Mae.
7 questions to ask before buying a home
Before you make an offer on a house, make sure you get the answers to these questions.
Calculating capital gain on the sale of rental property that has a 2nd mortgage
The 2nd mortgage isn't in the equation when you calculate gain. Here's how it works.
3 ways to tame student loan debt and afford a mortgage
Overcome school debt in straightforward (or sly) ways and own a home.
Fed chief is in no hurry to raise rates, so mortgages fall
Mortgage rates drop after the head of the central bank counsels patience.
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