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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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A compilation of mortgage news, stories, columns, blogs and videos
Mortgage rates are mixed in a week with little economic direction
For homebuyers and refinancers, mortgage rates are still enticingly low.
5 mortgages that require no down payment or a small down payment
Homebuyers can find mortgages that require a low-down payment or even no down payment.
Turned down for a mortgage? You have options
Rejection is never easy. Here are 3 things you can do.
4 types of mortgage deals that will save you money if you have the right job
From teachers to doctors, certain occupations come with mortgage perks.
Mortgage rates stay fairly stable, which means they're still low
Now is a great time for homebuyers to lock an attractive rate.
National mortgage rates for May 19, 2016
See rates from our survey of CDs, mortgages, home equity products, auto loans and credit cards.
Mortgage Rate Trend Index: May 19, 2016
Mortgage experts predict what will happen to rates over the next week -- and why.
Celeb house for sale: 'Law & Order: SVU' star Ice T is selling his penthouse
"Law & Order: SVU" star Ice T is selling this apartment overlooking New York City.
3 ways to tame student loan debt and afford a mortgage
Overcome school debt in straightforward (or sly) ways and own a home.
5 ways mortgages have gotten better since the housing bust
Yesteryear's bad home loans are gone. Here's how mortgages are less risky.
Mortgage rates fall as investors flee to the safety of bonds
A sell-off in stocks triggered a flight to the bond market, sending mortgage rates down.
4 homebuying factors you might easily overlook
When you've got your eye on a house for sale, look beyond the obvious.
This is why getting a mortgage can be so costly if your mate has a low FICO score
Getting a mortgage with someone with bad credit? Here's why it can cost you thousands.
Celeb house for sale: Carrie Ann Inaba of 'DWTS' hopes to score big price for home
The "Dancing With the Stars" judge hopes to score a winning price for her L.A. abode.
The costs of buying a home come in these 3 big waves
Here's when you write the big checks during the homebuying process.
Mortgage rates creep upward, just in time for homebuying season
The rise could be due to homebuying demand or uncertainty about 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.
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.
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