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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
Mortgage Rate Trend Index: July 2, 2015
Mortgage experts predict what will happen to rates over the next week -- and why.
Private mortgage insurance, or PMI: Just the basics
Bewildered by private mortgage insurance? We explain PMI.
National mortgage rates for July 2, 2015
See rates from our survey of CDs, mortgages, home equity products, auto loans and credit cards.
What determines mortgage rates?
Lenders have less to do with determining your mortgage rate than you might think.
Mortgage rates fall, then stage a comeback in Greek melodrama
A possible breakthrough in Greek debt talks mars a downward trend in mortgage rates.
Jumbos and other mortgage types: Just the basics
There are all types of mortgages for all types of people. Consider these nontraditional loans.
Understanding escrow accounts
Escrow accounts ensure that the taxes and insurance will be paid, and in a timely fashion.
For rent: California home of Shaun White, aka 'The Flying Tomato'
Learn to surf like this snowboarding champ: White's oceanfront home is for rent.
TILA, servicing statement and other mortgage disclosures: Just the basics
Here is a list of disclosures (besides the GFE) that a mortgage lender must provide.
Guide to the Good Faith Estimate, or GFE: Just the basics
Here's how to read the Good Faith Estimate of closing costs when you apply for a mortgage.
5 key steps in the mortgage underwriting process
The lender has a lot to do before your closing. See how you can help.
Mom wants to give me a house. How should she do it?
How does a parent give a house to a child and trigger the least taxes possible?
What the reverse mortgage financial assessment means to you
To get a reverse mortgage, you have to pass a review of your finances. Here's what to know.
15 questions to expect from a mortgage lender
A mortgage lender will want to know these things about your finances.
Mortgage rates rise as housing flourishes
Mortgage rates float higher after the Fed signals that a rate hike will come this year.
Here's what happens to their reverse mortgage after your parents die
A reverse mortgage must be repaid after your parents die. There's more than one way.
Fixed-rate mortgages: Just the basics
Here are the benefits and drawbacks of a fixed-rate mortgage.
Refinancing a mortgage: The basics
Here's why people refinance mortgages, with examples of rate-and-term and cash-out refis.
For sale: Michael Jackson's former Neverland Ranch
Once home to an elephant, giraffes and Bubbles the chimpanzee, Neverland is on the market for $100 million.
3 ways to tame student loan debt and afford a mortgage
Overcome school debt in straightforward (or sly) ways and own a home.
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