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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
For PITI's sake: Mortgage acronyms defined
Shopping for a home loan? Learn the definitions for these mortgage acronyms ASAP.
Buying a home? What to expect when you're closing
On closing day, you seal the deal. It's also your last chance to make changes.
Loan Estimate: How much will the closing costs be for this mortgage?
Mortgage closing costs appear twice in the Loan Estimate. Here's where.
Loan Estimate: How much cash to close?
How much cash will you need at closing? See how to find out on the Loan Estimate.
You can negotiate your mortgage closing costs. Here's how
The new Loan Estimate form is designed to make it easier for you to negotiate closing costs.
Loan Estimate: How much will my payments be for this mortgage?
Here's where can you find the estimated monthly mortgage payments on the Loan Estimate.
The Loan Estimate: What's the interest rate on the mortgage?
See how the interest rate calculation is presented in the new Loan Estimate.
When you should and shouldn't use the home seller's preferred lender
The seller wants you to get a mortgage from a specific lender. When is it a good idea?
Mortgage rates stand still while home prices keep rising
The mortgage process is being transformed, even as rates remain the same.
National mortgage rates for Oct. 1, 2015
See rates from our survey of CDs, mortgages, home equity products, auto loans and credit cards.
Mortgage Rate Trend Index: Oct. 1, 2015
Mortgage experts predict what will happen to rates over the next week -- and why.
Celebrity house for sale: Dean Cain selling Colorado compound
The supersized compound of this onetime Superman is listed for $5.4M.
Tour the Loan Estimate form for mortgages
New forms will be put in homebuyers' hands this week. Here's where to find crucial information.
The Loan Estimate: Where to find answers to your mortgage questions
Questions about a mortgage offer? Here's where to find answers on the Loan Estimate.
The Loan Estimate: What it tells you about a mortgage offer
The Loan Estimate helps you understand and compare mortgage offers.
Can a disabled veteran on SSDI and SSI qualify for a mortgage to buy a home?
A disabled veteran can get a home loan, and money for retrofitting is available, too.
Mortgage rates fall amid global market jitters
China's economy and other worries push mortgage rates lower. Find out by how much.
Celebrity house for sale: Neil Young selling Hawaii home
Looking for a "Heart of Gold"? Would you settle for a $24.5M retreat? Young's is for sale.
Reverse mortgage cheat sheet
Take care in weighing a complicated reverse mortgage. These basics will get you started.
Mortgage loan debate: Stick with a bank or go with a broker?
It matters where you go for a mortgage. Who offers a better deal -- a banker or broker?
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