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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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Mortgage Rate Trend Index: April 23, 2015
Mortgage experts predict what will happen to rates over the next week -- and why.
National mortgage rates for April 23, 2015
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4 things to do before you pay off your mortgage early
Tackle these other financial missions before targeting that mortgage balance.
Mortgage rates pause as homebuyers get moving
Mortgage rates froze this week, while homebuyers showed signs of housing fever.
Julia Roberts' Hawaiian estate for sale
Not checking out this Hawaiian house would be a big mistake. Big. Huge!
How to lock a great mortgage rate
Lock a low mortgage rate by comparing rates and watching the timing.
Why pay extra toward mortgage principal?
Pay a little more every month, and your mortgage interest will drop. Here's how it works.
Mortgage rates fall as retail sales falter
Mortgage rates slipped after news that Americans shopped less than expected in March.
Mortgage rates for April 16, 2015
Mortgage rates retreated to a nearly two-year low.
Who gets Mom's leftover reverse mortgage?
Can heirs claim the remaining credit line on Mom's reverse mortgage after her death?
What you should know about land loans
So you want to buy land? Getting a land loan is different from a traditional mortgage.
5 housing trends to watch this spring
The number of would-be homebuyers is growing faster than the supply of homes for sale.
Gloria Estefan's Star Island house for sale
Turn the beat around! Estefan's Miami house is for sale for $40 million.
Gauging rate risk for your Libor-based ARM
If you have an adjustable-rate mortgage based on Libor, here's what that means.
Cut wait time for mortgage after foreclosure?
If you lost your house due to bad luck, can you reduce the waiting period for a new loan?
Mortgages stay low as homebuying heats up
Flat mortgage rates are good news for the legions of homebuyers who are making offers.
Deducting private mortgage insurance
Lucky for you, the tax deduction for private mortgage insurance keeps getting extended.
Turned down for a mortgage? Your options
Turned down for what? A mortgage! Here's how to respond to rejection.
Celebrity house for sale: Tom Cruise's California compound
This house is worth jumping on a couch for: Cruise's California estate is for sale.
Do you need to get a mortgage preapproval?
Most people don't get preapproved for a loan before house-hunting. Should they?
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