Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Wednesday, August 03, 2011 3:13 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

Now that President Barack Obama has averted the first-ever U.S. default by signing off on a higher U.S. debt ceiling, the country is returning its focus to the sluggish economic and housing recovery. A consequence of plummeting Treasury yields surrounding the default uncertainty has been lower mortgage rates — average 30-year-fixed mortgage rates are well

Friday, June 10, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

I recently bowed out of a home purchase because of what I couldn’t see as opposed to what I could. A previous owner had installed a new roof over a portion of the old one, leaving no room for an inspector to peer between the two. When active termites were discovered in an adjoining exterior

Thursday, July 01, 2010 9:47 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

If you were struggling to close on the purchase of a home so you could get an $8,000 tax break, thank the housing gods or whatever deity you follow. You now have three more months to close on your new home. At the literal eleventh hour last night, the Senate signed off on a measure