Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 4:10 pm
By Judy Martel ·

The average cost to own a home is up more than 20 percent across the country.

Friday, July 05, 2013 4:00 pm
By Judy Martel ·

Homeownership continues to decline, even as the housing market improves.

Thursday, May 09, 2013 6:04 pm
By Crissinda Ponder ·

The CFPB held a field hearing Wednesday to explore student loan affordability issues and find ways for private student loan borrowers to manage their debt.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 3:04 pm
By Kay Bell ·

The House tax-writing committee recently held a hearing on homeownership tax breaks and how they fit into tax reform. Guess what. They’re safe!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 12:44 pm
By Holden Lewis ·

Prospective renters found fewer places available for rent in the third quarter. Yet monthly rents barely changed.

Thursday, September 13, 2012 6:00 am
By Judy Martel ·

The decision to buy instead of rent is easier if you calculate the numbers.

Monday, May 21, 2012 6:30 pm
By Judy Martel ·

Despite the battering of the housing market, young adults still intend to own a home.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012 2:26 pm
By Judy Martel ·

Despite low mortgage rates and home prices, the first quarter of this year saw the rate of homeownership fall …

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 6:04 pm
By Judy Martel ·

The monthly cost of owning a median-priced home (including taxes and insurance) is lower than the average cost to rent in 12 metro areas, according to a Wall Street Journal survey. In 15 of the 27 cities surveyed, it is still less expensive to rent, but the scale has been tipping in favor of homeownership.

Monday, October 10, 2011 4:59 pm
By Judy Martel ·

Mortgage rates hit a new record low in last week’s Bankrate survey, but homeowners still aren’t biting, as proven by a drop in applications for new mortgages and refinance loans. Homebuyers are holding back, for sure, as home prices keep falling and lenders continue their reluctance to extend a mortgage to anyone without stellar credit

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