Mortgages

Why Tiny Homes Are Gaining in Popularity Due to Affordability

Why Tiny Homes Are Gaining in Popularity Due to Affordability

Tiny homes, which can vary from 100 square feet to 400 square feet, are sprouting up across the U.S. in both cities and more rural areas.

Why the Extra Costs of Owning a Home Are Lower Than Consumer Expectations

Why the Extra Costs of Owning a Home Are Lower Than Consumer Expectations

First-time homebuyers are often apprehensive about the extra costs of owning a house, fearful that routine maintenance and repairs will add up quickly, exceeding their original budget.

HARP For Homeowners: The Expiring Program That Can Refinance Underwater Loans

HARP For Homeowners: The Expiring Program That Can Refinance Underwater Loans

Is your home financially underwater? A little-discussed government program can help.

Mortgage Headache: The Process Will Require A Houseful Of Patience

Mortgage Headache: The Process Will Require A Houseful Of Patience

Streamlined mortgage documents make it easier for buyers to see if the loan they were quoted is the loan they're getting. However, it takes time to get them right.

Consumers Should Not Assume a Lower Down Payment Is a Better Option

Consumers Should Not Assume a Lower Down Payment Is a Better Option

First-time homeowners are often caught in a conundrum when they are faced with tantalizing offers of either lower mortgage rates or a smaller down payment.

Why Zombie Homes Are Consuming Entire Neighborhoods

Why Zombie Homes Are Consuming Entire Neighborhoods

In a buoyant real estate market some neighborhoods - whole cities - face longterm struggles to recover.

10 Cities Where Foreclosures Make Up a Significant Portion of the Housing Market

10 Cities Where Foreclosures Make Up a Significant Portion of the Housing Market

New foreclosures are getting less common, but foreclosed properties are still a huge segment of some cities' real estate markets thanks to banks purging them from their stockpiles.

Homeownership Savings: Mortgage Closing Costs Decline 7%

Homeownership Savings: Mortgage Closing Costs Decline 7%

Potential homeowners can also save thousands of dollars over the life of their loan by slashing their closing costs.

Insider Tips on Getting a Low Downpayment Mortgage

Insider Tips on Getting a Low Downpayment Mortgage

Low down payment mortgage deals are harder to get, but you can still get them, if you play the game right.

Mortgage Refinance Hinges on Clearing a Path to Lower Rates

Mortgage Refinance Hinges on Clearing a Path to Lower Rates

Good mortgage refinancing deals are out there, but you'll need a solid plan, and good credit.

Why the 2015 U.S. Housing Market Is the Best One Since 2006

Why the 2015 U.S. Housing Market Is the Best One Since 2006

The U.S housing market is on fire - be ready to pounce if you're a buyer.

The Housing Recovery Looks Ominous With Mortgage Applications Plunging

The Housing Recovery Looks Ominous With Mortgage Applications Plunging

The latest MBA weekly data show mortgage applications dropped 4.7% while mortgage rates ticked up to their highest level since last October. Does this spell bad news for the future?

Millennials Can Become Homeowners Most Easily Here

Millennials Can Become Homeowners Most Easily Here

Young Americans who aspire to own their own homes should forget about high-paying jobs on Wall Street or in Silicon Valley and move to low-cost Akron or Scranton instead.

Owning a Home Can Be Cheaper Than Renting, If You Look Here

Owning a Home Can Be Cheaper Than Renting, If You Look Here

For all those frustrated by shelling out money to your landlord without building any equity, it's time to look at getting a mortgage here.

Is Flipping Houses a Good Investment For Your Time and Money?

Is Flipping Houses a Good Investment For Your Time and Money?

The foreclosure purchase bonanza isn't what it used to be. But that doesn't mean that the days of flipping houses are over.

When You Go to Buy a Starter Home, You Need to Think About More Than Just Yourself

When You Go to Buy a Starter Home, You Need to Think About More Than Just Yourself

Buying any home is an investment, and investments need customers.

Mortgage Delinquency Rates Are Back at Pre-Recession Levels

Mortgage Delinquency Rates Are Back at Pre-Recession Levels

Mortgage delinquencies are down, and that should help drive home sales higher this summer.

Easy Ways You Can Get Thousands More When You Put Your House on the Market

Easy Ways You Can Get Thousands More When You Put Your House on the Market

Not only is it possible for you to improve your home and get more money, it's probably a lot easier than you think.

Will Foreclosure Victims Ruin the Market Now That They're Creditworthy Again?

Will Foreclosure Victims Ruin the Market Now That They're Creditworthy Again?

Some 7.3 million consumers who lost homes to the foreclosure crisis could soon find their credit has recovered enough to let them qualify for mortgages and buy again.

What a Green Roof Costs You on the Way to Saving Everything

What a Green Roof Costs You on the Way to Saving Everything

Planting a garden on your roof provides insulation in the winter and cooling in the summer, saves money and the Earth and might just keep you healthy as well.

The Rich Are Returning to America's Best Big Cities

The Rich Are Returning to America's Best Big Cities

Goodbye, suburbia. Today's trend among the affluent is urban living.

First-Time Homeowners Opt for Ease of Owning a Condo or Townhouse

First-Time Homeowners Opt for Ease of Owning a Condo or Townhouse

Many first-time homeowners are drawn to the ease of owning a condo or a townhouse instead of a house.

Generation X and Millennials Are Choosing to Remain Renters

Generation X and Millennials Are Choosing to Remain Renters

Fewer Americans are drawn to the notion of owning a home and plan to keep renting as wages remain stagnant and home prices have risen.

Here Are the Worst Big Cities for Renters Who Love Their Pets

Here Are the Worst Big Cities for Renters Who Love Their Pets

Animal lovers can expect a really ruff time finding apartments in these five cities.

Dallas Is Hottest Home Buying Market But California Cities Dominate The Top 15 List

Dallas Is Hottest Home Buying Market But California Cities Dominate The Top 15 List

How quickly a home sells is one way to measure the popularity of a metropolis.

Choosing a 15-year Mortgage Can Save You Thousands of Dollars

Choosing a 15-year Mortgage Can Save You Thousands of Dollars

Homeowners who want to pay less interest often opt for 15-year mortgages.

5 Best Places to Rent for People Who Won’t Give Up Their Pets

5 Best Places to Rent for People Who Won’t Give Up Their Pets

Tenants with pets can have a hard time finding apartments, but here's are five U.S. markets that that are tops in animal acceptance.

How Millennials Are Hampering Housing Prices By Living At Home

How Millennials Are Hampering Housing Prices By Living At Home

Roughly 30% of Millennials still live with mom and dad, which is stifling demand for roughly 3 million homes but improving young Americans' financial outlook.

With Home Prices Up, Inventories Thinning, What’s a Homebuyer to Do?

With Home Prices Up, Inventories Thinning, What’s a Homebuyer to Do?

The real estate market is tough right now, but savvy buyers can still get the job done.