Mortgages

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.

Why There Are So Few Houses to Buy, and What You Can Do About It (Not Much)

Why There Are So Few Houses to Buy, and What You Can Do About It (Not Much)

Housing starts are up, property prices are rising and millions of homeowners are no longer "underwater" — so why the big shortage in homes for sale?

Here's Why Renters Might Be Getting A Better Deal Than Buyers

Here's Why Renters Might Be Getting A Better Deal Than Buyers

The to buy or to rent debate rages on and for Millennials especially, renting may be a more savvy option.

The Hidden Costs of Buying a Home Will Break Your Budget If You Aren’t Careful

The Hidden Costs of Buying a Home Will Break Your Budget If You Aren’t Careful

Buying a home is exciting, but the costs can add up quickly. It's important to build room into your budget for the hidden costs of buying a home.

Sales Tips That Will Increase the Value of Your Property

Sales Tips That Will Increase the Value of Your Property

Statistically the summer months are prime time to sell real estate.

Brace Yourself for Flood of Foreclosures When Boom-Era HELOCs Turn 10

Brace Yourself for Flood of Foreclosures When Boom-Era HELOCs Turn 10

Many underwater homeowners might simply walk away from their homes, letting lenders deal with the problem, but at least another housing bust looks unlikely.

5 Sales Tips to Heat Things Up as You Sell Your Home This Summer

5 Sales Tips to Heat Things Up as You Sell Your Home This Summer

The 2015 summer home selling season could be a blockbuster. Don't hesitate to take full advantage.

New Reverse Mortgage Policy Leaves Widows and Widowers Homeless

New Reverse Mortgage Policy Leaves Widows and Widowers Homeless

HUD was ordered by a federal judge to revise its reverse mortgage policies only after AARP sued along with the Mehri & Skalet law firm.

What to Do Now That Spring Housing Market Is Suddenly 'Smoking Hot'

What to Do Now That Spring Housing Market Is Suddenly 'Smoking Hot'

For homebuyers and sellers, a burgeoning housing market means it's time to cut a deal.

The Anatomy of a Mortgage – Determining Which Fees You Need to Pay

The Anatomy of a Mortgage – Determining Which Fees You Need to Pay

All mortgages are not created equal, so reading the fine print before you agree to a long-term commitment is crucial.

Tips for Finding Out if You're Financially Ready to Buy a House

Tips for Finding Out if You're Financially Ready to Buy a House

With 50 percent of Millennials living from paycheck to paycheck, owning a home is a daunting financial commitment.

Are You Ready to Own Your First Home? 6 Questions to Ask Yourself Now

Are You Ready to Own Your First Home? 6 Questions to Ask Yourself Now

Becoming a homeowner is a huge financial commitment. Here’s how to know whether you’re prepared to leave renting behind.