Kenneth R. Harney

Kenneth Harney

Washington Post Columnist

Kenneth R. Harney is a nationally syndicated real estate columnist with the Washington Post.
Kenneth Harney can be reached at editorial@thewarrengroup.com

Should Ethics Violations Be Available to the Public?

In an era when you can find almost anything you want to know online about real estate – the estimated market value of a house, the rankings of neighborhood schools, crime rates, walkability and much more – there’s one important subject that’s difficult for consumers to check out: Ethics infractions by local Realtors, including agents you might want to hire to list your house or help you buy.

Closing Costs Can Bust a Homebuyer’s Budget

In the emotional rush that precedes buying a home – negotiating contract details and price, beating away rival bidders, searching for the best mortgage deal – closing costs often aren’t a pressing concern. Yet what you pay at settlement can be surprisingly expensive, even a budget buster.