Don’t call it a “buyer’s market.” Don’t call it a “correction.” Call it a “re-balancing.”
What’s been happening to that good old-fashioned American way to sell your home – doing it yourself, with minimal or no commission costs?
It’s a common problem for retirees seeking to refinance or get a new mortgage: After their regular employment earnings stop flowing, their monthly incomes drop.
Do you have a pretty good idea of what your house is worth? Could you estimate within, say, 5 percent of what it’s likely to sell for? If so, would that make you more accurate about your home value than an estimate from a computer program loaded with recent sales data and algorithms?
If you make extensive energy-conservation and other green improvements to your home, will they earn you a premium price for the entire house when you go to sell?
You’ve probably seen actor Tom Selleck suavely pitching federally insured reverse mortgages on TV and thought, hmm, that sounds interesting.
Thinking about remodeling your home – redoing a bathroom or the kitchen? Or maybe purchasing a new home from a builder? Or simply buying new appliances?
Millions of Americans have a new record high average FICO score, and that’s positive news for homebuyers, sellers, lenders and the economy overall.
Prices are up, interest rates are rising and it’s tough for a lot of people to qualify to buy a home. So what do some of them do? A growing number of them fake it.
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.
Here’s some promising news for self-employed entrepreneurs, “gig” economy workers and small business owners: There’s a bipartisan push underway on Capitol Hill to make the home mortgage process a lot easier.
Is it easier today for homebuyers with a high debt ratio and sub-par credit scores to qualify for a mortgage than it’s been in years?
You might be relaxing at the beach or in the mountains, but if you’re considering purchasing a home in the coming months, you should be aware of an important shift emerging in the market: price-cutting.
Nearly a year after the catastrophic Equifax hack exposed 147 million Americans’ personal and financial data to cybercriminals, consumers are about to get a break – something especially useful for homebuyers and owners.
If you’re seriously thinking about buying a home in the months ahead, you almost certainly know how important your FICO credit score will be in getting a mortgage.
Do you really need an escrow account attached to your mortgage? Aren’t you capable of remembering when it’s time to pay tax and insurance bills? These questions suddenly are more controversial than you might guess.
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.
Will Baby Boomers turn into party poopers when they unload their homes in large numbers starting in the next decade?
In a move with potentially significant implications for consumers, realty agents and lenders, the Trump administration has decided not to take legal action against online realty giant Zillow for alleged violations of federal anti-kickback and deceptive-practices rules.
If you’ve got it, don’t piggybank it – borrow against it.