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

New Budget Holds Hidden Tax Benefits

Call it buried tax treasure for homeowners: Deep inside the behemoth 654-page bipartisan budget bill recently signed into law by President Donald Trump are little-noticed extensions of key tax-code benefits that expired in 2016, but now can be used for upcoming 2017 tax filings.

Kenneth Harney

Virtual Staging Can Make Houses Look Too Good to be True

Try to picture this real estate scenario – virtually. Like 90 percent of shoppers searching for a home, you start on the web, checking out listings and locations. You find a house that appears to be what you’re after, and you tap into the photos section of the listing to see the interior shots.

Kenneth Harney

Less-Stringent Standards Open Options For Homebuyers

Here’s an important question for anyone hoping to buy a home next year but who isn’t quite confident about qualifying for a mortgage: Is it true that lenders have eased up on certain key requirements, making it simpler for first-time buyers and others who can’t pass all the strict tests to get approved?

Kenneth Harney

Equifax Breach Already Taking A Toll On Consumers

he scenario that personal finance and credit experts feared most about the heist of consumer data from Equifax may already be underway: Criminals are using the stolen information to apply for mortgages, credit cards, student loans, tapping into bank debit accounts, filing insurance claims and racking up substantial debts, according to a major new class-action suit.