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Housing: Homeowners' tax breaks are at stake

Since Congress has taken off on its annual summer recess, you might assume that nothing is happening on Capitol Hill that could affect the taxes you pay on your home. Quite the reverse.

August 10, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Housing: Mortgage 'upsellers' might still be in business

It's called "upselling" - steering home mortgage applicants into higher-cost terms that increase the lender's profits - and it was rampant during the housing boom years.

August 03, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Housing: Homeowners' group modeled on AARP to launch

Do 75 million homeowners need their own advocate before Congress and federal agencies on issues such as the mortgage interest tax deduction, retention of low down payment loans and the start of tougher financing rules next January?

July 27, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Reverse mortgages risky, but seldom like this

WASHINGTON - Call it the estate-devouring, nightmare home loan you hope to never encounter:

July 20, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Housing: Several routes to lower down payment

It's a crucial question for many first-time and moderate-income buyers in rebounding markets across the country: Where do we find the lowest down payment, lowest monthly cost loans? The answers are changing.

July 13, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Housing: Home equity numbers rebound as market heats up

You've probably seen some of the reports during the past week about home sales and prices. Housing is hot.

July 06, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Housing: Student debt undercutting 1st-time-buyer market

They're not yet an endangered species, but their steadily diminishing presence has some real estate analysts worried: First-time buyers are missing in action in housing markets across the country.

June 29, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Housing: Homebuyers monitored for fresh debt

You can call it Big Brother. You can call it high-tech snooping. But be aware: If you are applying for a mortgage in the coming weeks, you can be sure that your credit will be checked and re-checked - possibly monitored daily - to make certain no hints of new debts pop up before you close on…

June 22, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Housing: Why 10-year mortgage loans are getting popular

The refinancing boom may be cooling down, but the move to shorter mortgages - especially 10-year loans among pre-retirees - appears to be accelerating.

June 15, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Housing: Retirees can use nest egg to get financing

Here's a heads-up for the growing ranks of seniors whose post-retirement monthly incomes aren't sufficient to qualify for a mortgage under today's tough underwriting standards: Thanks to a rule change by the largest players in the home loan business, you may be able to use imputed income fro…

May 25, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Housing: Some zero-down mortgages perform exceedingly well

Who says lenders need to charge you a cash down payment when you take out a mortgage in this era of hyper-strict underwriting?

May 04, 2013 12:00 am Related Loading…

Housing: Second mortgages make a comeback

Using your home as an ATM no longer is a financial option, but the tools that allowed owners to pull out massive amounts of money during the boom years - equity credit lines and second mortgages - are making a comeback.

April 20, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Housing: HUD gives AZ senior a birthday haymaker

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February 02, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Housing: New reverse-mortgage rules will cut drawdowns

WASHINGTON - You've probably seen the reverse-mortgage pitchmen at work on your TV screen - former Sen. Fred Thompson and actors Robert Wagner and Henry "Fonzie" Winkler prominent among them - urging seniors to pull cash out of their homes through a loan program guaranteed by the federal gov…

December 29, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Housing: Second mortgages making a rebound

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October 13, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Housing: Go green, get more for home

WASHINGTON - It has been a controversial question in the home real estate market for years: Is there extra green when you buy green? Do houses with lots of energy-saving and sustainability features sell for more than houses without them? If so, by how much?

July 21, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

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