WASHINGTON — Here’s some good news for home buyers and owners burdened with costly student loan debts: Mortgage investor Fannie Mae has just made sweeping rule changes that should make it easier... Read More
WASHINGTON — It’s a real estate question that historically has had an easy answer: Do single-family detached homes appreciate in value faster than condominiums?
The standard answer has been: Of... Read More
WASHINGTON — When is your “credit score” irrelevant in buying a house or refinancing a mortgage? A new federal legal settlement with a major credit bureau has the answer: The only score that... Read More
WASHINGTON — Are you getting fleeced on appraisal charges when you buy a house or refinance? Could you be paying as much as double what the appraiser is receiving for actually doing the work, with... Read More
WASHINGTON — If your real estate agent requires you to get a mortgage pre-approval from one specific lender as a condition of submitting an offer to buy a house — even if another lender already... Read More
WASHINGTON — How tough is it to get approved for a mortgage? How low can your FICO credit score go before your lender shows you the door?
And how much monthly debt can you be shouldering —... Read More
WASHINGTON — The small-scale owners of millions of rental homes, parcels of investment land and income-producing commercial and business real estate might not know it, but one of their key... Read More
WASHINGTON — For millions of moderate-income home buyers, there’s an important money-saving question looming in 2017: Will Congress reinstate deductions for mortgage insurance premiums as part of... Read More