Owning My Home
The challenges of buying a home.Does it really have to be this hard?
One size does not fill all when it comes to homeowner's insurance.
Just because you're not in foreclosure doesn't mean things are peachy.What the new mortage rules mean for you
Should you take back a note to get your house sold? Probably not.Why Jane Bryant Quinn thinks this is a bad idea
Can a foreclosure strengthen your marriage?Well, maybe. Find out how.
Q&A: What costs should I consider when buying a home?New homeowners can be surprised by ongoing costs.
Q&A: What requirements are needed for a reverse mortgage?Qualifying for a reverse mortgage is one thing; whether it’s a good idea for you to get one is another question.
Q&A: How do down payments affect my mortgage?In general the more cash you put down, the smaller your monthly payment.
Q&A: How does home buying affect taxes?Buying a home can have advantageous tax considerations.
Q&A: What happens if I'm renting a home and it's foreclosed?Is it time to start packing? The short answer is “no."
May 21, 2013
NEW YORK (MainStreet) — The old rule of thumb says: Don’t buy a home unless you’ll stay there for four or five years — long enough for appreciation to offset expenses such as the real estate...
May 20, 2013
A few months ago, we finally wrapped up our basement — it’s like we have a second house down there now. One of the last projects we did was the understairs storage area, and we needed a place to store latex paint. We can...
May 17, 2013
BOSTON (MainStreet) — A new bathroom or roof can make your home a lot more pleasant, but don't expect to recover its cost when you sell.
That's because a recent analysis by Remodeling magazine and the National Association of Realtors found...
May 16, 2013
NEW YORK (BankingMyWay) — A house is a home. No, it’s an investment. OK, then, it’s both.
And that’s problem — a muddled view that can be used to rationalize an unsuitable property....
May 16, 2013
Assuming your goal is to reduce your interest expense, you’ll know it’s time to refinance if the cost to refinance can be recouped by your reduced mortgage payment before you plan to sell.
May 15, 2013
BOSTON (MainStreet) — Spring is a popular time for home-renovation projects, but a recent study by Remodeling magazine and the National Association of Realtors found that not all upgrades...
May 14, 2013
NEW YORK (MainStreet) — After the housing and mortgage crisis of the past few years, you’d think people would have thought long and hard about how best to conduct their next home purchase or...
May 13, 2013
As I’ve been settling into life as a homeowner (spoiler: it’s expensive), I’ve thought a lot about my spending habits. There’s still...
May 13, 2013
NEW YORK (MainStreet) — According to the Employment Benefit Research Institute, 49 percent of Americans are either “not too confident” or “not at all confident” about...
May 10, 2013
NEW YORK (MainStreet) — What do people really want in buying a home? First-time buyers differ from “average” homebuyers in establishing those priorities, according to a...