Spring may not be the best time to put a house on the market
A study finds that properties listed in winter sell faster and for better prices.
Tax benefits for homeowners look uncertain as Senate and House take different tacks
(The Washington Post, April 11, 2014; 7:45 AM)
As Fannie and Freddie boost earnings, critics say their fees are excessive and damaging
(The Washington Post, April 4, 2014; 7:40 AM)
Federal Housing Administration retreats from full-month interest charges on closings
(The Washington Post, March 28, 2014; 7:30 AM)
With a new chairman, Senate committee may revive efforts to restore popular tax benefits
(The Washington Post, March 20, 2014; 5:30 AM)
As equity in housing rises, millions of owners escape the perils of the real estate bust
(The Washington Post, March 13, 2014; 11:00 AM)
Tax reform plan would end or curtail benefits enjoyed by many homeowners
(The Washington Post, March 7, 2014; 7:45 AM)
Borrowing against home equity surges, but lenders say controls are tighter than before
(The Washington Post, February 28, 2014; 7:45 AM)
Massive credit-data breaches may pose problems for people trying to buy houses
(The Washington Post, January 31, 2014; 7:50 AM)
Mortgages have become harder to obtain, but consumers do have some alternatives
(The Washington Post, January 24, 2014; 7:50 AM)
New federal rule on appraisals will be useful to home buyers
(The Washington Post, January 17, 2014; 7:50 AM)
Consumer protection agency wants to know about snags that arise in real estate closings
(The Washington Post, January 10, 2014; 9:40 AM)
With interest rates likely to rise, hybrid mortgages may be a good option for 2014
(The Washington Post, January 3, 2014; 9:50 AM)
Equity in homes surges in past year, allowing owners to sell, borrow and refinance
(The Washington Post, December 20, 2013; 9:45 AM)
Congress’s inaction on real estate issues leaves homeowners and investors unsettled
(The Washington Post, December 13, 2013; 9:50 AM)
Prompt foreclosures may spur recovery of housing prices overall , appraisal firm finds
(The Washington Post, November 29, 2013; 9:40 AM)
Energy-conserving homes may soon get rewards from a major mortgage insurer
(The Washington Post, November 22, 2013; 9:45 AM)
Homeowner tax benefits seem unlikely to get Congress’s attention before they expire
(The Washington Post, November 15, 2013; 9:45 AM)
With payments on equity lines soon to rise, real-estate experts fear a ‘wave of disaster’
(The Washington Post, November 8, 2013; 9:50 AM)
Jumbo home loans may grow more common if Fannie and Freddie trim their mortgage limits
(The Washington Post, November 1, 2013; 9:50 AM)
Tax breaks for housing look safe for this year despite reform efforts in Congress
(The Washington Post, October 25, 2013; 9:50 AM)
Down payments may rise to 30 percent
(The Washington Post, October 18, 2013; 9:55 AM)
Closing-cost credits: Only some lenders are offering them to mortgage applicants
(The Washington Post, October 11, 2013; 9:55 AM)
School quality is tied home prices in new study. But other factors may affect values.
(The Washington Post, October 4, 2013; 9:55 AM)
Part-time income often isn’t counted for people seeking mortgages
(The Washington Post, September 27, 2013; 9:55 AM)
Reverse mortgages become less generous for retirees drawing down on home’s value
(The Washington Post, September 13, 2013; 9:50 AM)
Mortgages may be getting easier to obtain as lenders adjust their credit standards
(The Washington Post, September 20, 2013; 9:55 AM)
For short-sellers, some good news
(The Washington Post, September 6, 2013; 9:40 AM)
Housing market cools off, with prices easing and inventories going up
(The Washington Post, August 23, 2013; 9:50 AM)
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have recovered. Why dismantle them?
(The Washington Post, August 16, 2013; 9:50 AM)
Congress is on recess, but committees eye changes that could affect homeowners
(The Washington Post, August 9, 2013; 9:50 AM)
New group aims to enlist millions to push the interests of homeowners and tenants
(The Washington Post, July 26, 2013; 9:45 AM)
Reverse mortgages can become nightmares for seniors and their relatives
(The Washington Post, July 19, 2013; 9:45 AM)
Mortgage giants make it easier for retirees to secure loans
(The Washington Post, May 24, 2013; 9:55 AM)
Short sales may be treated like foreclosures by credit-reporting agencies
(The Washington Post, May 17, 2013; 9:55 AM)
‘Pocket listings’ allow realty agents to make sales without sharing commissions
(The Washington Post, May 10, 2013; 9:45 AM)
Is a down payment essential for a solid mortgage? Two credit unions suggest no.
(The Washington Post, May 3, 2013; 9:50 AM)
Even in a hot market, sellers need to be smart about attracting buyers
(The Washington Post, April 26, 2013; 9:40 AM)
Banks grow more willing to allow homeowners to borrow against their equity
(The Washington Post, April 19, 2013; 9:55 AM)
Hot housing markets revive techniques that marked the bubble of a decade ago
(The Washington Post, April 12, 2013; 9:50 AM)
Mortgage-related complaints make up almost half of cases in federal database
(The Washington Post, April 5, 2013; 9:40 AM)
Energy-efficient homes are less likely than others to have problem loans
(The Washington Post, March 29, 2013; 5:30 AM)
Buyers favor ‘green’ houses, but they’re often not easy to identify or appraise
(The Washington Post, March 22, 2013; 9:30 AM)
Health-care law’s 3.8 percent surtax will not affect many home sellers
(The Washington Post, July 13, 2012; 6:55 AM)
Mortgage lenders may be easing their standards, but not for everyone
(The Washington Post, August 3, 2012; 5:55 AM)
House hunters in many areas are finding it’s no longer a buyer’s market
(The Washington Post, July 27, 2012; 5:50 AM)
Study finds that energy-efficient homes often command higher prices
(The Washington Post, July 20, 2012; 6:55 AM)
Federal Housing Administration rescinds tough new rules on mortgage applicants
(The Washington Post, June 29, 2012; 6:55 AM)
House sales hampered by appraisers who fail to recognize appreciation
(The Washington Post, June 22, 2012; 6:40 AM)
Overpriced ‘pinball’ houses bounce buyers over to cheaper properties
(The Washington Post, June 15, 2012; 6:55 AM)