Credit-risk managers say borrower’s ability to repay loan outweighs FICO scores and size of down payment.
 
New service tracks prices on millions of houses and forecasts how they will change
(The Washington Post, July 11, 2014; 7:45 AM)
 
Bias complaints by women prompt lenders and mortgage insurers to pay settlements
(The Washington Post, July 4, 2014; 7:45 AM)
 
Tenants can now have their history of rent payments incorporated into their credit scores
(The Washington Post, June 27, 2014; 7:45 AM)
 
Home equity leaps ahead, though mortgages remain underwater for millions of owners
(The Washington Post, June 13, 2014; 7:45 AM)
 
Homeowners planning short sales confront a rift in Congress with major tax consequences
(The Washington Post, June 6, 2014; 7:45 AM)
 
Loan calculator shows how competing mortgage proposals differ in the long run
(The Washington Post, May 30, 2014; 7:45 AM)
 
Realtors urge condo boards to consider getting their units certified for FHA loans
(The Washington Post, May 23, 2014; 7:45 AM)
 
Realtors poll shows a big decline in complaints about appraisers
(The Washington Post, May 16, 2014; 7:45 AM)
 
Easing credit-score rules might be a low-risk way to expand the pool of home buyers
(The Washington Post, May 9, 2014; 7:45 AM)
 
Health-care law’s 3.8 percent surtax will not affect many home sellers
(The Washington Post, July 13, 2012; 6:55 AM)
 
Cash-out refinancing grows more attractive for borrowers with equity in their homes
(The Washington Post, May 2, 2014; 7:45 AM)
 
Mortgages are easier to obtain than many prospective home buyers might expect
(The Washington Post, April 25, 2014; 7:45 AM)
 
Spring may not be the best time to put a house on the market
(The Washington Post, April 18, 2014; 7:45 AM)
 
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)
 
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)
 
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)