Undisclosed financial ties are drawing scrutiny from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Credit scores remain a high hurdle for many mortgage applicants as banks stay gun-shy
(The Washington Post, August 1, 2014; 7:45 AM)
Seller can gain by paying a lender to lower the interest rate on a buyer’s mortgage
(The Washington Post, July 25, 2014; 7:45 AM)
Debt ratios, not credit scores, are the most worrisome factor for mortgage applicants
(The Washington Post, July 18, 2014; 7:45 AM)
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)