Lenders revise borrowing standards after Fannie and Freddie allow for lower down payments.
Zillow offers estimates of your house’s value. But the error rate can be high.
(The Washington Post, February 6, 2015; 7:45 AM)
Millennials jump into the mortgage market
(The Washington Post, January 30, 2015; 7:45 AM)
Consumer agency lists mortgage rates — but doesn’t tell the whole story
(The Washington Post, January 23, 2015; 7:45 AM)
Many gain from new FHA insurance rules, but conventional loans are better for some
(The Washington Post, January 16, 2015; 7:45 AM)
Fannie Mae’s bid to boost appraisals’ accuracy draws fire
(The Washington Post, January 9, 2015; 7:45 AM)
Congress enacts tax break for homeowners who won debt forgiveness from lenders
(The Washington Post, January 2, 2015; 7:30 AM)
Homeowners often underestimate the value of their property, an analysis finds
(The Washington Post, December 19, 2014; 7:45 AM)
Even in cold-weather areas, winter is a good time to buy and sell a house
(The Washington Post, December 12, 2014; 7:45 AM)
As borrowing standards ease, prospective buyers may find they can enter the market
(The Washington Post, December 5, 2014; 7:45 AM)
As equity rises, many homeowners borrow to improve property and consolidate debt
(The Washington Post, November 28, 2014; 7:30 AM)
FHA orders stiffer underwriting standards for reverse mortgages
(The Washington Post, November 21, 2014; 7:45 AM)
Thousands who received debt relief would benefit if Congress renews expired tax law
(The Washington Post, November 14, 2014; 7:45 AM)
Condo prices outpace those of detached houses despite FHA’s ban on ‘spot’ loans
(The Washington Post, November 6, 2014; 7:24 PM)
Tide of negative equity continues to ebb, but pace of housing-wealth improvement slows
(The Washington Post, October 31, 2014; 7:45 AM)
Veterans have created a housing boom
(The Washington Post, October 24, 2014; 7:45 AM)
FHA intends to reactivate a rule protecting buyers and insurers from abuses by flippers
(The Washington Post, October 17, 2014; 7:45 AM)
Like Ben Bernanke, even financially secure retirees sometimes can’t get loans
(The Washington Post, October 10, 2014; 7:45 AM)
Even if you don’t qualify for a standard mortgage, there may be ways to get a loan
(The Washington Post, October 3, 2014; 7:45 AM)
Fannie, Freddie block mortgages for many by relying on old FICO models, critics say
(The Washington Post, September 26, 2014; 7:45 AM)
House panel considers ways to boost credit scores, but complications come to light
(The Washington Post, September 19, 2014; 7:45 AM)
As Congress returns, tax breaks for owners with underwater loans remain uncertain
(The Washington Post, September 12, 2014; 7:45 AM)
FHA will stop lenders from charging extra interest when homeowners sell or refinance
(The Washington Post, September 5, 2014; 7:45 AM)
Home equity lines of credit surge as banks approve loans to more and more owners
(The Washington Post, August 29, 2014; 7:45 AM)
New FICO model could raise scores, but it may not help home buyers anytime soon
(The Washington Post, August 22, 2014; 7:45 AM)
Suit may make home buyers ask whether brokers are conspiring with title agencies
(The Washington Post, August 15, 2014; 7:45 AM)
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)