Kenneth R. Harney

Kenneth R. Harney

Washington Post Columnist

Kenneth R. Harney can be reached at kharney@thewarrengroup.com
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Tax Proposal Could Carry High Costs For Many Homeowners

Whether you already own a home or are thinking of purchasing, the new tax legislation pending before Congress poses serious questions: Am I going to get smacked with punitive new taxes? Will the value of my home decrease because previous real estate tax benefits have been stripped away? Or am I one of the lucky ones, well insulated against big losses?

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Less-Stringent Standards Open Options For Homebuyers

Here’s an important question for anyone hoping to buy a home next year but who isn’t quite confident about qualifying for a mortgage: Is it true that lenders have eased up on certain key requirements, making it simpler for first-time buyers and others who can’t pass all the strict tests to get approved?

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Shop Around For Title Insurance

A recent legal settlement between the federal government and a title insurance agency is drawing fresh attention to one of the murkiest, least understood and most expensive items you get charged for in a real estate closing: title insurance.

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Fannie And Freddie Stick With Outdated Credit Scoring

If you’ve been waiting for the long-anticipated news that the two dominant players in the home mortgage arena – Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – finally have decided to overhaul their outdated credit scoring systems to expand homeownership opportunities for a broader range of consumers, sorry. Your wait just got a lot longer.

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Court Penalizes Quicken In Appraisal Case

Quicken Loans arguably has the mortgage industry’s squeakiest-clean image, So it might come as surprise that a federal district court last week levied nearly $11 million in fines and damages against the company for an alleged appraisal tampering scheme by Quicken during the housing boom and bust years in West Virginia.