So you think things don’t get rough in real estate and feathers don’t fly when agents’ commission money is at stake?
What if Congress passed a massive tax bill with scary cutbacks in deductions for homeowners – prompting dire predictions of mass property-value declines – but nothing much happened?
Could lenders’ pain be your gain if you’re shopping for a home mortgage? Maybe.
The two biggest sources of home-mortgage money in the country – investors Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – are quietly working on ways to make qualifying for a home purchase easier for participants in the booming “gig” economy.
For millions of Americans hoping to buy or refinance a home, it’s a crucial make-or-break question: Will the lender say yes to our mortgage application, turn it down or charge us a higher interest rate than we need?
A Federal district court has dismissed a closely followed class-action lawsuit that charged Zillow – creator of the controversial Zestimate online home-valuation tool – with deceptive business practices designed to mislead consumers.
It’s the gender gap you don’t hear so much about: Single women are buying homes and condominiums at what may be more than twice the rate of single males, and the trend appears to be accelerating.
For homeowners and buyers, it’s been an unexpected windfall: relief from having to pay for a traditional mortgage appraisal that usually costs between $400 and $600.
It’s the oldest fix-and-flip pitch in American real estate: “We’ll buy your home, guaranteed, no matter what its condition, and we’ll pay you quick cash with no commissions, and close in seven days or less.”
Nobody likes getting tax bills, especially homeowners who are burdened with ever-escalating local property taxes.
Americans are awash in record amounts of equity in their homes, posing the question for millions: So what do we do with it?
In an era of unceasing horror stories about breaches of sensitive consumer information, here’s some disquieting news for homebuyers: Federal auditors say the popular “tax transcript” program run by the IRS and used by millions of mortgage applicants a year lacks adequate security protections against disclosures of tax-return details to people who shouldn’t be allowed to obtain them.
Call them the frustrated wannabe sellers – eager to list their homes for sale this spring, but feeling locked out of their markets by severe inventory shortages and rising prices that are occurring in many parts of the country.
It’s one of the weirder documented facts about homebuying in America: Surprising numbers of consumers don’t bother to shop for mortgage money, even though they could save tens of thousands of dollars through lower interest payments by doing so.
A key policy change by mortgage giant Fannie Mae that offered homeownership to thousands of new buyers – many of them minorities – could face significant cutbacks. The reason: Private mortgage insurers are re-thinking their decisions to participate.
It’s official: Despite widespread fears to the contrary, the IRS has clarified that last year’s big tax bill did not kill all interest deductions on home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) and equity loans.
You’ve probably never heard of a “mortgage trigger lead.” But as a consumer, you might be shocked to learn that in an era of massive data breaches and hacks – witness the Equifax debacle – they even exist.
Call it buried tax treasure for homeowners: Deep inside the behemoth 654-page bipartisan budget bill recently signed into law by President Donald Trump are little-noticed extensions of key tax-code benefits that expired in 2016, but now can be used for upcoming 2017 tax filings.
Could predatory lending practices affecting veterans also be inflating interest rates paid by thousands of unsuspecting homebuyers using FHA loans?
Were fears overblown that changes to the federal tax law would trigger plunging home values?