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Home Ownership

A Plan B For Millennials Who Aren't or Won't Be Homeowners

Bob Lotich | Posted 06.08.2016 | Business
Bob Lotich

The topic of Millennials opting out of homeownership has become a major phenomenon in recent years. There is plenty of research, as well as various theories, as to why this is happening. Wage stagnation, job instability, high debt levels, lack of ability to save for a down payment, and the need for employment mobility are commonly cited causes.

Reparations Would Help Close Wealth Gap in America

Eric Cooper | Posted 06.04.2016 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

The questions around reparations to descendants of slaves in America often trigger strident conversations. These discussions lay bare how race continu...

The Meaning of Middle Class

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 05.13.2016 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

On the campaign trail, Hillary Clinton has said, "We need to make the middle class mean something again." What does being middle class mean to Americans, and has the meaning changed?

Nobody Told Me Owning A Home Would Suck

The Huffington Post | Julie R. Thomson | Posted 12.04.2015 | HuffPost Home

There's a major sense of accomplishment that goes hand-in-hand with buying your first home. Not only does it mean you worked hard and were able to squ...

The 15 Emotional Stages Of Buying Your First Home

Posted 09.12.2015 | HuffPost Home

You’ll make some pretty big purchases throughout your life; like a college education, your first car or that fancy wedding reception you always want...

The Moment I Knew I Needed To Move To The Suburbs

Erin Gates | Posted 05.12.2016 | HuffPost Home
Erin Gates

After one too many late-night noise issues, a million block laps to find parking and repeat calls to landlords regarding floods, broken air conditioners and bug infestations, our little family finally decided that perhaps the suburbs would be a better fit for us than the city.

Revisiting the Rent vs. Buy Debate

Toni Haber | Posted 05.04.2016 | New York
Toni Haber

A universal decision crucial to residents across the country is the choice to rent or to buy a home. In New York City where both rental and purchase prices are not cheap, the decision can be haunted by uncertainty.

Time to Buy a House Now!

Terry Savage | Posted 05.01.2016 | Money
Terry Savage

Of course, the decision to buy is a complex one, often depending on your own job situation and your current credit rating, as well as having enough savings for a down payment. But you can work your way through those issues -- if you believe in the benefits. Here's why you should consider buying now.

Don't Let Your Student Loans Affect Your Ability to Buy a Home

Stephen Dash | Posted 06.21.2015 | Money
Stephen Dash

Which comes first, the down payment or paying back loans? Saving for a down payment can seem daunting while still repaying your student loans, but it can be done.

As U.S. Home Ownership Hits a 20-Year Low, Can the Recovery Be for Real?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 04.28.2015 | Business
Daniel Wagner

Just released data from the U.S. Census Bureau paint a different picture, questioning a fundamental measure of economic health - home ownership levels -- which begs the question, is it all a mirage?

The 5 Best Reasons to Get a Reverse Mortgage Right Now

Buck Wargo | Posted 06.11.2015 | Fifty
Buck Wargo

Leverage is why we bought the house, especially if some of us didn't plan for retirement, as we should have done. If you're not leveraging it, that equity has no value.

Top 4 Real Estate Regrets

Michael Corbett | Posted 03.02.2015 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

Call it buyer's remorse or second-guessing the decision, the top real estate regrets are all ones that can be avoided if they're taken into consideration now -- before you get the keys to your new place.

5 Steps to Take Before Deciding to Buy a Home

Credit Karma | Posted 02.16.2015 | Money
Credit Karma

Buying a home can be a very rewarding experience, but it can also be baked in to what we feel we are "supposed" to do. Are you living someone else's dream or do you really want to own a home?

Snowblowing for Virgins

Michelle Faulkner | Posted 02.15.2015 | HuffPost Home
Michelle Faulkner

If the front walkway is anywhere near the driveway, do it last. Again, this is because the snow doesn't usually land where you want it to, and you will likely end up having to re-do the walkway if you do it first.

Hot New Real Estate Trend

Mary Buffett | Posted 12.21.2014 | Business
Mary Buffett

In good times and bad, home ownership remained a safe bet even when the contours of life changed. Then everything went to hell.

Student Loans Will Kill Your Dreams of Home Ownership

Steve Rhode | Posted 12.02.2014 | Money
Steve Rhode

The finances of getting a college degree should not be entered into without contemplative consideration or just based on assumed faith.

Make No Small Plans

Bret Hoekema | Posted 11.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Bret Hoekema

The day I received the results of my first PET scan still haunts me. I've felt so foolish for feeling so confident.

7 Biggest Home Buying Mistakes | Posted 11.11.2014 | HuffPost Home

Whether you're a first-time buyer or you've been around the block a few times, there are certain home buying mistakes that trip people up time and time again.

To Convert or Not to Convert? A Look at the Process of Townhouse to Condo Conversions

Toni Haber | Posted 11.11.2014 | New York
Toni Haber

While the conversion to a multiple unit condominium can generate more profit than an individual apartment sale, which is an obvious added incentive for investors or current owners of townhouses, the process can be rigorous and expensive.

Latinos and the 2014 Elections: Five Reasons to Vote in November

National Council of La Raza | Posted 08.11.2014 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

This November, Americans will choose governors in 36 states, elect the entire U.S. House of Representatives and one-third of the U.S. Senate, select a great majority of their state legislators, and decide who will represent them in hundreds of local elections.

Rent Vs. Own: Manhattan's Continuously High Rent Encourages the Move to Ownership

Toni Haber | Posted 07.01.2014 | New York
Toni Haber

It is no secret that New York City apartment rental rates have skyrocketed. These days, those NYC residents unwilling to fathom the high rent any long...

Inequality and Pay: 'Rents' vs. Merit

Jared Bernstein | Posted 06.29.2014 | Business
Jared Bernstein

Not only have they been overpaid relative to the damage their sector has caused, but many of them and their institutions have been made whole at the taxpayers' expense once the depressed risk pricing was revealed and the bubble burst.

Stop! Before You Buy A House, Ask Yourself These 5 Questions | Posted 05.19.2014 | HuffPost Home

Purchasing a home can be a savvy financial move, as long as you manage it well. Make sure to ask yourself these questions before signing on the dotted line, and your dream home can bring you joy for many years to come.

How Rising Mortgage Rates May Impact You | Posted 04.08.2014 | Money

While mortgage rates fluctuate daily and the interest rate you'll pay on a home loan depends on multiple factors, most mortgage experts anticipate an increase in average mortgage rates by the end of 2014.

The Emergence of Real Estate Crowdfunding

Jorge Newbery | Posted 03.25.2014 | Business
Jorge Newbery

Although there does not appear to be an imminent risk of the nascent REC platforms supplanting longer-established sources, the convenience and predictability of REC platforms is likely to propel their proliferation.