if you're considering buying a home, review the proposed forms to get an idea of which costs you should be watching out for. Here are some factors future homebuyers should keep in mind.
If purchasing a house is important to you, you have a couple of choices -- either put up more money for the down payment or take the time to improve your standing. Here's how you can do that.
It just isn't in the moral DNA of hardcore Republicans to wholeheartedly pass legislation that appears as a handout. Kinder gentler Republicans', such as an Eisenhower, Ford or Bush I would be receptive to such outreach, but present dynamics mute this type of constructive political discourse.
Buying may beat renting in every major metro by a wide margin, saving consumers thousands of dollars a year, but buying still remains out of reach for many would-be homeowners.
In honor of our newest offering, I wanted to answer the three questions about mortgage rates that I get asked most often.
Lots of factors go into the decision of whether to move and where, and for parents, this decision is largely driven by what matters most to their families: affordability, more space and of course good schools.
Although home sales rose from 4.37 million in June to 4.47 million in July, they're still at the second-lowest level of the year with tighter inventory and lower vacancy rates holding back sales. Right now, home sales are 40 percent back to normal to from their worst point during the bust.
There's a potent energy when we gather the things we love in one place -- even if they're just pictures of the real thing.
They face ongoing frustration in dealing with servicers while they implement their programs, time delays, lost paperwork, and stress. Add to that a lack of accountability on behalf of the banks and faulty practices like robo-signing, and homeowners are vulnerable to mistakes and wrongful practices.
We have buyers and sellers who cannot come together on a sales price due to a third party interfering with the market value. The results are a shifting population and a creation of a heretofore unknown predicament for the middle class.
Although 64 percent of young American adults say they believe in God (and only 25 percent lack a religious affiliation), their attitudes to religion show unmistakable signs of secularism.
Because asking prices lead sales prices by approximately two or more months, the Monitors reveal trends before other price indexes do. With that, here's the scoop on where prices and rents are headed.
If you watched any of the PBS encore broadcast of the Ken Burns documentary, The War, this past week, you have some sense of what kind of a production machine can be energized by government contracts in the face of a depressed economy. There is so much that we could spend that money on -- energy self sufficiency, infrastructure, a smart electrical grid, public transportation, better education at all levels -- all of which would not only create economic activity and jobs, but would make for a more productive economy. But nothing like this is part of the mainstream conversation. If you propose this sort of thing, you are packed off to the Museum of Un-reconstructed Keynesians. White House economists quietly admit that you are right, but you are politically radioactive (even with a Nobel Prize.)
Renting a home? That we've heard of. Renting a casket? Not as much.
Like everything else, where you hang out depends on where you live. Using Census data, we found the metros with the highest density of restaurants and bars.
If you were in this position -- your only debt was your mortgage, you had ample emergency savings, and you had an extra chunk of cash -- what would you do?