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Homeownership

12 Home Deductions to Help Shrink Your Tax Bill

Michael Corbett | Posted 04.10.2014 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

In the rush, you may be overlooking significant tax savings that homeownership can bring if you're planning to itemize your deductions this year.

Why Is Fannie Mae Evicting the Coronel Family?

Peter Dreier | Posted 04.08.2014 | Business
Peter Dreier

The Coronel family is part of a growing national movement to challenge Wall Street and the financial industry, whose predatory practices resulted in millions of Americans losing their homes and millions more still "underwater" with homes worth less than their mortgages.

Why We Are Losing the Tax Reform Debate

Martin Lobel | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Martin Lobel

Reform does not mean raising taxes on the rich. It means cutting tax subsidies to the rich to slow the dramatic shift of wealth from the middle class to the very rich.

The President and the Pope: What's Missing From Their Inequality Talk

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

We knew before the meeting that economic inequality would be a topic of discussion, and afterwards we were told it was part of the conversation. Yet, I'm pretty certain that the elephant in the room was not discussed.

'I Bought My First Home With Just $4,000 Down'

The Huffington Post | Mohini Kundu | Posted 03.24.2014 | HuffPost Home

Becoming a homeowner before 30 is no small feat. And making a successful purchase with just $4,000 as down payment is harder still. Nashville graph...

10 Things to Consider Before Making an Offer On a Home

realtor.com | Posted 03.19.2014 | HuffPost Home
realtor.com

Your realtor can be a valuable resource in gathering information for you and getting the answers to your questions from the seller's agent. In the meantime, you can be proactive and do some of your own research.

Renting Money

Matthias Paul Kuhlmey | Posted 03.14.2014 | Money
Matthias Paul Kuhlmey

We need to be reminded that affordability is not simply a function of cash flow, but a price and expected value consideration, after all.

OMG We Bought A House! Episode 2: Plan and Paint

Mr. Kate | Posted 02.20.2014 | HuffPost Home
Mr. Kate

And now it's time to tackle the first task: paint!

Ways to Impress a Mortgage Lender

MyBankTracker | Posted 04.07.2014 | Money
MyBankTracker

With the CFPB's new Ability-to-Repay rule and lenders still leery after the real estate crash, how can you best show a mortgage lender that you can handle a home loan?

OMG We Bought A House!

Mr. Kate | Posted 03.31.2014 | HuffPost Home
Mr. Kate

My boyfriend (and now legally married boyfriend) Joey and I just bought our first house in the Los Angeles area. I'm very excited to share with you the first episode of OMG We Bought A House! -- a series Joey and I are doing about buying, renovating, moving in and decorating our first home.

Do Most Real Estate Agents Own Their Own Homes? Yes!

Jed Kolko | Posted 03.16.2014 | HuffPost Home
Jed Kolko

If you want your real estate agent to be able to speak from personal experience, you're in luck. We discovered that the vast majority of agents - almo...

Trulia: 2014 Will Be The Year Of Repeat Home Buyer

Jed Kolko | Posted 02.11.2014 | Business
Jed Kolko

The housing market continued its uneven recovery in 2013 and will enter 2014 closer to normal than it was a year earlier. Consumer optimism is climbin...

No Luck For Young Adults

AP | HOPE YEN | Posted 11.14.2013 | College

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. mobility for young adults has fallen to the lowest level in more than 50 years as cash-strapped 20-somethings shun home-buyin...

And They're Back! Buyer Demand Rebounds After Government Reopens

Ellen Haberle | Posted 01.23.2014 | HuffPost Home
Ellen Haberle

In the aftermath of the shutdown and debt ceiling debacle, a storm of news media and economists predicted that anxious Americans would spend less through the new year. In the housing market, however, these predictions aren't panning out.

Like Your Neighbors? Most Americans Do Actually

Jed Kolko | Posted 12.24.2013 | HuffPost Home
Jed Kolko

Do Americans love their neighbors as themselves? Although "love" might be pushing it, most Americans are pretty happy with their neighbors. To underst...

Where America's Middle Class Can Afford To Buy A Home: Akron

Jed Kolko | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Jed Kolko

For the middle class today, homeownership is well within reach in some parts of the country, but in others, it's more of a pipe dream than the American Dream. Even after taking income differences into account, homeownership affordability varies hugely across the country.

Will the Housing Market Be a Casualty of the Government Shutdown?

National Council of La Raza | Posted 12.10.2013 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

Homeownership remains the cornerstone for stabilizing and rebuilding the middle class. But some in Congress seem determined to make it nearly impossible for struggling communities to recover.

Why the 'California Homes and Jobs Act of 2013' Is Needed

National Council of La Raza | Posted 10.26.2013 | Politics
National Council of La Raza

There may be protections in place for California homeowners, but for millions, the housing crisis is still happening. This is especially true for Latino households, which account for a substantial percentage of the foreclosures in the state.

Remember Dr. King's Dream of Economic Justice

Preeti Vissa | Posted 10.21.2013 | Politics
Preeti Vissa

As much as I appreciate the increased attention that's directed to Dr. King's vision and work, I fear too many of these events and statements will remember only half of his dream, forgetting a crucial element: economic justice.

Time to Stop Undermining Homeownership

Ralph Nader | Posted 10.16.2013 | Business
Ralph Nader

The post-financial crisis reality is that the dream of owning a home has ended for too many Americans. Looking ahead, it is unfortunate that much of the same flawed thinking that led to the subprime mortgage crisis is now re-occurring.

11 Home Remodeling 'Precautions' You're Taking That You Think Are Smart (But Are Actually Mistakes)

Fraser Patterson | Posted 10.15.2013 | HuffPost Home
Fraser Patterson

You've heard the horror stories about contractors running off with five-figure sums and new kitchens being ripped out because they didn't pass inspection. None of that will happen to you! You'll take precautions! Or so you think.

As Americans Struggle to Climb Economic Ladder, Corker-Warner GSE Reform Effort Falls Badly Short

John Taylor | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
John Taylor

This is a perilous time for opportunity in America. The housing crisis, which stemmed from a terrible confluence of malfeasant lending, Wall Street ma...

6 "Aggressive" Home Buying Tactics That People Are Willing to Use Today

Jed Kolko | Posted 09.29.2013 | Business
Jed Kolko

Rising prices and mortgage rates have forced Americans to downsize their real estate dreams, while determined buyers have multiple worries and are prepared to take desperate measures to buy a home in today's competitive market. So why do they bother?

Is This The New Relationship Deal-Breaker?

Ann Brenoff | Posted 09.18.2013 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

I know young couples who ended things because one of them wanted kids and the other didn't. Homeownership is the same kind of deal breaker. It speaks to lifestyle choices, values and what things you're willing to sacrifice for.

Forgive All Student Loan Debt

Preeti Vissa | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Preeti Vissa

That a pile of debt is a burden on new grads is pretty obvious. Less obvious is that the student debt burden, now in excess of $1 trillion by some estimates, is beginning to be a drag on the economy.