Young adults no longer expect to buy their first house right away. First they need good credit, a hefty downpayment and a stable job.
Welcome to the one insurance policy you can't shop for, don't benefit from, but will have to pay if you don't have a big enough down payment.
After getting burned in the housing market or watching things go wrong for others, many families are deciding that renting offers the life they want at a price they can afford.
You may think you have nothing to lose by employing this traditional marketing tactic. But critics say that's not true -- and your agent has more to gain than you do.
You can't keep mortgage rates from bouncing around. But the right strategies can stack the odds in favor of snagging a lower rate.
Yes, interest rates are rising, and you've almost certainly missed buying at the bottom. But that doesn't mean you should give up on becoming a homeowner.
This city has risen from the ruins of foreclosure. Now, prices are up and there's a housing shortage. And the heroes aren't hedge fund investors or government regulators.
Call them white-knuckle buyers -- shoppers worried that their chance to own an affordable home is rapidly fading. Real estate agents weigh in with their thoughts.
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