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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.
There's no one-size-fits-all answer, but there are smart ways to think through whether downsizing to a smaller home in retirement is a smart financial move for you.
If you're behind on payments -- even underwater -- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, may want to give you a no-document mortgage modification.
You can't keep mortgage rates from bouncing around. But the right strategies can stack the odds in favor of snagging a lower rate.
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.
Interest rates are up well ahead of any action by the Fed. Many experts think the lowest rates in the foreseeable future are the ones we're griping about now.
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