13 Tax Breaks for Homeowners and Home Buyers
Tax Breaks

13 Tax Breaks for Homeowners and Home Buyers

Owning (or buying) a home is expensive. But at least there are some tax deductions, credits, and exclusions that can help you recoup some of those cos…
August 12, 2021
How to Give a First-Time Home Buyer a Hand
Becoming a Homeowner

How to Give a First-Time Home Buyer a Hand

With home prices soaring, newbies may need financial help from their family. Here’s how to do it right.
July 30, 2021
Win in a Red-Hot Housing Market
Becoming a Homeowner

Win in a Red-Hot Housing Market

Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, these strategies will help you get the best deal.
July 30, 2021
Should You Rent or Buy Your Next Home in Retirement?
mortgages

Should You Rent or Buy Your Next Home in Retirement?

If you’re thinking about renting your next home instead of buying, consider the pros and cons of the decision.
May 27, 2021
‘Zombie’ Mortgages Come Back to Haunt Property Owners after Great Recession
mortgages

‘Zombie’ Mortgages Come Back to Haunt Property Owners after Great Recession

A letter from a law firm arrives out of the blue, warning that you could lose your house over a mortgage you thought was long dead. It’s happening all…
April 30, 2021

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This Hot Housing Market with Daniel Bortz
Becoming a Homeowner

This Hot Housing Market with Daniel Bortz

Home sales and prices have been on a tear and are forecast to continue to rise in 2021. Whether you're hoping to sell, buy or refi, contributing write…
March 31, 2021
Tap Home Equity for Extra Income
Financial Planning

Tap Home Equity for Extra Income

Home is where the heart is, but it’s also a source of regular income for many retirees.
March 25, 2021
Update: Biden Administration Extends Eviction and Foreclosure Moratorium, Again
Coronavirus and Your Money

Update: Biden Administration Extends Eviction and Foreclosure Moratorium, Again

Getting to work right after the inauguration ceremony was over, President Joe Biden included assistance for renters and homeowners among a slew of exe…
February 16, 2021
Things to Consider Before You Refinance Your Mortgage
mortgages

Things to Consider Before You Refinance Your Mortgage

With mortgage rates hovering near all-time lows, refinancing is on many homeowners’ minds right now. Are you a good candidate?
February 16, 2021
12 Ways the Biden Stimulus Package Could Put (or Keep) Money in Your Pocket
Coronavirus and Your Money

12 Ways the Biden Stimulus Package Could Put (or Keep) Money in Your Pocket

President Biden's "American Rescue Plan" includes several proposals to assist people financially harmed by the pandemic.
January 20, 2021
12 Ways the Biden Stimulus Package Could Put (or Keep) Money in Your Pocket
Coronavirus and Your Money

12 Ways the Biden Stimulus Package Could Put (or Keep) Money in Your Pocket

President-elect Biden's "American Rescue Plan" includes several proposals to assist people financially harmed by the pandemic.
January 15, 2021
Analyst: Housing Market Will Stay Strong in 2021
Markets

Analyst: Housing Market Will Stay Strong in 2021

But the pace of home sales could slow by the end of the year.
November 27, 2020
Kiplinger’s Best Firms for Customer Service: Banks, Credit Cards and More
banking

Kiplinger’s Best Firms for Customer Service: Banks, Credit Cards and More

We crunched a lot of numbers (and ran a survey) to crown top firms for their service on banking, credit cards, mortgages, and home and auto insurance.…
October 22, 2020
Retired? Good Luck Getting a Mortgage, Even If You’re Wealthy
mortgages

Retired? Good Luck Getting a Mortgage, Even If You’re Wealthy

One 70-year-old’s story highlights the challenges. Prepare for more paperwork and hoops to jump through than you could imagine.
August 2, 2020
Use Your Nest Egg to Qualify for a Mortgage
retirement

Use Your Nest Egg to Qualify for a Mortgage

Little-known rules can help people on a fixed income refinance an existing mortgage or buy a new home.
October 11, 2013