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More Banks Shun Mortgage Preapprovals

Disappearing preapprovals will make it tougher for home buyers to stand out to prospective sellers

Some lenders are opting to do away with mortgage preapprovals

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Home Improvements that Pay Off Start in the Bathroom [Infographic]

Five renovations that add value to your house.

The right updates could greatly increase the resale value of your home.

By Sheiresa Ngo

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How to Renovate Your Home to Make the Sale

The right upgrades can make your home more attractive to buyers

In September 1998, Dr. Kim L. Thornton purchased a home in Newton, Massachusetts, for $490,000.…

By Leslie E. Royal

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Amends Mortgage Rule

Changes might be on the horizon.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued amendments and clarifications to its mortgage rules

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Why Trying to Buy a Home Will Get Harder

The American Dream just got more complicated.

According to a recent Wall Street Journal report, the loan limits for some mortgages are…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Money Matters: Finding Financing for a Fixer-Upper

How to get the money for a home makeover

My husband and I are looking to buy a home, but all we can find…

By John Simons

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Monta and Eric Baskerville (Photo by Tyrone Turner)

4 Inexpensive Ways to Boost Your Home’s Value

Eric and Monta Baskerville knew the house they bought in 2009 was a good find,…

By Tory Parrish

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6 Great House-Hunting Websites

These sites will help you find your dream house.

Thanks to the Internet, house hunting can be made easy.

By Alanna Hunter

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Tips for Avoiding Timeshare Resale Scams

Anxious to sell? Don’t get taken for a ride.

Fraudsters have been using the dip in the economy as an opportunity to prey on…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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As Home Prices Rise, Analysts Consider An Impact on the Economy

New report indicates owning a home is more difficult for the middle class

Despite assurances from some analysts that the economy will improve because a home is the…

By Darren Sands

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House Rich, Cash Poor

Njeri Barrett was off to a good head start, but when divorce and layoffs came knocking, her financial plans got derailed

“As a family we were making great income and we took the money and invested…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Taking Advantage of Homeownership

Rufus and Jenny Triplett make one smart move after another

Using their home as a place of business has provided the Tripletts several tax advantages.…

By Aisha I. Jefferson

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U.S. Housing Market Finally Returning to Normal

New prediction expects home prices to increase over the next five years.

Report reveals 2012 was the first year since 1997 that the housing market appeared normal.

By Gerren Keith Gaynor

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New Report Claims Almost a Third of Americans are Mortgage Free

Retirees comprise largest group of mortgage-free homeowners

This demographic of America is free from a mortgage obligation.

By Ashley R. Harris

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New Hope for Mortgage Relief

Struggling homeowners are benefiting from efforts by the government and nonprofits to provide permanent loan modifications, refinancing, and other solutions

Because of the complexity of the mortgage market and the agreement, which will be executed…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Record-Low Mortgage Rates Don’t Mean You’ll Get Approved

Some struggles persist for would-be first-time homebuyers

Do low mortgage rates across the board make one more or less worthy?

By Jennifer Streaks

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Homeowner and landlord Magda Brown

It Pays to Own

Landlord and homeowner Magda Brown uses her multifamily home to help defray the cost of homeownership

“My landlord owned a few buildings and I loved his lifestyle,” says Brown, now 30.…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Housing Market Gets A Boost with Increased Home Sales

Report by the National Association of Realtors show an increase in home sales.

July showed a 2.3% increase in the number of homes sold.

By Sasha King

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When Opportunity Comes Knocking

Over the last decade, the Bradleys, with their two sons, Che, 12, and Antonio, 8,…

By Tara-Nicholle Nelson

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Interested in owning your own home? Alleviate some of the stress with these house hunting…

By Sasha King

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