Local Buying Tips

  • Friday Five: Housing Market Update

    Is home ownership poised for dramatic change? As Washington addresses the fallout from the housing bust and tries to put the country’s fiscal house in order, our legislators are debating proposals that will affect home values, who can own a home, the cost of home ownership, and how long it’ll take to become a home owner. How can you keep up on these shifting issues? Each week, check out our Friday Five — a roundup of housing news and views from K Street to Main Street. Read

  • Is This a Joke? FHA Loan Limits Set to Fall, Down Payments to Rise

    Batten down the hatches, because the U.S. housing market is headed straight into another storm. That’s because limits for Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans are set to shrink significantly on Oct. 1, 2011, and the only people who can steer this ship to safety are off enjoying a long summer holiday. Read

  • Negotiate Your Best House Buy

    Keep your emotions in check and your eyes on the goal, and you’ll pay less when purchasing a home. Read

  • What Affects Credit Scores? 7 Misconceptions

    If you’re trying to raise your credit score to get a good rate for a refinance or HELOC, you might be surprised by what affects—or doesn’t affect—your score. Read


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