Articles by Kenneth Harney

Doomsday predictions over tax cuts have not come true — yet

Doomsday predictions over tax cuts have not come true — yet

What if Congress passed a massive tax bill with scary cutbacks in deductions for homeowners — prompting dire predictions...

Doomsday predictions over tax cuts have not come true — yet
Fannie, Freddie want to make mortgages easier for gig-economy workers

Fannie, Freddie want to make mortgages easier for gig-economy workers

The two biggest sources of home-mortgage money in the country — investors Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — are...

Fannie, Freddie want to make mortgages easier for gig-economy workers
Racial disparities significant in mortgage rejections

Racial disparities significant in mortgage rejections

For millions of Americans hoping to buy or refinance a home, it’s a crucial make-or-break question: Will the lender...

Racial disparities significant in mortgage rejections
What to make of the dismissed class-action lawsuit over Zestimates

What to make of the dismissed class-action lawsuit over Zestimates

A Federal district court has dismissed a closely followed class-action lawsuit that charged Zillow — creator of the controversial...

What to make of the dismissed class-action lawsuit over Zestimates
The growing gender gap that gets little notice: home buying

The growing gender gap that gets little notice: home buying

It’s the gender gap you don’t hear so much about: Single women are buying homes and condos at what...

The growing gender gap that gets little notice: home buying
Appraisal-free loans save millions for buyers

Appraisal-free loans save millions for buyers

For homeowners and buyers, it’s been an unexpected windfall: relief from having to pay for a traditional mortgage appraisal...

Appraisal-free loans save millions for buyers
Tired of the hassle of selling your home? Try this all-cash alternative

Tired of the hassle of selling your home? Try this all-cash alternative

It’s the oldest fix-and-flip pitch in American real estate: “We’ll buy your home, guaranteed, no matter what its condition,...

Tired of the hassle of selling your home? Try this all-cash alternative
Are lower tax rates linked to higher home appreciation?

Are lower tax rates linked to higher home appreciation?

Nobody likes getting tax bills, especially homeowners who are burdened with ever-escalating local property taxes. Last year, property taxes...

Are lower tax rates linked to higher home appreciation?
‘Tax transcript’ program doesn’t shield borrowers’ data

‘Tax transcript’ program doesn’t shield borrowers’ data

In an era of unceasing horror stories about breaches of sensitive consumer information, here’s some disquieting news for homebuyers:...

‘Tax transcript’ program doesn’t shield borrowers’ data
Why wannabe sellers are looking but not listing their homes

Why wannabe sellers are looking but not listing their homes

Call them the frustrated wannabe sellers — eager to list their homes for sale this spring, but feeling locked...

Why wannabe sellers are looking but not listing their homes
Cutbacks in high debt ratio loans could hurt buyers

Cutbacks in high debt ratio loans could hurt buyers

A key policy change by mortgage giant Fannie Mae that offered homeownership to thousands of new buyers — many...

Cutbacks in high debt ratio loans could hurt buyers
Taxpayers get good news on HELOCs

Taxpayers get good news on HELOCs

It’s official: Despite widespread fears to the contrary, the IRS has clarified that last year’s big tax bill did not kill all interest deductions on home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) and equity loans....

Taxpayers get good news on HELOCs
Congress asked to crack down on mortgage “trigger leads”

Congress asked to crack down on mortgage “trigger leads”

You’ve probably never heard of a “mortgage trigger lead.” But as a consumer, you might be shocked to learn...

Congress asked to crack down on mortgage “trigger leads”
New budget holds hidden tax benefits

New budget holds hidden tax benefits

Call it buried tax treasure for homeowners: Deep inside the behemoth 654-page bipartisan budget bill recently signed into law by President Trump are little-noticed extensions of key tax-code benefits that expired in 2016, but...

New budget holds hidden tax benefits
Lenders who prey on veterans hurt other home buyers as well

Lenders who prey on veterans hurt other home buyers as well

Could predatory lending practices affecting veterans also be inflating interest rates paid by thousands of unsuspecting home buyers using...

Lenders who prey on veterans hurt other home buyers as well
US real estate players are unfazed by changes to the tax law

US real estate players are unfazed by changes to the tax law

You might recall the scary predictions from the realty industry and some independent economists that began last fall: Cutting...

US real estate players are unfazed by changes to the tax law
Prospective home buyers have more options thanks to relaxed standards

Prospective home buyers have more options thanks to relaxed standards

Here’s an important question for anyone hoping to buy a home next year but who isn’t quite confident about...

Prospective home buyers have more options thanks to relaxed standards
Shop around for title insurance

Shop around for title insurance

A recent legal settlement between the federal government and a title insurance agency is drawing fresh attention to one of the murkiest, least understood and costly items you get charged for in a real...

Shop around for title insurance
Government cracks down on refi scheme targeting veterans

Government cracks down on refi scheme targeting veterans

From TRD New York: Federal officials plan to crack down on what they view as predatory lending schemes —...

Government cracks down on refi scheme targeting veterans
Protecting homebuyers from lasting damage from Equifax theft

Protecting homebuyers from lasting damage from Equifax theft

The catastrophic theft of 143 million consumers’ personal data from national credit bureau Equifax could cause financial grief for...

Protecting homebuyers from lasting damage from Equifax theft
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