Articles by Kenneth R. Harney

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New lawsuits raise question of who should pay homebuyer’s agent

The long knives are out again for one of American real estate’s oldest and most controversial traditions: requiring home...

New lawsuits raise question of who should pay homebuyer’s agent
Zillow's CEO Richard Barton

Zillow faces legal action over its co-marketing program

Zillow is back in hot water: A class-action suit against the online realty giant is moving forward after insider...

Zillow faces legal action over its co-marketing program
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Lenders opening doors to a wider swath of home buyers

Do you want to buy a house but worry that your credit profile will disqualify you for a mortgage?...

Lenders opening doors to a wider swath of home buyers
Is the tax overhaul law impacting real estate?

Is the tax overhaul law impacting real estate?

A new report from the New York Federal Reserve sheds light on a question that’s been hanging over the...

Is the tax overhaul law impacting real estate?
More Americans are choosing not to tap into their home equity

More Americans are choosing not to tap into their home equity

American homeowners are doing something surprising: Despite record amounts of home equity available to them — an estimated $1.5...

More Americans are choosing not to tap into their home equity
Strong spring real estate season shaping up — but who’s got the advantage?

Strong spring real estate season shaping up — but who’s got the advantage?

Have we arrived at one of those rare Goldilocks moments in real estate, where the market works well for...

Strong spring real estate season shaping up — but who’s got the advantage?
New financial tools offer a boost to credit ratings

New financial tools offer a boost to credit ratings

Here’s some good news for anyone whose credit scores aren’t quite as high as they’d like them to be:...

New financial tools offer a boost to credit ratings
Homebuyers with heavy debt might find it tougher to get a mortgage

Homebuyers with heavy debt might find it tougher to get a mortgage

First-time and move-up homebuyers with heavy debt loads, low credit scores and small down payments face a daunting new...

Homebuyers with heavy debt might find it tougher to get a mortgage
Class action suit could change real estate commissions

Class action suit could change real estate commissions

In what could be the most far-reaching antitrust lawsuit for the real estate market in decades, the National Association...

Class action suit could change real estate commissions
Buying a home just got easier for many in the gig economy

Buying a home just got easier for many in the gig economy

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who are self-employed or earn money on the side through freelance,...

Buying a home just got easier for many in the gig economy
Zillow sued over hacked listing of California mansion

Zillow sued over hacked listing of California mansion

What may be the first-ever hijacking of an active real-estate listing online — a palatial mansion overlooking the Pacific...

Zillow sued over hacked listing of California mansion
More Americans are paying mortgages on time

More Americans are paying mortgages on time

It’s a real estate and social barometer that doesn’t get a lot of publicity, but it’s important: More Americans are paying their mortgages on time today than they have in nearly two decades —...

More Americans are paying mortgages on time
Who provides the more accurate home valuation: Zillow or Redfin?

Who provides the more accurate home valuation: Zillow or Redfin?

When you type in a home’s street address to obtain an online valuation from the two biggest players in...

Who provides the more accurate home valuation: Zillow or Redfin?
Latest credit breach exposes mortgage data for thousands of borrowers

Latest credit breach exposes mortgage data for thousands of borrowers

A large breach of mortgage data that has exposed the personal financial information of tens of thousands of borrowers...

Latest credit breach exposes mortgage data for thousands of borrowers
Your FICO score is not your mortgage destiny

Your FICO score is not your mortgage destiny

The higher your credit score, the lower the interest rate quote you’ll get on your mortgage, right? As a...

Your FICO score is not your mortgage destiny
Housing market shows sign of hope

Housing market shows sign of hope

If you’ve been distracted by the federal shutdown, political dysfunction, stock-market volatility and reports of rising mortgage rates, it wouldn’t be surprising if you concluded: No way is this a good time to even...

Housing market shows sign of hope
Your DIY project didn’t turn out quite right? You’ve got company

Your DIY project didn’t turn out quite right? You’ve got company

Do-it-yourself projects by homeowners are a multi-billion-dollar growth area within the U.S. economy and the bread and butter of...

Your DIY project didn’t turn out quite right? You’ve got company
Federal shutdown creating mortgage victims

Federal shutdown creating mortgage victims

When the government shuts its doors because of a funding brouhaha that pits the White House against Capitol Hill, who gets hit hardest among people needing a home mortgage? The latest version of federal...

Federal shutdown creating mortgage victims
Is your agent looking out for you, or someone else?

Is your agent looking out for you, or someone else?

When you’re involved in a real estate transaction, do you assume that the realty agents are required to represent...

Is your agent looking out for you, or someone else?
How much can you afford to pay for a new home?

How much can you afford to pay for a new home?

New research sheds fresh light on one of the most frequently asked home-buying questions, especially for first-timers: With our...

How much can you afford to pay for a new home?
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