kenneth harney

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...

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Banks upping issue of equity lines, second mortgages as homeowners’ stake grows

Using your home as an ATM is no longer a financial option, but the tools that allowed owners to...

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CFPB database catalogues grievances against biggest U.S. mortgage lenders

Got a beef with your mortgage company or loan servicer? Lots of people do, and thousands of them have...

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Revising the bill for the mortgage-interest deduction

In the contentious debate over whether to reduce or eliminate the home mortgage-interest tax deduction — or leave it...

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Scammers in the neighborhood

No one wants to take the blame for the housing bust in this political season, but scammers and rip-off artists in the hundreds are working overtime to siphon dollars out of the wreckage of...

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Listings down, but ‘shadow inventory’ looms

Though many home shoppers who assume they are still in a buyer’s market find it hard to believe, one...

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FHA rescinds strict credit restrictions

In a policy switch that could be important to thousands of applicants seeking low-down-payment home mortgages, the Federal Housing Administration has rescinded tough new credit restrictions that had been scheduled to take effect July...

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Pinball wizard

They’re known as “setups” or “pinball” homes, and this spring’s improving conditions in some markets could be stimulating more of them. A setup or pinball property is a home listed with an unrealistically high...

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Brace yourself for tripwire in the HARP process

The most ambitious federal mortgage program to date aimed at millions of underwater homeowners is poised to take off...

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Remodeling supplants new home purchases

Do you fit any of these descriptions: — You came through the housing bust and recession far more debt-averse than you were before. — You’ve been reluctant to consider selling your house because you...

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