kenneth r. harney

Kenneth R. Harney

Kenneth R. Harney, syndicated real estate columnist for Washington Post, dies

Kenneth R. Harney, the author for four decades of the syndicated real estate column “The Nation’s Housing,” which explored...

Kenneth R. Harney, syndicated real estate columnist for Washington Post, dies
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Are kickbacks making a comeback?

A settlement between the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and a Texas homebuilder is drawing renewed attention to a controversial issue that was prominent during the years preceding the housing bubble: kickbacks in home...

Are kickbacks making a comeback?
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Counterproductive homebuying strategy: lowballing

It’s not something that economists routinely track, but it provides a rough sense of what’s happening in local real...

Counterproductive homebuying strategy: lowballing
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Homebuyers shouldn’t assume they won’t qualify for mortgages in 2012

Could gloomy popular assumptions about how tough it is to get approved for a mortgage be scaring away large...

Homebuyers shouldn’t assume they won’t qualify for mortgages in 2012
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A market in real estate fraud

Could today’s seductive conditions in the housing market — severely marked-down prices, record low interest rates and hundreds of thousands of foreclosures waiting to be resold — be breeding new generations of the very...

A market in real estate fraud
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Mortgage complaint window is now open

Got a beef with your mortgage lender? Is your bank unresponsive when you complain that your escrow account is fouled up and making your monthly payments needlessly high? Did your loan officer bait-and-switch you...

Mortgage complaint window is now open
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Keeping score on a bust’s devastation

How big a whack did your credit scores take during the grim years of economic distress following the housing bust? Was it 20 points, 50 points, 100 points — or maybe no drop at...

Keeping score on a bust’s devastation
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Loan limits on the rise for FHA, but not Fannie and Freddie

After a year characterized by grumpy partisan gridlock, Congress came up with a Thanksgiving compromise that could change the...

Loan limits on the rise for FHA, but not Fannie and Freddie
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Lowball appraisals a real problem nationwide

How do you fight back when an appraiser — often from another city working for a low fee on...

Lowball appraisals a real problem nationwide
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Legislation puts energy into underwriting

When you apply for a mortgage to buy a house, how often does the lender ask detailed questions about monthly energy costs or tell the appraiser to factor in the energy-efficiency features of the...

Legislation puts energy into underwriting
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