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Brokers, appraisers struggle to value green homes

When it comes to energy efficiency and “green” features in homes, there’s a chasm-sized disconnect in the marketplace among...

Brokers, appraisers struggle to value green homes
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A foreclosure reversed, with help from CFPB

Jeanette Ogle, a 92-year-old widow with a reverse mortgage on her house, got a huge birthday surprise last week: She did not lose her home at a scheduled foreclosure auction that had drawn scrutiny...

A foreclosure reversed, with help from CFPB
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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...

Revising the bill for the mortgage-interest deduction
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IRS streamlines work-from-home deductions

If you’re one of the millions of homeowners and renters who work or run a business from the place you live, here’s some good news on taxes: The Internal Revenue Service wants to make...

IRS streamlines work-from-home deductions
Listings down, but ‘shadow inventory’ looms

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...

Listings down, but ‘shadow inventory’ looms
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How credit inquiries affect FICO scores

In a marketplace where lenders are demanding record-high FICO credit scores — Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are averaging around 760 on approved mortgages this year — are you a little fuzzy about what...

How credit inquiries affect FICO scores
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Remodeling replaces new single-family purchases

Do you fit any of these descriptions: — You came through the housing bust and recession far more debt-averse...

Remodeling replaces new single-family purchases

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