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Why might a waitress in Indiana be more miffed by a bad tip than a waitress in California?
Finding Your Niche: How to look into a potential neighborhood to make sure it's the right fit for you
Nothing replaces walking the streets of a prospective neighborhood, and chatting up anyone who appears willing to dish.
Stacking the new mortgage payment plus all other regular monthly debts, like a car loan payment, against the gross monthly income of a mortgage applicant produces the all-important debt-to-income ratio.
Part of the parent orientation program at the college her son would soon enter as a freshman didn’t surprise Mimi Collins.
Maybe it's working at home one day a week, allowing the opportunity to volunteer at your kid's school. Or maybe it's the chance to attend a meeting via Skype, rather than traveling overnight.
Don’t underestimate young waiters and waitresses. Chances are good they have the education to not only do their job well, but to manage the place.
Jobseekers no longer face a formidable mountain of competition, according to some relevant new statistics.
Home sweet home.
What’s ahead for housing?
With the growth in home equity, it can be tempting to borrow more. Learn more about what this means for your finances
This could be the tipping point.
First, came a small condo or town home.
Historically low mortgage rates are inching upwards. Talk to a lender and get the best rate locked in so you’re ready when you find your dream home
How do you bounce back after credit takes a hit from a mortgage default or short sale?
Sometimes, familiarity breeds content.
Rising interest rates or steeply escalating prices could dampen this housing market – and so could a wide generation gap.
Bankers, builders and other stakeholders want to see customers qualify for loans – some are taking a proactive approach
For millions of Americans, “housework” has acquired a new meaning. Instead of picking up a mop, they grab a laptop and headphones and settle in at a desk.
Inventory is low in many areas, so the perfect home is tough to find. But buyers who know exactly what they want are at an advantage
Homebuyers: Are you serious?
New federal rules have buyers asking how they’ll get approved for mortgages now and when rules go in full effect
If you’re thinking of buying a home or refinancing, new federal rules governing mortgage lending in 2014 probably have you wondering: Will the new rules make getting a mortgage more difficult? Is there any reason to borrow before 2014?
When architect Chris Rose first meets with clients, “One of the first questions I ask is, ‘Where do you feed the dog?’”
A good refinance will save you money in the long run, but be ready to pay slightly more when you file your taxes
If you’ve refinanced lately, congratulations. You’ve undergone the tough scrutiny of a mortgage lender and have been rewarded with a lower monthly mortgage bill.
In the wake of the credit crisis, the rich were no different from everyone else.
When her clients fell in love during an open house tour, agent Jesenia Ontiverso of Century 21 Marty Rodriguez in Glendora, Calif., feared they could be disappointed, since homes in the area were garnering multiple offers.
Say goodbye to McMansions in the exurbs; young families are looking for smaller homes in suburbs near the city
You’re thirty-something with one child and another on the way. It’s time to move to the ‘burbs.
Homeowners who got burned the first time they put their homes on the market are taking another leap of faith
If at first, you didn’t succeed, should you try again?
As household debt declines, prospective homeowners have a better shot at obtaining the mortgage they want
No wonder the housing market hasn’t made a really robust recovery: There’s a $11.38-trillion weight in the way.
The first question Newport Beach, Calif., architect David Kosco asks new clients is, “How formal are you?”
What’s your dream home?
Finally, some bright housing news.
Sell. Buy. Move.
If you love to vacation there, wouldn’t it be a nice reward after a successful career to retire there permanently?
This summer, thousands of people will fall in love, and some will be tempted to make a serious commitment: buying a vacation home.
While more people are opting to rent instead of own, they still plan to buy eventually. Here’s how to prepare for that day
Since the housing downturn, the ranks of renters have swelled. Now, slightly more than half of Americans who plan to move in the next two years say they intend to rent, according to a study by the Demand Institute, a nonprofit consumer research organization.
When moving, storage is a tempting alternative to throwing away precious possessions; just don’t get carried away
No wonder moving is ranked as one of life’s most stressful events.
What do women want?
Boomers are spending more on housing than the generations before them. What that means for your retirement plan
What’s your vision of a good retirement?
For some, ‘location, location, location’ means ‘schools, schools, schools.’ Here’s how school districts play into the purchase process
What makes some homes sell quickly? Often, it’s not the amenities of the home itself; it’s the school district in which the property stands.
Inventory is low, but buyers are out there. Here is how sellers can best position their listing to the market
The law of supply and demand is so basic to economics that even a kid running a lemonade stand gets the concept: More buyers vying for limited inventory pushes prices up.
Today's ideal home looks a lot like it always has – except that the dweller might rather pay rent over a mortgage
What makes a comfortable, functional family home?
If not at bottom, real estate is certainly beaten down, and a small but growing number of individuals are betting that buying a property now and keeping it tucked within an individual retirement account will yield gains for their future retirement.
Every seller would love to get more. But the best chance for moving a home is pricing it right from the get-go
If you've been thinking about selling your home, no doubt you've been thinking about how much you'll get for it.
Forget the biggest house on the block. Today’s buyers just want a home that meets their needs – and their budget
After decades when a better home meant a bigger one, Americans have had their fill Multiple surveys show consumer preference inching toward smaller homes.
Maybe you need to relocate for a job right away. Perhaps your current lease will expire soon and you hope to find a quieter building. Maybe you're thinking of renting instead of buying if there's a family-friendly place.
What can kick the doldrums out of this housing market?
It’s a buyer’s market, but the lending environment is still tough. Here's how to make your case for a loan
There's no better feeling than checking off every item from your to-do list. It's smart to try to take that same approach to homebuying.
Does your landlord love you because you're always on time with the rent? Well, your good reputation may spread to others, like credit card issuers.
Thinking of renting?
You can’t always get what you want – including a mortgage. Here’s how to best strengthen your position for obtaining a loan
Rental demand for single-family homes is high, but there’s plenty for owners to learn before they can profit
Optimistic investors are drawn to silver linings.
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