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  • How to Protect Your Wine Collection

    As Americans buy more wine, well-heeled homeowners build elaborate storage ‘cellar’ systems and buy specialty insurance for their prized collections.

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  • Why So Many Detroit Home Buyers Are Paying in Cash

    Low housing prices, affluent buyers and strong investor interest mean more cash deals.

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  • When Retirees Should Not Pay Off Their Mortgages

    Baby boomers are swelling the ranks of retirees, and more are carrying mortgage debt than in the past. But it doesn’t always make sense to pay off the debt.

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  • When Your Mortgage Lender Wants to be Pen Pals

    Borrowers may be asked to clarify questions about income, employment and other matters, but ‘comfort letters’ generally aren’t legally binding.

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  • In Cooling Housing Markets, ‘Bump Clauses’ Help Seal Win-Win Deals

    The contingency-based clause coaxes some sellers by offering them the chance to continue marketing a property, while buyers are given time to sell existing homes.

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  • Baby Boomers Are Downsizing and There’s A Problem: What To Do With All Their Stuff

    As baby boomers move to smaller homes, they face a challenge: how to sell possessions they’ve accumulated over the years

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  • New Tax Laws Have Home Buyers Checking New Places

    The new cap on deductions for taxes, including on property, have people looking for deals outside high-tax states.

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  • Want a Vacation Home? Check the Tax Laws First

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 is changing how buyers pay for that oceanfront condominium or ski chalet.

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  • Facing a Bidding War? Why a Local Mortgage Lender May Offer an Edge

    Home purchasers seeking to stand out in competitive housing markets should consider a mortgage professional based in the area.

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  • Rising Interest Rates Squeeze Homeowners’ Budgets

    High-end homeowners are shelling out $241 more per month, on average, toward their mortgage payments, up 13% from 2017.

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  • How to Sell Your Home Without a Real-Estate Agent

    Selling a home without a real-estate agent could save thousands of dollars in commissions, but many owners don’t want the hassle or end up getting an agent anyway.

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  • Buying a Home With an LLC: A Primer

    Limited-liability corporations help homeowners maintain privacy, and the new tax law makes them more attractive

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  • Escalation Clauses: A Little-Known Bidding-War Strategy

    Potentially risky, an escalation clause automatically increases an offer in the face of competing bids. Here’s what buyers and sellers need to know.

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  • Self-Employed Workers Face Mortgage Hurdles

    When self-employed workers apply for a mortgage, the biggest challenge is demonstrating they meet the lender’s income requirements.

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  • Get Smart on Down Payments

    In 2018, home buyers will have to decide how much money to put down amid uncertainties over long-term interest rates and the new tax law.

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  • The Risks of Buying a Home That’s Too Big

    The larger the house, the more you’ll pay in utility bills, property taxes, insurance and repairs (and the more you’ll have to clean).

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  • Foreigners Seeking Mortgages Face Close Scrutiny

    Lenders will want to validate the applicants’ visa status and review their credit history; some ask noncitizens to make a 25% down payment.

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  • Don’t Get Burned by a Credit Freeze

    If you’ve instituted a freeze on your credit but now want to apply for a mortgage, you will need to take the extra step of allowing the lender access to your credit.

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  • What to Look for in a Mortgage Servicer

    Even experienced borrowers get frustrated with mortgage servicers, the firms that collect mortgage payments on behalf of lenders and investors.

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  • Millennials’ New Weapon in Bidding Wars: A Parent’s Home Equity

    Parents refinance their own homes to help their children compete as all-cash buyers in hot housing markets. When the purchase closes, the children pay the parents back.

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