February, 2015

3 Ways to Buy a Home With $0 Down

Saving for a down payment remains one of the biggest hurdles for would-be homebuyers. But many could look to land a home loan today without stashing away another cent. There are scores of programs that can help buyers purchase a home with little or no money down. The government also backs two zero-down lending options. […]

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Mortgage Rates Return to 3.67% After Rising Last Week

Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed loans rose this week, with the current rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgages at 3.67 percent, up one basis point from this time last week. The 30-year fixed rate rose early in the week, then hovered around 3.67 percent for the rest of the week. “Rates moved decisively higher […]

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House of the Day: This $3.5 Million Treehouse Isn’t for Kids

An ultra-luxury mansion — one that looks like it was dropped into the trees outside Nashville — has hit the market in Tennessee for $3.5 million. “It’s a work of art,” said listing agent Sue Chilton of Zeitlin & Company Realtors. “It could appeal to country music writers and performers who want privacy, a place […]

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Deduct Energy-Efficiency Upgrades

  Are Mortgage Points Tax Deductible? When you took out a mortgage to buy your home, did you pay points? You may be able to deduct that prepaid interest on your federal tax return — but only if you meet a long list of rules. Read Tax and Home Records Checklist: What to Keep and […]

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7 Signs You’re Not Ready to Buy a Home

House hunting can be exciting, but don’t let that excitement sweep you up into making a decision you’ll end up regretting — especially if you’re a first-time homebuyer and might not know what lies ahead. Before you commit to one of the largest purchases in your life, you’d better be sure you’re ready for it. […]

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Real ’50 Shades’ Penthouses Still On Seattle Market

The “Fifty Shades of Grey” character getting almost as much attention as Christian and Anastasia is a 270-unit condo building in downtown Seattle where steamy scenes from the S&M story were set in the book. The building, Escala, is real and was completed in 2009. Its marketing materials apparently inspired writer E.L. James to make […]

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