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When it comes to short-term rental regulations, finding what works for one municipality may not work for another.
As part of National Preparedness month, here are a few tips on the best ways to prepare for intense weather and other natural disasters.
Early voting is an important process that gives people a chance to get to the polls before Election Day.
Nearly three in 10 mortgage borrowers either don’t know the rate they’re paying on their loan or decline to disclose it, according to a new survey by Bankrate.
New findings from the National Association of Realtors® show that a high number of Americans, 68 percent, believe that now is a good time to buy a home. What do you think?
Did you know June marked the 76th straight month of year-over-year gains in the median price of an existing home?
30% of those with vacation properties and 32% of those with investment properties plan to rent them in 2018 as a short-term rental.
Senators from both sides of the aisle are calling on HUD Secretary Ben Carson to finally make condominium ownership a more feasible option for American families.
NAR’s latest survey finds that a majority of consumers believe prices have and will continue to increase and that homeownership strengthens our nation’s communities.
As part of Home Ownership month, we are recognizing Homeowner Heroes through history and today.
In recent years, baby boomers have been active in the housing market, coming in at a close second to millennials as the largest generation of home buyers.
Differences in household composition and financing options incentivize homebuying demand for veteran and active military.
Across the country, states are stepping up to the plate to help future home buyers through programs that help them save the money they need, tax-free, to purchase their first home. It turns out these programs help current homeowners, too.
Despite consistently low inventory levels and faster price growth, existing-home sales bounced back in February after two straight months of declines.
The IRS has recently clarified and confirmed that under the new tax law owners can continue to deduct the interest on a home equity loan, line of credit or second mortgage.
The housing market likely won’t be deeply affected by the sharp decline in stocks in recent days because underlying economic fundamentals remain strong.
The following is an overview of provisions of the new tax reform law affecting current and prospective homeowners. Home Ownership Matters will be providing ongoing updates and guidance on this topic in the coming weeks.
To illustrate how the new law might affect a first-time homebuyer, consider the example of Barbara Buyer.
To illustrate how the new law might affect middle-income family of five, consider the example of Steve and Melinda.
According to a new report from the National Association of Realtors® (NAR), both millennials and those from the silent, or greatest generation, agree – walkable communities are the preferred way of living.
If there were ever a doubt that mortgage interest and property tax deductions influence future housing decisions, there shouldn’t be any longer.
Experts say there is a clear path to improving the landscape for homeownership.
The states with the greatest increases include New York, New Jersey, California, Virginia, Minnesota, Utah, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois and Michigan.
Homeowners expecting a big tax cut from the tax reform proposals being considered in Washington may be in for an even bigger surprise.
Selling your home is not an easy process. In fact, it’s harder than most people think. But there are ways to making it easier, and one of those ways is staging your home.
Some homeowners have learned the hard way that the remodeling projects they’ve chosen to invest their time and money into don’t always bring the returns they banked on.
A list of remodeling projects that received a perfect “Joy Score” of 10 from homeowners.
Here is all you need to know about the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), and the proposed legislation to reauthorize the program once it expires at the end of the year.
The National Flood Insurance Program must be reauthorized by Congress every 5 years in order to continue selling flood insurance. That authority is again due to expire at the end of the year unless Congress acts to extend it.
Eighty-four percent of Americans now believe that purchasing a home is a good financial decision – the highest number since 2007, According to the National Association of Realtors®’ 2017 National Housing Pulse Survey.
The recently released outline of a tax reform plan is well-intentioned, but leaves too much of the tax burden on the shoulders of homeowners.
Legislatures across the country are considering bills that would create savings accounts for first-time homebuyers.
Purchasing a home is a big investment and you should feel at ease asking questions, and discussing the process with your loved ones and your lender.
In 2007, Florida REALTOR® Sherri Meadows had a discussion with a waiter that ultimately sparked a nationwide effort among her colleagues to address issues of homelessness.
Short-term residential rentals are the best thing since sliced bread for folks who use them. But, they may be negatively impacting your own home’s value.
Whether you plan on staying in your new home for five years or fifty, it’s important to make sure you are protecting your investment.
It’s tough enough to find an affordable rental in today’s tight market, so when you see that perfect place for an even more perfect price, take a closer look. It could be a scam.
Read about some of the common pitfalls homeowners should avoid during the mortgage process.
Once you’ve decided to move forward with a lender based on the Loan Estimate, you are ready to shop for the closing agent who gathers all the legal documents, closes the loan, and handles the money involved in your purchase.
Prospective homeowners and home renters in San Francisco and San Diego continue to find it a challenge to find available properties to purchase.