Homeownership more affordable than renting in major metros

Homeownership more affordable than renting in major metros
After years of home price declines and tightening rental markets, homeownership is now more affordable than renting in all but two of the 100 largest metros…

 

 

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Homeownership can translate into tax savings

Homeownership can translate into tax savings
Owning a home can provide some significant advantages when it’s time to file a federal tax return.  From green energy credits to deductions for damage from natural disaster, there are a number of items homeowners may be able to claim that could reduce a tax bill…

 

 

 

 

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Websites help home buyers, renters hone their searches

Websites help home buyers, renters hone their searches
Among new Internet-based real estate ventures to pop up in recent months is one that enables house hunters to simultaneously search for just about every lifestyle criteria imaginable. Another protects would-be tenants from unwittingly renting from a struggling owner in the midst of a foreclosure…

 

 

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Sales contracts for U.S. homes up 2 percent in January

Sales contracts for U.S. homes up 2 percent in January
The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® said recently that its index of sales agreements rose 2 percent last month to a reading of 97. That’s the highest reading since April 2010…

 

 

 

 

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Points lose favor

Points lose favor
With interest rates at or near record lows, many borrowers are seeing little reason to pay points when buying or refinancing a home. Some are even opting for what’s known as “negative points,” agreeing to a slightly higher rate to help pay closing costs…

 

 

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