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How Parents Can Help Their Children Buy a Home

ShutterstockTight credit requirements have some parents wondering whether they can — and should — help their kids purchase a home. By Chris Birk Younger, first-time homebuyers are an increasingly rare sight in the current housing market. The

Vacation Homes: How to Know You’re Buying the Right One

ShutterstockMore than 80 percent of second-home buyers choose a house within driving distance from their primary residence. By Vera Gibbons Now that summer is here, and you’re out and about taking it all in, you might be

5 Ways to Gain an Edge in a Competitive Homebuying Market

ShutterstockGone are the days when you could simply get pre-approved to buy a home and get into a homebuying contract quickly. By Scott Sheldon Demand for real estate is growing in many markets across the country. That’s

On 70th Anniversary, VA Home Loans More Essential Than Ever

ShutterstockMilitary borrowers find refuge in the VA loan program, which guaranteed a record 630,000 loans in fiscal year 2013. By Chris Birk Air Force Tech Sgt. Rhonda Stockstill settled into her new home in February, nine months

Your Home of the Future: A Shipping Container?

ShutterstockAn example of shipping containers’ adaptive re-use as dwellings: student housing in the Netherlands. By Christine DiGangi An Australian housing and recycling enthusiast is working to resolve the supply-and-demand imbalance in Sydney’s property market by putting people

Home Sales See Biggest Monthly Gain in Nearly 3 Years

Wilfredo Lee/APA prospective homebuyer checks out a house in Miami Shores, Fla. By MARTIN CRUTSINGER WASHINGTON — Sales of previously owned U.S. homes posted the best monthly gain in nearly three years in May, providing hope that

Michael Jackson’s ‘Neverland’ Remains, Its Future Uncertain

Derrik J. Lang/The Associated PressA light fixture with tributes to singer Michael Jackson on the property outside the gate to the Neverland Ranch. By Derrik J. Lang LOS OLIVOS, Calif. — From outside the gates of Neverland

ETFs: The New Way to Invest in Real Estate

ShutterstockWhen the housing bust hit, investors bought thousands of single-family homes — the deals were too good to pass up. By Joanne Cleaver Is investing in an exchange-traded fund a smart way to invest in real estate?

Curb Appeal Starts at Your Front Door

ShutterstockLandscaping certainly ups a home’s curb appeal, but a cheery and colorful front gate will make any passerby smile. By Wendy Manwarren Generes There are lots of things you can do to add a bit of curb

Zillow Mortgage Marketplace: 30-Year Rate Drops Below 4%

ShutterstockRates on 30-year fixed mortgages fell below the 4 percent threshold for the first time in several months. By Alexa Fiander Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed mortgages fell this week, with the current rate borrowers were quoted