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Reverse mortgages are held out as an excellent way for house-rich, cash-poor seniors to tap into their equity without having to sell and move. And they may well be a good choice for some people. But they are not the only option. A reverse loan is meant...
Tags: Family, Money and Monetary Policy, Finance, Homes, Politics
If real estate finance is the art of the possible, what's possible for buyers and sellers worried about rising mortgage rates, bond market jitters and soft home prices? Interest rates of 6.75 percent and higher needn't be impediments. Talk to veteran...
Dreaming of retiring and then sailing the world? You may want to try it the other way around. Big-ticket purchases at or early into retirement can crush even well-funded portfolios, experts say, particularly if they are accompanied by a period of poor...
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Today, buying a home may feel a lot like buying stocks: You'd prefer to wait until the market finally bottoms out. The only problem is getting the timing right. The price of existing single-family homes in 20 major metro areas has declined every month...
Separate from the monthly mortgage bill, would-be home buyers have to factor in numerous costs to determine their affordability comfort level, financial counselors say. Some of the considerations: Property taxes. "For real estate taxes in the Chicago...
Tribune staff reporterTinsel and lights still gleamed on Christmas trees and New Year's Eve was only days away in 2006 when Richard Gustafson signed a contract to buy a condominium in Forest Park. If you venture out, like Gustafson, while everyone is at the shopping mall or...
With humble apologies to William Shakespeare, the question in today's housing market is "To buy or not to buy?" There are several compelling reasons for anyone who needs a house or wants to upgrade his family's living arrangements to venture forth. At...
TRIBUNE REPORTERFor those who believe that housing is going to stage a turnaround, the next month may be a last chance to get a home at a bargain price. That's because, if the early spring selling season gets off to a strong start, incentives and discounts may soon be a...
Tribune reporterThe cost of Mario Greco's new home just went up by $7,000. That's his estimate of how much additional cash he'll have to bring to the closing table when his family's Northwest Side house is completed in November, now that Chicago aldermen have bumped...
Special to the TribuneBuying a home for the first time is a lot like bungee jumping, says Richard Cohen, author of "It's Not About Rate: The Right Way to Get a Mortgage." "It's scary and exciting at the same time" says Cohen, who has counseled hundreds of first-timers as a...
Tags: Real Estate Buyers, Banking, Credit and Debt, Loans, Homes
Free parking for one year! A free flat-screen plasma TV! Your choice of a free car or furnished condo! In the market for a new condo? You may be in luck. With the housing market in a serious slump, these are just a few of the freebies that anxious...
Tribune staff reporterForeclosures class comes to order -- in the bustling public aisles of a records room in the Cook County Circuit Court clerk's office. Mary Richardson hands three rapt students their "textbook," a 35-page printout, and starts the day's lecture on how to...
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