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‘I Thought I’d Bought a Home, Then the Coronavirus Hit’

courtneyk/Getty Images Buying a home had always been part of my life plan, and in February, I thought I was almost home free: I’d made an offer on a condo in Philadelphia, and that offer had been accepted. All that was left was to…

May 11, 2020

How Motherhood Completely Overhauled What I Want in a Home

SDI Productions/Getty Images Motherhood can bring so many changes—not only to your relationship, career, and life in general, but also to what you look for when shopping for a home. I should know: Six months ago, I moved from Los Angeles to New York…

May 8, 2020

What Is a No-Fee Mortgage?

Witthaya Prasongsin/Getty Images When you apply for a mortgage or refinance an existing mortgage, you want to secure the lowest interest rate possible. Any opportunity a borrower can exploit to shave dollars off the cost is a big win. This explains the allure of…

May 7, 2020

Tipping Etiquette in the Time of Coronavirus: How Much Is Enough?

agrobacter/Getty Images Delivery workers at restaurants, grocery stores, and other essential businesses provide a lifeline to homebound shoppers while the highly infectious and deadly coronavirus circulates, so you might be wondering: When do I need to leave a tip? And how much gratuity is…

May 7, 2020

What Happens If I Stop Paying My Mortgage?

EmirMemedovski/Getty Images During the current financial crisis, you may ponder the idea of simply stopping payment on your mortgage. It is an option that some may want to consider in difficult times, but it is a bad decision all the way around. The reason:…

May 6, 2020

As Markets Wobble, Will We See a Wave of Reverse Mortgages?

Kameleon007/Getty Images Over the past three months, the stock market has been on a roller coaster. Investment portfolios have followed suit, which could be particularly concerning for those who are counting on those funds for retirement. For those close to retirement, a lack of…

May 5, 2020