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5 Weird Reality Checks You’ll Get If You Buy a Country Home

Akabei / Getty Images City living may have its perks, but combine the congestion and crowds with the threat of the novel coronavirus, and it’s no wonder that many city dwellers these days are fleeing to greener pastures (or thinking about it). But what…

July 15, 2020

Is Your Mortgage Forbearance Ending Soon? What To Do Next

SEAN GLADWELL / Getty Images Millions of Americans struggling to make their monthly mortgage payments because of COVID-19 have received relief through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. But mortgage forbearance is only temporary, and set to expire soon, leaving many homeowners…

July 14, 2020

6 Reasons Why This Is Actually the Best Time in Years To Sell a House

alexsl / Getty Images Talk about a strange summer. Between the continued threat of the novel coronavirus, a wobbly economy, and layoffs happening left and right, it’s no surprise that many who may have hoped to sell their home this season are wondering whether…

July 9, 2020

Don’t Panic! 3 Money-Saving, Last-Minute Tax Tips for Homeowners

kroach/iStock It’s heeeere: tax time. Granted, this year, the coronavirus pandemic prompted the Internal Revenue Service to extend the usual April 15 deadline to July 15. That might have seemed like plenty of time—and yet here we are, with a mere two weeks to go…

July 2, 2020

What Is an Appraisal Waiver? A Way To Save Cash on a Refinance

Alina555 / Getty Images When interest rates dropped to record lows in March, I decided to refinance the mortgage on my house. Yet after applying for a refi with my lender, it sent me an email that left me scratching my head. “Great news,”…

June 30, 2020

How Unemployment Can Affect Your Plans To Buy a Home—Now and Later

thianchai sitthikongsak / Getty Images The coronavirus pandemic has led to record-high unemployment rates not seen since the Great Depression. And this is particularly worrisome for would-be home buyers. If you were among the 23.1 million Americans who were laid off or furloughed, you…

June 19, 2020