Fannie Mae Tightens Guidelines On ARMs And Interest Only Products

For the first time this year, Fannie Mae announced significant updates to its mortgage underwriting guidelines. The changes include newer, harsher ARM qualification standards, the elimination of a once-popular loan product, and tighter rules for interest only mortgages.

Ex-Burglars Share Tips On Protecting Your Home From Break-Ins

This week marks the start of August, a popular vacation month for Americans. Maybe you're among the many that will leave town for a few days -- or a few weeks. But, before you leave your home, make sure you don't leave clues for burglars.

Case-Shiller Posts 16th Straight Month Of Home Price Improvement

According to the Standard & Poors Case-Shiller Index, home values rose 5 percent in June versus the month prior, and 4 percent from a year earlier. It's the 16th consecutive month in which Case-Shiller reported an increase in home values and the third straight month of outstanding results.

As Homebuilder Confidence Stagnates, Deals Abound

Home builder confidence held firm this month, according to the National Association of Home Builders' monthly Housing Market Index. September's reading of 13 equaled a 17-month low.

Case-Shiller Shows Slowing Growth In Home Prices… Two Months Ago

Home values "crept forward" in July. But not that it matters -- the Case-Shiller Index is a better tool for economists than it is for homeowners. There's 3 reasons why.

Existing Home Sales Rebound In August, Give Hope For Autumn

Sales of existing homes in recovered in August, perhaps the result of a post-tax credit normalization.

New Home Sales Drop In July — Just Like Existing Home Sales

Although new home inventory actually dropped 2,000 units in July, the slowing sales pace still managed to push the national supply higher by 1.1 months. At July's rate of sales, the nation's new home inventory would be exhausted in just about 9 months.

Home Affordability Rankings For 225 Metropolitan Statistical Areas

With home prices holding firm and mortgage rates still dropping, home affordability is reaching new heights.

How To Re-Grout And Caulk Bathroom Tiles

In this 2-minute video, you'll learn how to clean the existing grout in your shower and to prepare for a new coating. You'll also learn how to replace its caulk.