Dog lovers howl over breed blacklists, coverage denials and other insurer issues.
As much as you love your dog, your homeowners insurance company may not, depending on the breed. Your choice of a four-legged "best friend" might make it more difficult for you to find affordable coverage, if you can get coverage at all.
During a prescreening interview for a home insurance policy, Michael Richbourg of Atlanta was asked if he owned any dogs. He answered that he had two mixed breeds. He wasn't sure about one of them, but he said the other appeared to be mostly schipperke (pronounced like "SKIPPER-key"), which are small and foxlike.
Hearing the breed, the agent quietly replied that he could not process Richbourg's application further. It seemed that the insurance company had blacklisted the schipperke as too risky.
When investors buy homes to rent them out, area home prices increase. When they slow down, prices drop.
It was two years ago, almost to the day, that Warren Buffett said on CNBC he would buy up, "a couple hundred thousand" single family homes if it were practical to do so. Some claim that opened the floodgates to investors in the single-family rental trade.
Buffett, however, was just reacting to a trend already underway, and a new asset class that had formed. Firms like Colony Capital, Waypoint and Silver Bay Realty Trust were just a few big names buying thousands of properties and turning them into rentals.
The television personality is buying a home not far from the one she's trying to sell for $2.695 million.
The television personality, fashionista and author just dropped $8.5 million on an amazing oceanfront property in the exclusive Lower Three Arch Bay, a short walk from the home she is currently selling for $2.695 million.
The decrease for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages is the first in four weeks.
The average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage was 4.28 percent this week, down from 4.37 percent, Freddie Mac said on Thursday. The average 15-year rate slipped to 3.32 percent from 3.39 percent, the McLean, Va.-based mortgage-finance company said.
The Oscar-winning director's Manhattan apartment is for sale for $3 million.
Oscar season may have come to a close, but we're rolling out the red carpet for a New York spread with legitimate Academy Award pedigree: the luxury apartment of one William Oliver Stone.
The celebrated filmmaker has listed his Manhattan apartment for sale, The Wall Street Journal reports. Stone, winner of three Academy Awards, purchased the high-rise unit for $2.2 million in 2010 while filming "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps." He's now asking just shy of $3 million for the property in the West Village's 1 Morton Square.
The weather may soon be changing for the better, and your house can follow suit.
With spring on the horizon, it's time to get the home exterior straightened up for real estate showings. What's your plan for increasing curb appeal? Did you know it's not only about the lawn? Curb appeal actually involves everything from the yard to the front door to the siding.
Here are some tips to increase your home's curb appeal before you start showing it off.
Smaller down payments are still possible (if you meet the requirements), but homebuyers should shop around for the right mortgage for their finances.
Smaller down payments are still an option if you meet the requirements, depending on the lending institution.
Sales tags for super-exclusive homes increased in 54 of the 90 top markets, one study says.
New data from a global study of "ultra-high-net-worth individuals" — the top 0.01 percent — shows a stark rise in house prices in the most desirable parts of cities across the world.
The study, by real estate broker Knight Frank, looked at the lifestyles of the superrich — those with more than $30 million in net assets — and the very expensive penthouses, castles, mansions and estates they buy.