Home improvement activity kicked into high gear in the third quarter of the year and is expected to continue to show strong gains well into 2014, according to a leading indicator from Harvard University.
Without a home inspection, you might as well be buying a house sight-unseen. It may not be required by your lender, but it can alert you to problems - or potential problems - that can help you negotiate some seller payback for repair costs or at least get a lower price on the house.
Finding the best rate and deal on a mortgage can be a challenge - how do you compare all those competing offers out there? However, a new online tool unveiled this week by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) tries to make it a bit easier.