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First-Time Home Buyer Grants

As my wife and I looked into buying our first home, we knew very little about the process. We were very worried about how we were going to make the …

Roadmap to Buying Your First Home | The Art of Manliness

Almost two years ago, I became a homeowner.<p>I had no idea what I was getting myself into when Kate and I decided we were ready to buy a home. I …

Your credit score isn't what you think it is

The credit score you receive may be much higher or lower than the one a lender uses when deciding whether to give you a mortgage, credit card or auto loan, a new government report finds.<p>One out of five consumers is likely to receive a score that is "meaningfully" different from the score used by a …

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac to go after more strategic defaulters

Anyone thinking of skating on mortgages owned by either<p>Fannie MaeorFreddie Macmay want to think again. As a result of new government reports, the two companies say they are going to do a better job of going after so-called strategic defaulters.<p>Fannie and Freddie can pursue judgments against …

What is a Contingent Offer and Should My Offer Have One?

You’re looking for homes and find one that really piques your interest, except it has a "contingent offer" status. As you keep browsing, you notice a …

Getting a Mortgage is About to Get Harder

Photo (cc) by StockMonkeys.com<p>Mortgage reform is kicking in on Jan. 10, bringing significant changes to home loan financing.<p>The new rules were …

Can You Really Get Solar Panels Installed for Free?

It sounds too good to be true: you can go solar without paying a cent. I first mentioned this proposition, known formally as a power-purchase …

One year with solar energy at home: Mostly sunny!

Advertisement<p>93 Comments<p>Just over a year ago, we took the plunge at my house and covered the back roof with solar panels: 41 of them, to be exact. …

A Home Maintenance Checklist: An Incredibly Handy Tool to Keep Your House in Tip-Top Shape | The Art of Manliness

<i>Update: One of our commenters, Brandon Beeson, was kind enough to put this into a Google Doc as a checklist. Click here to access that document</i>. <i>Feel</i> …

How to Put Your Home Maintenance on Auto-Pilot and Keep Your Pad from Turning into a Money Pit

Home maintenance is one of those things that's easy to forget or put off, because many tasks only need to be done once in a while or a few times a …

National Wood Flooring Association | NWFA

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First-time home buyers already burdened by debt often need help to qualify for mortgages

Parents, grandparents and young adults know the problem only too well: Heavy student-debt loads, persistent employment troubles stemming from the recession and newly toughened mortgage underwriting standards are all standing in the way of potential first-time home buyers in their 20s and 30s.<p>But …

Driveways That Drain Away

Get the latest news, updates and offers<br>from This Old House to your inbox<p>Home>Ideas | More in Driveways<p>Driveways That Drain Away<p>Porous alternatives to …