How would tax plan alter mortgage interest deduction?

Analysis: A buyer paying at least $305,000 today still qualifies for the deduction, but only homes worth $801,000 or more would under latest Trump tax proposal.

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Lennar upbeat on housing market after storms

The homebuilder said orders and deliveries rose in the latest quarter, and, after a short post-storm pause as the nation cleans up from recent storms, the company says that it expects that uptick in demand to continue for new homes.

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Outsized price gains for entry-level homes hurts buyers

Analysis: Home prices in the lowest, most-affordable tier rose 56% over the past five years, but prices in the top, most-expensive tier are up only 33%.

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7 real estate ideas that deserve to die

Conventional wisdom dies hard, and misconceptions may drive the decisions you make about your real estate career, marketing and even office décor.

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Here’s how credit scores affect your mortgage rate

Buyers can’t control interest rates, but they have some control over their credit score – and a good credit score can shave thousands of dollars off their loan.

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With flood ins., what does ‘substantial damage’ mean?

In the national flood program (NFIP), “substantial damage” means that repair costs for a home in a Special Flood Hazard Area are at least 50% of its market value.

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Hurricane victims: A recap of key IRS tax relief

The Treasury issued a rundown of the tax relief benefits offered to victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Because relief postpones some tax deadlines, individuals and businesses have until Jan. 31, 2018, to file any returns and pay any taxes.

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Refinance scams target military vets

Scammers convince some vets with VA loans to refinance multiple times in one year, and each refinance adds thousands of dollars to the total amount they owe.

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Justices to hear argument in states’ disputes over water

The Supreme Court says it will hear a decades-long dispute between Florida and Georgia over water rights.

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Why do some people pay too much for a house?

A 2017 Nobel Prize focused on “behavioral economics,” which finds that people make illogical economic decisions and act more like Homer Simpson than Mr. Spock.

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