The $10,000 home

Feb 24, 2012
Neighborhoods in Atlanta have been devastated as home prices have fallen. How are residents coping with moving from high on the hog to the other side of the tracks?
Posted In: home, Housing, house prices, Atlanta

The accordion family: When kids move home

Feb 24, 2012
The number of adults who are moving back in with their parents is on the rise. Author Katherine Newman discusses how families are affected when the kids move back in.
Posted In: life, home, moving, adult, Jobs, Unemployment

The allure of homeownership

Feb 13, 2012
My husband and I are both church pastors. We have been married for a year and half and we both work full time. Our gross income is about $84,000 and we tithe 10 percent to our churches and charities, which we will continue to do. We are trying to decide whether or not to purchase a home, and whether we are saving money in the proper places.... Is this a good time to buy a home? What if we needed to sell it in four years? Should we be putting less money into savings and more into the Roth IRA's? Thank you for your help! Emma, Beverly Hills, MI
Posted In: home, mortgage, Savings, retirement savings, Roth-IRA

Do you qualify for help from the foreclosure settlement?

Feb 10, 2012
The details of the settlement between the states and the banks are still being hashed out. But, if you want to know if you might qualify, we’ve got some information to get you started.
Posted In: home, Mortgages, refinance, robosigning, default, foreclosure, settlement

Healing in a new home

Feb 10, 2012
When commentator Jen Miller's love hit the rocks, she did something unusual -- she called a mortgage broker. But she didn't lose her head.
Posted In: home, purchase, mortgage

Will the settlement money be enough?

Feb 9, 2012
As states close in a settlement with big banks over alleged abusive home foreclosure practices, we break down how much each family will really get.
Posted In: home, foreclosure, mortgage, mortgage settlement

Figuring out student loans and a home

Feb 9, 2012
I have a dilemma that I hope you can offer some advice on: I am currently in the process of paying off some hefty student loans I accumulated while earning my bachelor's and master's degrees. I pay almost twice the required payment. (Please let me know if you need specific figures.) My husband and I would like to save for the down payment on a home to be purchased within 5 years. Would it be more advantageous for me to continue aggressively paying down the loans (fixed interest rate of 4.25 percent) or save as much as possible to apply to a home to be purchased in the near future? Michelle, Indianapolis, IN
Posted In: Savings, home, student loan, emergency savings

Steps toward a major move

Feb 6, 2012
I'm a 58-year-old widow and I have been paying on a 30-year mortgage for 28 years, so I am almost there. I think I owe about $8,000. I am contracted to a job that doesn't offer a pension, but I do have investments (which I think of as retirement money). All three of my daughters moved to Seattle and I want to move there this summer. Right now, I have a little cape cod, which hopefully I can sell for $200,000+. However, my daughters live in the Ballard neighborhood, where a house even a little smaller than mine would cost nearly $400,000. They have condos. I wouldn't mind a townhouse if I get a patch of land to garden. I will be getting a job when I move, but should I just rent at this point? Should I leave the investment money alone? Laura, Ann Arbor, MI
Posted In: home, home sale, investments, move

Getting Personal: To move or not to move

Feb 3, 2012
Tess Vigeland and economics editor Chris Farrell discuss the possibility of more transparency on 401(k) fees. Plus, callers ask questions about supporting retired parents and the pros and cons of uprooting a family for a new job.
Posted In: home, Retirement, Money, Mexico, underwater, House

Stepping up and stepping in for an aging parent

Feb 3, 2012
People coping with elderly parents in failing health face tough decisions. But there are warning signs indicating when loved ones should step in.
Posted In: elderly, alzheimers, financial, home, Retirement, dementia, warning signs