Homeowners had amassed record equity as crisis began

Jul 6, 2020
Housing wealth and other protections advantage owners over renters.
A neighborhood in San Francisco. Home values have only kept rising as buyers compete for a limited supply of houses.
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Getting cash out of your home is about to get harder if you have an FHA mortgage

Aug 1, 2019
A growing number of homeowners have been refinancing and pocketing the increase in their homes' values.
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Remodeling booms as housing stock ages

Mar 14, 2019
Spending on home improvement has increased by 50 percent since the recession.
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At $6 trillion, "tappable" home equity reaches new high

Sep 26, 2018
So far, homeowners are resisting cashing out.
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Home equity helping people build household wealth

Nov 24, 2016
Remember the housing crisis? Well, for many American homeowners, it’s now squarely in the rear-view mirror. A report from RealtyTrac finds that the percentage of homeowners who are underwater — meaning they owe more on their mortgage than their home…
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As banks prepare for end of draw, consumers should too

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Jul 1, 2014
HELOCs are coming due in the next two years - and the economy should take heed.

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Fewer homeowners drowning in mortgage debt

Jun 5, 2014
New data shows the number of American homeowners underwater continues to decline.

Learning about reverse mortgages

Apr 12, 2012
It's worth learning about reverse mortgages. The homeowner gets access to their home equity without moving.

The benefits of downsizing a home

Mar 30, 2012
Three years ago -- fresh out of grad school, with new jobs and lots of optimism -- my husband and I bought a beautiful house that we love. Trouble is, we spent too much money. Now, our mortgage consumes nearly…