Category Archives: Home Ownership

Thanks for no Memory of the Mortgage Crisis: Grab a Loan Shovel and Start Digging!

Bob Hope said “A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don’t need it.” Bob Hope died in 2003 and apparently this philosophy died with him. Banks are again embracing borrowers who … Continue reading

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Blue Sky or Head in the Clouds? Home Ownership Dreamin’

What has the residential real estate crash taught us? The survey says: NOT MUCH! Fannie Mae published a study on the attitudes about home ownership and we haven’t learned much from the experience.  What about my fellow residents of the … Continue reading

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Housing Takes an Uppercut! Will it get off the Canvas this Time?

Is the residential real estate market taking a knockout blow? WSJ.com reported that borrowing conditions have tightened at this stage of the real estate cycle.  Economists are worried that the housing market might turn down again because of tight borrowing … Continue reading

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The Best of the First Quarter: A Pro Borrower’s Beginning

    I’m amazed that I’ve been posting twice a week for the last 3 months.  Time flies when you’re sharing experiences as a professional borrower.  My goal is to get to 104 posts and then evaluate the future of … Continue reading

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What’s your Borrowing I.Q.? Take the Test and Win the Title

Here’s a chance for you to test your borrowing intelligence quotient.  Some of the questions were covered in previous posts and some are brand new material.  I’ve wanted to be the devious professor who gives the brutally hard test with … Continue reading

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Are you a Mortgage Tortoise or Hare? How to Calibrate your Home Loan Radar

Why are you in such a hurry to pay off your mortgage?  We should take a lesson from the tale of the tortoise and the hare when it comes to home loans.  Slow and steady wins the financial race. So … Continue reading

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Ten Reasons to Pass on a New Mortgage

The last post looked at some common beliefs about mortgages.  This week I read a great article by Brett Arends’ in the Wall Street Journal, 10 Reasons to Buy a Home, that fits nicely into our series on home ownership and … Continue reading

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