Real Estate

In my yearlong house hunt, I've toured countless homes, and that first visit is a lot like a first date. It can be going great, right up until you spot your personal deal killer—like a pack of cigarettes in her purse, or white socks with sandals. Check, please! Same thing happens when...

Looking for housing in California — to buy or rent — means having the fewest choices in the nation. A curious stat from the U.S. Census Bureau tracks empty residences, whether those units are rentals or ownership properties. Basically, “gross vacancy rate” is a proportional measure...

The mortgage interest deduction (MID), long the politician’s poster child for homeownership, has taken some hits in recent months. The MID has been under fire by Democrats for years for disproportionately benefiting wealthy homeowners. But no one really thought it would actually go away or be reduced...

Renters in 2017 spent more of their income on rent, while homeowners actually spent less of their income on mortgage payments and associated housing costs. In California, both are paying way too much. Financial experts recommend a tenant or owner limit their cost for shelter to...

Everyone wants to know the best time to buy, sell or hold real estate. Three factors, explained in the charts below, help you anticipate the best action to consider for 2018 and beyond. The yield spread has experienced a recent downward trend in 2017 though it...