Home Ownership

What's Your Home's Price Tag Right Now?

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As the housing market appears to be bouncing back in many parts of the country, you may be wondering: What's my residence worth now? There's actually more than one answer, according to Scott Halliwell, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner at USAA. He says your home has three, potentially very different, price tags based on its: Ma... more

Tips for Owning a Home and Building Wealth

Almost any servicemember can afford to own a home with proper preparation. Develop a savings plan to build up money for a down payment at purchase, for moving expenses, and for post-purchase emergency expenditures such as needed home repairs. Remember, the larger your down payment, the lower your home loan payment. MilitarySaves.org can help you... more

Mortgage Relief for Servicemembers

A new program was unveiled in June 2012 that could help tens of thousands of veterans and servicemembers who are struggling with underwater homes. The program expands the national mortgage settlement that the government previously reached with some of the largest banks, and it steps up enforcement of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). ... more

Banks Issue $123 Million to 952 Troops for Illegal Foreclosures

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More than 950 service members will receive over $123 million from a settlement announced Monday by the U.S. Justice Department with five mortgage servicers for non-judicial foreclosures in violation of the Service Members Civil Relief Act (SCRA). Under the National Mortgage Settlement, 666 service members and their co-borrowers will receive $88... more

Is Refinancing Right for You?

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Mortgage interest rates have gone up since recent historic lows, but they are still turning heads. "They are way below the norm over the last 10 to 15 years," says Mark Burrage, director of Home Advice at USAA. "Rates today aren't at an all-time low, but they're still near an all-time low." That's great news for those in a position to take adv... more

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