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Mortgages

Following are all UrbanTurf articles filed under Mortgages, from most recent to least.

FHFA to Loosen Rules on Mortgages, Offer Lower Down Payment Options

FHFA to Loosen Rules on Mortgages, Offer Lower Down Payment Options

Lark Turner | October 21st 2014 | 4 Comments

The government hopes to give more first-time buyers and low-to-middle income earners a better chance at a house. ... read »

Report: 35 Percent of Americans Have Debt in Collections

Report: 35 Percent of Americans Have Debt in Collections

Lark Turner | July 29th 2014

In the DC area, the average total debt was $95,560, a number mostly driven by mortgages. ... read »

First-Timer Primer: How Do Mortgage Payments Work?

First-Timer Primer: How Do Mortgage Payments Work?

UrbanTurf Staff | July 15th 2014 | 3 Comments

In this edition of First Timer Primer, we take a closer look at what you are actually paying for when it comes to sending in that monthly mortgage... read »

$158,474: Arlington’s Qualifying Home Buying Income 4th Highest in U.S.

$158,474: Arlington’s Qualifying Home Buying Income 4th Highest in U.S.

Lark Turner | February 25th 2014

The average income needed to purchase a home in Arlington County jumped from $130,881 to $158,474 over the last year, according to a recent study. ... read »

Are You Qualified? What New Mortgage Rules Mean For the Consumer

Are You Qualified? What New Mortgage Rules Mean For the Consumer

Lark Turner | February 3rd 2014

The Consumer Financial Protection Board recently announced changes to mortgage lending with the ultimate goal of putting a stop to predatory lending.... read »

New Credit Score Company Ignores One-Time Mistakes

New Credit Score Company Ignores One-Time Mistakes

Shilpi Paul | May 7th 2013

One credit score generator has tweaked their formula to place less emphasis on one-time mistakes. VantageScore Solutions is now ignoring collection... read »

10 Percent Down and No PMI—BB&T’s 80/10/10 Loan

10 Percent Down and No PMI—BB&T’s 80/10/10 Loan

UrbanTurf Sponsor | April 23rd 2013

BB&T’s 80/10/10 loan is one of the best financing options for homeowners who only have 10 percent to put toward a down payment, are looking to buy... read »

UT Reader Asks: Does It Make Financial Sense To Pay Down My Mortgage Faster?

UT Reader Asks: Does It Make Financial Sense To Pay Down My Mortgage Faster?

Shilpi Paul | February 14th 2013 | 15 Comments

In this installment of UrbanTurf Reader Asks, a DC homeowner with a growing cash flow inquires about the pros and cons of paying down his mortgage... read »

3.79: Yet Another Record Low

3.79: Yet Another Record Low

Shilpi Paul | May 17th 2012

For the third consecutive week, mortgage rates dropped to a new record low, with Freddie Mac reporting 3.79 percent with an average 0.7 point as the... read »

From the Homestead Act to the Subprime Mortgage Crisis

From the Homestead Act to the Subprime Mortgage Crisis

Shilpi Paul | May 1st 2012

The Building Museum's new and extremely comprehensive House and Home exhibit has plenty of tasty offerings for UrbanTurf readers. On our trip there,... read »

DC Real Estate Guides

Short guides to navigating the DC-area real estate market

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Northern Virginia

Profiles of 14 neighborhoods across Northern Virginia

Ballston
Looking to Give People A Reason to Stay Past 6pm
Clarendon
Happily Straddling the Line Between City and Suburb
Columbia Pike
Arlington’s Neglected Stepchild is Getting a Makeover
Crystal City
Turning Lemons into Lemonade
Lyon Village
Developing An Air of Exclusivity?
Rosslyn
Hitting Its Growth Spurt
Shirlington
An Urban Village Hitting Its Stride
Del Ray
Virginia’s Small Town Near the Big City
Eisenhower Avenue
The Vibrancy Might Take a Few Years
Huntington
The Quiet Neighborhood By the Beltway
Old Town
Mayberry By The Potomac
Parkfairfax
132 Commerical-Free Acres
Downtown Falls Church
Staying the Same in the Midst of Change
Tysons Corner
Radical Change Could Be On The Way

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Maryland

Profiles of 14 neighborhoods in suburban Maryland

Annapolis
Small-Town Living in the State Capital
Bethesda
Bedroom Community Gets Buzzing Cache
Cabin John
In With The New While Maintaining the Old
Chevy Chase
Affluence, Green Lawns and Pricey Homes
Downtown Silver Spring
Experiencing a Resurgence After a Bumpy History
Potomac
A Suburb on Steroids
Rockville Town Square
Despite the Dynamism, Still Somewhat Generic
Takoma Park
More Than a Little Bit Quirky
Wheaton
A Foodie Magnet on the Verge of Change
Capitol Heights
Kudzu, Front Porches and Crime
Hyattsville
Glass Half Full or Half Empty?
Mount Rainier
Artists, Affordable Homes and A Silo Full of Corn
National Harbor
A Development Rises Next to the Potomac
Riverdale Park
A Town Looking For Its Identity

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Northwest DC

30+ neighborhood profiles for the city's biggest quadrant

16th Street Heights
DC's Sleeper Neighborhood
Bloomingdale
Where (Almost) Everyone Knows Your Name
AU Park
One of DC’s Last Frontiers Before the Suburbs
Brightwood
DC’s Northern Neighborhood on the Cusp
Burleith
DC’s 535 House Neighborhood
Cathedral Heights
Do You Know Where That Is?
Chevy Chase DC
Not to Be Confused With the Other Chevy Chase
Cleveland Park
Coming Back After A Rough Year
Columbia Heights
DC’s Most Diverse Neighborhood, But For How Long?
Crestwood
An Island of Serenity East of the Park
Dupont Circle
The Best of DC (For a Price)
Foggy Bottom & West End
Where the Institutional Meets the International
Forest Hills
Ambassadors and Adventurous Architecture
Foxhall Village
350 Homes Just West of Georgetown
Friendship Heights
A Shopping Mecca With a Few Places to Live
Georgetown
History, Hoyas and H&M
Glover Park
One of DC’s Preppier and More Family-Friendly Neighborhoods
Kalorama
A Posh View From Embassy Row
LeDroit Park
A Quiet Enclave in the Middle of the City
Logan Circle
Trendy Now, But Not By Accident
Mount Pleasant
Sought-After Homes Surround Main Street in Transition
Mount Vernon Triangle
From Seedy to Sought-After
Palisades
The Long, Skinny Neighborhood at the City’s Northwest Edge
Park View
It’s Not Petworth
Penn Quarter/Chinatown
DC’s Go-Go-Go Neighborhood
Petworth
Getting a Vibrancy of Its Own
Shaw
The Duke’s Former Stomping Ground
Shepherd Park
DC’s Garden of Diversity
Spring Valley
A Suburb With a DC Zip Code
Takoma
Not To Be Confused With Takoma Park
Tenleytown
Not Quite Like Its Neighbors
U Street Corridor
The Difference a Decade Makes
Woodley Park
Deceptively Residential
Adams Morgan
No Longer DC’s Hippest Neighborhood, But Still Loved by Residents

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Southwest DC

The little quadrant that could

Southwest Waterfront
A Neighborhood Where A Change Is Gonna Come

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Northeast DC

Profiles of 10 neighborhoods in NE

Brookland
New Development Could Shake Up Pastoral Peace
Deanwood
A Little Bit of Country Just Inside the District’s Borders
Eckington
Not to Be Confused With Bloomingdale
Fort Totten
Five Years Could Make a Big Difference
H Street
A Place To Party, and To Settle Down
Langdon
The Northeast Neighborhood That Few Know About
Michigan Park
A Newsletter-On-Your-Doorstep Community
NoMa
Evolving from a Brand to a Neighborhood
Rosedale
Ripe for Investment Right About Now
Trinidad
The Difference 5 Years Makes
Woodridge
Big Houses, A Dusty Commercial Strip and Potential

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Southeast DC

6 neighborhoods from Capitol Hill to East of the River

Capitol Riverfront
Still Growing
Hill East
Capitol Hill’s Lesser Known Neighbor
Congress Heights
Gradually Rising
Hillcrest
Notable for Its Neighborliness
Historic Anacostia
Future Promise Breeds Cautious Optimism
Eastern Market
A More European Way of Living

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