A Fannie Mae survey found those saying it was a good time to sell at an all-time high of 42%, while those saying it was a good time to buy stayed at 69%.
Our parents sold their homes for plenty, sure, but the same sum invested in stocks over a 30- or 40-year period probably would have grown much more.
Prospective homeowners face a pleasing condition: In half of U.S. metropolitan areas, buying now beats renting after a mere two years.
Pouring money into riskier types of bonds, such as high-yield bonds, to get slightly higher interest payments? Everyone else already thought of it.
Yes, federal regulations are tougher than they used to be, and lenders are more cautious. But lenders don't make money if they don't approve loans.
Giving money, stocks or other valuables to loved ones is a nice thing to do. But if you have more than one to give to, how can you be fair?
Thanks to the Internet, many now make quick work of car shopping, often completing the process in just a few hours.
Starting Social Security payments early makes sense for only two groups, including those expecting to die young. But not many people do the logical thing.
Investors who don't want to do a lot of investment research, or feel unequipped for it, have a couple of easy options.
Though most sellers don't think of it, exploring open houses provides a chance to see how their home compares.