HARP Mortgage Refinancing Program Extended by 2 Years

Federal Home Affordable Refinance Program for home owners who owe more than their homes are worth will now run through 2015.

Underwater home owners with Fannie Mae- and Freddie Mac-backed mortgages will be able to try to refinance their mortgages for another two years.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced Thursday that Fannie and Freddie’s Home Affordable Refinance Program, which was set to expire Dec. 31, will be extended until the end of 2015.

7 Tips to Fix Mistakes in Your Credit Report

It’s not easy and it’s not quick, but at least we have tips you need to fix your credit report

Is your credit report telling lies about you? Credit report errors happen all the time, especially if you have a common name. Dispute them pronto, so you don’t end up paying more than you should for your mortgage and home owners insurance, or have trouble getting credit.

Millennials Show Strong Interest in Home Ownership

The majority of Millennials are strongly interested in becoming home owners, according to a survey from national home builder PulteGroup.

The PulteGroup Home Index Survey found 65% of renters ages 18-34 with an income of more than $50,000 want to buy a home.

Opinion: Keep Home Owners’ Tax Deductions

Young families, the middle class, and existing home owners benefit from the mortgage interest deduction.

There is a reason why the mortgage interest deduction has stood the test of time. It reflects a core value of America’s citizens.

By reducing the after-tax cost of a mortgage, the deduction encourages home ownership and helps people enter the middle class and live the American Dream.

REALTOR.com Warms Up Its Look

To find the perfect house to buy, you need to understand facts and figures, but listen to your heart as well.

One of the most popular real estate websites in the U.S. has retooled itself with an eye toward making the serious business of buying or selling a home more enjoyable.

REALTOR.com has a new look that reflects a warm, personable, connected, and consumer-centric approach to the home buying and selling process.

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Offer Troubled Home Owners New Foreclosure Alternative

Home owners with loans guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac will soon find it easier to get help avoiding foreclosure.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will offer a new, simplified loan modification program to help troubled borrowers avoid foreclosure and stay in their homes.

Your Top Home Ownership Tax Questions Answered

There are a lot of home ownership tax benefits — if you don’t forget to take them. To make sure you get your due, HouseLogic asked tax expert Abe Schneier, a senior technical manager with the American Institute of CPAs, for tax-filing tips.

HouseLogic: What’s the most common home-related tax deduction or credit claimed by home owners?

Here’s a Great Way to Clean a Smelly Disposal

Kitchen sink disposal

There are numerous ways to clean a garbage disposal using ordinary household products. Image: Liz Foreman for HouseLogic

How to Teach Your Houseplants to Call You on the Phone

Plant sensor that connects to an app

This Koubachi Wi-Fi Plant Sensor tells you what your plants need via your computer or smartphone. All images in this post: Koubachi AG

You Might Face Tax-Filing Delay This Year

Congress’s down-to-the-wire fiscal cliff deal on tax changes, which included some goodies for home owners, has put the IRS behind the eight ball. It’s scrambling to create new tax forms and modify old ones to reflect the tax code changes.

So if you’re raring to collect your due (and you’re eligible to), time to get Zen and sit tight.

In case you missed it, Congress resurrected: