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One-fourth of homeowners living there alone (access required)

More consumers are opting to live alone, with single buyers making up a quarter of all home purchases, according to the National Association of Realtors. In the U.S., there are 33 million one-person households, and living solo is becoming an international trend.

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Mortgage lenders are becoming more curious (access required)

Arranging for a new mortgage loan, to finance the purchase of a home or to refinance an existing loan, is very different today from the process used a few months or years ago. Even applicants with exceptionally good credit should expect extensive scrutiny when applying for a mortgage today, The New York Times reports.

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Deceased father’s partners freeze son out (access required)

I inherited eight pieces of property that include vacant lots and two houses. I co-own them with nine people who grew up with my deceased father. While I was originally acknowledged as a co-owner after my father's death in 2000, the group does not keep me informed of any activities, and I do not share in the thousands of dollars they make renting the lots out.

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