August 14th, 2015
Want to own a home? You may want to ditch the big city. We consulted our data to find the US cities where the highest percentage of Credit Karma members had mortgages, and small cities dominated. Of the top 15 cities, none had more than 250,000 residents, and all but three had less than 200,000.
August 6th, 2015
Where the US cities with the highest average mortgages were all out west, the 15 cities where Credit Karma members had the lowest average mortgage according to our data* spread all over the country: the Midwest, South and Northeast.
July 30th, 2015
If you’re thinking about buying property in California, you might need to see how deep your pockets go. While the Golden State is known for its beaches and endless summers, it’s also home to some of the priciest real estate in the country.
February 4th, 2015
Learn how Millennials can buy a home while they're still young with Lauren Bowling of L Bee and the Money Tree!
August 1st, 2014
Recent news about the state of the housing market is good, but not great. One big, positive takeaway, though, is the sharp decrease in foreclosures and, correspondingly, in “distressed” housing sales.
July 3rd, 2014
In honor of the start of summer, we decided to make the housing market the subject of our latest infographic. Check it out for details on average mortgage sizes and a glimpse at how widely the market can vary based on region.
June 12th, 2014
In the eyes of many economists, the housing and mortgage crisis of the late 2000s is in our national past. According to a recent survey by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, however, a large majority of Americans don’t feel the same.
June 6th, 2014
For the first time since the housing crisis, consumers are now more likely to miss payments on their credit cards than their mortgage.
June 12th, 2013
For many years, homeowners have likely heard the same financial advice: Pay down a mortgage as quickly as possible. But these days, many financial advisers are singing a different tune, telling clients that in some cases it makes sense not to pay off their mortgages early. After all, mortgage rates are hovering near historic lows at around 3.8 percent, and homeowners can get a tax deduction for having a mortgage. Here are six reasons savvy homeowners choose not to pay off their mortgages early.
May 6th, 2013
For one out of four Americans, “cash only” is a way of life. 17 million Americans lack access to any type of formal bank account and are classified as “unbanked.” In addition, 51 million Americans do access basic bank services such as a savings account, yet they still rely on alternative financial institutions as well. These individuals might frequent check-cashing joints, fall prey to payday lenders, and often incur exorbitant fees associated with such alternative banking methods.