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Are you ready to buy a home?

Are you ready to buy a home?

Finance
Why home prices are on a tear Question: I am tired of paying rent and thinking about buying a home, but I'm worried about the added cost and responsibility. How do I know if I am ready?—Kate The transition from renter to homebuyer is a big one. Owning your own home gives you assurance that your monthly housing costs will never go up, (assuming you get a fixed-rate mortgage). Landlords can jack up your rent when you are least expecting it. But home ownership also comes with added responsibility. When something breaks in your rental unit, it's a quick call to the landlord to get it fixed. Homeowners are on the hook for both making and financing any repairs. It's a big financial leap to becoming a homeowner. Experts recommend asking yourself these questions before you start out house hunt:
Home prices are on an epic run

Home prices are on an epic run

Finance
How to save $ 1,000 this yearHome sellers are partying like it's 2006. Real estate prices posted an annual gain of 6.3% in February, according to the latest S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices. On a national level, home prices are up 6.7% from their peak in July 2006, and have been rising continuously for the past 70 months. "It's getting increasingly difficult to be a buyer," said Keith Gumbinger, vice president of HSH.com. Home buyers in Seattle, Las Vegas and San Francisco are facing the biggest gains. Seattle prices rose the most with a 12.7% year-over-year price increase, while Las Vegas prices jumped 11.6%. But so far exploding price increases haven't stopped home buyers. Homes are still flying off the shelves. For instance, the typical property in Seattle spent 29 days on th...
Mets' Wheeler feels right at home vs. Braves

Mets' Wheeler feels right at home vs. Braves

Sports
ATLANTA -- Zack Wheeler got to make his major league debut nearly five years ago back home in Atlanta with his family and friends watching and the New York Mets right-hander didn't disappoint. The graduate of suburban East Paulding High School earned a victory at Turner Field on June 18, 2013 while becoming the first Mets pitcher to throw six shutout innings or more in his first game. Now Wheeler gets to pitch for the first time at the Braves' two-year-old SunTrust Park on Sunday as he continues his comeback at age 27 after missing the 2015 and 2016 seasons because of elbow surgery. Mike Foltynewicz is the scheduled starter for Atlanta as the Braves try to win the four-game series after scoring twice in the ninth inning for a 4-3 victory Saturday night. The winning run came on a bunt base ...
Self-employed pie in home loan grows, so do defaults

Self-employed pie in home loan grows, so do defaults

Finance
A subdued loan demand from businesses is increasing competition in home loans, leading to a rise in the number of self-employed individuals getting mortgages. Home loans to self-employed accounted for 30 per cent of mortgages in fiscal 2017-18 as against 20 per cent earlier. But the flip side is that delinquencies are also rising. Gross non-performing assets (NPAs) in the segment are estimated to have inched up by 40 basis points (100bps = 1 percentage point) to around 1.1 per cent by the end of fiscal 2018, compared with about 0.7 per cent a few years back. According to a report by ratings agency Crisil, home loans to the self-employed segment have been growing at a compounded annual growth rate of 33 per cent in the past four years compared to overall 20 per cent expansion in housing fin...
Ant McPartlin returns home at 2.40am after drink-drive car crash arrest

Ant McPartlin returns home at 2.40am after drink-drive car crash arrest

Entertainment
Saturday Night Takeaway presenter Ant McPartlinwas filmed arriving back home at 3am this morning, following being arrested yesterday after he allegedly crashed into two cars in West London.Ant, 42, did not address the media who were outside his home.Instead, Declan Donnelly's co-star went straight inside his home, followed by two other people.Nathan Lee captured his return home on video and posted the clip to Twitter at 4am, with the caption reading: "BREAKING @itvnews Anthony McPartlin arrives back home after being released under investigation by Met police.GETTYSATURDAY NIGHT TAKEAWAY STAR: Ant McPartlin has returned home following his arrestAnt and Dec in pictures  Celebrate this dynamic duo in pictures PA Anthony McPartlin (left) and Declan Donnelly aka Ant and Dec...