Author: Brian Wallstin

Government shutdown will delay thousands of mortgages every day

Thousands of new-home buyers every day could find their mortgages held up until lawmakers reach a deal to reopen the federal government.The processing of mortgages backed by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Federal Housing Administration and the Rural Housing…

Titans rally to beat Chiefs in AFC wild card game

The Tennessee Titans, trailing 21-3 at halftime, scored 19 unanswered points in the second half to come from behind and beat the Kansas City Chief 22-21 in the AFC wild card game Sunday.The Titans, who needed a win in their…

High school graduation rates hit an all-time high

The high school graduation rate hit 84.1 percent in 2016, according to new government data, with greater than average gains made by low-income and minority students.The overall graduation rate rose nearly a full percentage point, according to the data from…

Photo project flips the picture of the pit bull

A Florida photographer is determined to change how some people look at pit bulls.Adam Goldberg, "lead pet photographer" at AGoldPhoto in Tampa, launched the Pitbull Picture Project in August 2016. The goal is to counter the perception that pit-bull breeds…

Behind the surge in luxury-home sales

Record prices and limited supply aren't just making it hard on the average homebuyer this year. Shoppers at the high end of the market -- typically less susceptible to supply and demand -- are encountering similar challenges.The average price of…

Why prospective homebuyers need to act fast

Indecisive or procrastinating homebuyers beware: New data show that more than half the homes on the market in May were snapped up in less than a month.That's the shortest turn-around time in more than six years, according to the National…