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Cleaning Up Credit After  Foreclosure

Cleaning Up Credit After Foreclosure


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In many ways, the health of the housing recovery hinges on credit – a major factor in the well-known housing collapse of a few years ago As banks and other mortgage lender tighten standards and clean up their lending practices in the aftermath of the crash, they’re taking a harder look at the creditworthiness...

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Streamlined Modifications:  Document-Free Mortgage Help

Streamlined Modifications: Document-Free Mortgage Help


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Even though indications are that the housing market is looking up after the disastrous crash a few years ago, the mortgage lending industry is still digging itself out of some very deep holes. Among the numerous problems facing major lenders both private and federal is the lingering issue of delinquent...

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Going Green Means Big Gains in Housing

Going Green Means Big Gains in Housing


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“Green” houses mean greenbacks for investors Houses featuring environmentally friendly upgrades and energy-saving devices command higher prices, attract more affluent tenants, and improve neighborhoods. While going green may look expensive, a variety of perks are available for the landlord/investor...

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Will Colleges Cause a Collapse?

Will Colleges Cause a Collapse?


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For many of the so-called “millennial” generation – newly graduated from college, or recent grads in the last five years or so – the old advice about getting a degree to get ahead just doesn’t apply. As more graduates are facing decades or more of student loan repayments, a new Forbes article...

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New Employment Stats Change Federal Bond Buying Plans

New Employment Stats Change Federal Bond Buying Plans


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Over $3 trillion and counting. That’s the total so far of the Federal Reserve’s buyup of mortgage security bonds – a number that, as we discussed in a recent post, is raising alarms among senior representatives of regional Federal Reserve banks. Now, in another twist to the fast-forward/slow motion...

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High Home Prices, Subprime Borrowers: Is History Repeating itself?

High Home Prices, Subprime Borrowers: Is History Repeating itself?


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For every positive sign of a housing comeback, there seems to be a chorus of anxious market watchers ready to find ominous signs of a new collapse looming on the horizon. Those gloomy predictions may be overstating the concerns, but a number of financial analysts and real estate experts point to several...

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The Fed’s Bond Buyup: Insiders Doubt Its Benefits

The Fed’s Bond Buyup: Insiders Doubt Its Benefits


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It’s going forward. No, it’s slowing down. No, wait, it’s picking up speed. The Federal Reserve’s rollercoaster ride of buying up mortgage backed securities and treasury bonds has been going on since last fall, with often-changing plans to scale it back or ramp it up depending on ever-evolving...

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How Can Mortgage Shopping Hurt Your Credit Score?

How Can Mortgage Shopping Hurt Your Credit Score?


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Mortgage debt is good debt. But in the arcane world of credit scoring, even the process of applying for a mortgage can raise red flags on an applicant’s credit report and lower scores. Careful time management, say financial advisers, can help borrowers avoid taking a hit to the credit score while trying...

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Is Owning a Home Bad for the Economy?

Is Owning a Home Bad for the Economy?


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Owning a home has long been a part of the cherished “American Dream” – a place to raise a family and grow old in comfort and security. But a controversial new study by a couple of economists is challenging that notion with some surprising findings about the relationship of homeownership to employment...

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Buying Property? Plan Ahead

Buying Property? Plan Ahead


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Everybody needs a place to live, says Jason Hartman, and that’s why real estate remains a solid investment that can weather many of the ups and downs of the economy in general. And now, continued low interest rates and a housing market on the rebound combine to create new opportunities in income property...

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