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10 Red Flags for Real Estate Scams

10 Red Flags for Real Estate Scams


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Real estate fraud takes many forms and targets all areas of the housing market, with an impact on investors, homeowners and renters all over the country. Because these schemes can be hard to spot, we’ll wrap up this week’s intermittent series on housing related fraud with a rundown of the Federal...

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Demand for Mortgage Relief Opens Doors to Scams

Demand for Mortgage Relief Opens Doors to Scams


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Real state scams often prey on the desperate, masquerading as legitimate companies working in various areas of the housing industry. Along with schemes such as the Nigerian money transfer, fake ownership and other obvious rip-offs, scammers are taking aim at investors and homeowners struggling to keep...

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Mortgage Lenders Try a New Image

Mortgage Lenders Try a New Image


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The nation’s big banks are trying to clean up their image, and Bank of America is leading the way. With a brand new ad campaign aimed at r3estoring trust and winning the hearts of new customers, BofA aims to shed the baggage of its dirty past and eradicate consumers’ image of the banking industry,...

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How Does LIBOR Affect Your Investments?

How Does LIBOR Affect Your Investments?


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In recent posts we’ve been talking about the ongoing lawsuits involving several leading banks and charges that they rigged LIBOR rates, with implications not just for international investing, but also for mortgage rates at home. But the well-publicized US District Court decision to dismiss a number...

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The Banks Win a Round in LIBOR Cases

The Banks Win a Round in LIBOR Cases


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Score one for the big banks. Since the housing collapse, major US lenders have been under fire for a variety of fraudulent practices committed against mortgage holders, investing partners and event he federal government. With new settlements, legislation and lawsuits appearing on a seemingly regular...

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Zombie Properties:  Coming to a Neighborhood Near You?

Zombie Properties: Coming to a Neighborhood Near You?


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Everyone knows about the shadow inventory of foreclosed houses. But how about the zombie inventory? That’s the term coined by a January 2013 Reuters report on homes abandoned by their owners after receiving a notice of foreclosure from their bank. But here’s the catch: in these cases the banks never...

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Big Banks Still Fight Fraud Charges

Big Banks Still Fight Fraud Charges


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The big players in the post- meltdown mortgage fraud scandal continue to behave badly in spite of settlements, suite and legislation. And as legal actions set in motion years ago work their way through the courts, the nation’s large mortgage lenders continue to fight allegations of fraud and duplicity...

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Can Demographic Shifts Create a Housing Crisis?

Can Demographic Shifts Create a Housing Crisis?


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As the US housing market struggles its way out of the last major housing collapse, some researchers are eyeing changing conditions in American culture that could be paving the way for the next great housing crisis,. These new concerns center on the looming sell-off of large suburban homes as owners retire...

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Is the FHFA Creating a Foreclosure Crisis?

Is the FHFA Creating a Foreclosure Crisis?


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There’s a move afoot in some states to get rid of Edward De Marco, currently acting head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, or FHFA – the oversight agency for mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The reason, say housing experts, has to do with FHFA policies that threaten to create even...

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The Sequester’s Here: Implications for Investors

The Sequester’s Here: Implications for Investors


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March 1 has come and gone, bringing with it the dreaded “sequester” – that second round of mandatory budget cuts left hanging over the country after lawmakers backed down from the fiscal cliff at the New Year. With budget reductions aimed at defense and other government backed programs, the sequester...

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