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Do Tighter Lending Standards Slow the Recovery?

Do Tighter Lending Standards Slow the Recovery?


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After the housing crash of a few years ago exposed the shifty underbelly of lending practices at the nation’s major banks, those institutions have been – albeit reluctantly – cleaning up their act with greater accountability and tighter lending standards aimed at forestalling another collapse caused...

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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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Mortgage Fraud Payouts Hit New Snags

Mortgage Fraud Payouts Hit New Snags


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The comedy of errors continues as payouts trickle out to victims of wrongful foreclosures in the robosigning settlement case. A month after the first wave of checks began bouncing at banks around the country, another group of recipients are being told that they’ll get an extra check to compensate for...

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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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Bank of America: Back in Hot Water Again?

Bank of America: Back in Hot Water Again?


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Just when it seemed the dust was settling in the various lawsuits and settlements resulting from charges of mortgage and securities fraud leveled at the nation’s biggest bank, new reports reveal that Bank of America is once again in trouble. This time the financial giant faces charges that it broke...

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Will New FHA Rules Raise Mortgage Costs?

Will New FHA Rules Raise Mortgage Costs?


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Record low mortgage rates may still be dominating the mortgage market, but new changes in FHA financing rules may end up making it more expensive to finance or refinance a property purchase in the coming months. Those changes, spurred by a shortfall in funds for homeowner bailouts, take effect on June...

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Lawyer Scams Target thT Housing Market

Lawyer Scams Target thT Housing Market


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If Nigerian money transfers and fake refinancing promotions weren't enough, scammers keep coming up with still more ways to defraud and otherwise take advantage of unwary or struggling homeowners and income property investors. Now, new warnings about real estate scams focus on ways fake real estate attorneys...

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What’s In a Name: Financial Planner or Money Manager?

What’s In a Name: Financial Planner or Money Manager?


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When should you fire your money manager? That’s a question raised by a number of recent posts on a variety of financial information sites and journals. But as finances become more complex and independent investors attempt to negotiate the landscape of loans, rates and taxes, a more important question...

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Good Debt Gone Bad: the Student Loan Trap

Good Debt Gone Bad: the Student Loan Trap


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In a previous post, we took a look at why new and recent college graduates saddled with student loans are wary of taking on the traditional debts of adult life: car loans and mortgages. Now, a closer look at the financial habits of the people known as “Generation Y” point sup the differences between...

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Wronged Homeowners Get Bouncing Settlement Checks

Wronged Homeowners Get Bouncing Settlement Checks


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It’s been nearly four years since a group of the nation’s largest mortgage lenders agreed to a settlement in lawsuits charging them with fraud, wrongful evictions and other abuses in the “robosigning” scandal of 2008-9. Now, according to a New York Times update, checks from the settlement are...

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