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Terrorism Insurance? Maybe Not

Terrorism Insurance? Maybe Not


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After a week of violence and terror that paralyzed the city of Boston and riveted the country, officials are calculating the true toll of the bombings at the Boston Marathon – a cost measured not only in loss of life but in economic terms. But unless the bombings are officially labeled a “terrorist...

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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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What’s in a Home:  Changing Priorities in Housing

What’s in a Home: Changing Priorities in Housing


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“Owning a home is the keystone of wealth, both financial affluence and emotional security,” says financial guru Suze Orman. But as America ages, suffers financial instability and becomes more diverse, the definition of “home” is changing – and that creates new opportunities – and challenges...

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Homewner Assistance May Not Stop Forelosure


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After settling with the government over the massive foreclosure abuses of a few years ago, the nation’s largest lenders are taking credit for homeowner assistance programs that, they say, have boosted the housing recovery by helping thousands of struggling homeowners to avoid foreclosure. But according...

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Foreign Properties: Pitfalls for US Investors


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Just as more foreign investors are taking an interest in US real estate, Americans are looking toward investment properties abroad. The struggling economies of many countries are creating appealing conditions for investors both small and large. But while investing outside the US can offer opportunities...

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Are Home Prices Rising Too Fast?

Are Home Prices Rising Too Fast?


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Recent signs such as an upsurge in new home construction and rising home prices have appeared to point toward the recovery of the housing market after the great subprime mortgage collapse of 2008 or so.  But according to a recent CNBC article, the sudden spike in housing prices is raising concerns about...

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Delinquent Mortgages May Still Hamper Housing Recovery


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The good news is, the housing market is making a slow and irregular recovery, with home prices rising and new construction underway. Low interest rates are making mortgages and refinancing possible for more people. But the residue of the great housing collapse continues to affect the recovery. Mortgage...

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Do Lenders Manipulate Mortgage Rates?

Do Lenders Manipulate Mortgage Rates?


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In recent posts we’ve discussed the current state of mortgage interest rates on the US housing market as a whole and where those rates might be expected to go in the coming months. But the topic bears revisiting since mortgage rates are tied to a number of constantly changing factors, including the...

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The Defense Industry An Investor’s Friend?


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For years, the defense industry has boosted the economy in areas all over the country – and in some cases, the world. Large installations move personnel in and out in numbers that rival a small city, and short and long term assignments mean a constant search for rental housing. But defense cuts still...

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After the Fiscal Cliff: Some Breaks Survive


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New Year’s Day came and went, and thanks to last-minute maneuvering, lawmakers avoided rushing like lemmings over the projected fiscal cliff. But as the dust settles and details emerge about the implications of the last minute deal, one thing is uncomfortably clear: over 75% of Americans can expect...

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