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  • Merchants lose bid to force lower debit card swipe fees

    The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal by retailers seeking to force the Federal Reserve to impose lower fees on the more than $1.4 trillion in debit card transactions processed by Visa and MasterCard and big banks. The court's denial, made...
  • Steps to take before buying a home in 2015

    Buying a home probably isn't a New Year's resolution the way that getting in shape or getting organized is. But with interest rates low, credit easing, home price gains moderating and rents rising, purchasing a first home this year may be easier to attain...
  • Stretching your nest egg for a comfortable retirement

    Stretching your nest egg for a comfortable retirement
    Are you ready for retirement? I'm not talking about the feeling that you'd like to chuck your job or the daily grind of commuting. Rather, do you know if you have enough money to retire and how to stretch what you've saved so the money lasts? If you...
  • Mortgage rates tumble

    Average interest rates on fixed-rate mortgages fell this week to their lowest level since May 2013, Freddie Mac said Thursday. The average rate on a 30-year loan was 3.73 percent, down from 3.87 percent last week and 4.51 percent a year ago. For a 15-...
  • Mortgage rates hit 20-month low as 30-year loans fall to 3.73%

    Mortgage rates hit 20-month low as 30-year loans fall to 3.73%
    Worries about economic troubles in Europe and Asia have sent mortgage rates plunging to a 20-month low, with Freddie Mac saying the average rate for a 30-year conventional loan fell to 3.73% early this week from 3.87% a week earlier. The average rate...
  • Mortgage rates edge up, but still at 19-month low

    Mortgage rates edge up, but still at 19-month low
    Average U.S. mortgage rates rose slightly this week, but the benchmark 30-year rate stayed near a 19-month low. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac says the nationwide average for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage increased to 3.87 percent this week, up from 3.83...
  • Review: 'The Working Man's Reward' by Elaine Lewinnek

    Review: 'The Working Man's Reward' by Elaine Lewinnek
    Define "suburb." More specifically, define "Chicago suburb." The task is harder than it at first seems. Affluent residential communities from which the elite commute to the Loop? Sure, but what about Cicero or Blue Island? OK: Smaller towns outside...
  • Mortgage rates defy experts to close year below 4%, Freddie Mac says

    Mortgage rates defy experts to close year below 4%, Freddie Mac says
    Closing out a year of surprisingly low mortgage interest rates, the average rate for a conventional 30-year home loan was 3.87% this week, Freddie Mac said, up slightly from 3.83% a week ago. The home-financing giant reported that the 30-year rate...
  • Mortgage rates defied forecasts in 2014; what's ahead in 2015?

    Mortgage rates defied forecasts in 2014; what's ahead in 2015?
    Housing economists were nearly unanimous a year ago: U.S. mortgage rates would rise in 2014 because the Federal Reserve was unwinding a key economic stimulus that had helped keep long-term interest rates low. But as the year passed, the Fed's pull-...
  • More private lenders looking at real estate

    More private lenders looking at real estate
    When Diego F. Burneo started buying and renovating homes in 2011, he had to rely on cash to cover expenses, a restriction that slowed his pace and forced him to split profits with a family member. But in November, the Anne Arundel County real estate...
  • Falling mortgage rates spur surge in home loan applications

    Falling mortgage rates spur surge in home loan applications
    Mortgage rates keep falling, and that has borrowers rushing to close a deal. Applications for home loans soared 49% for the week ended Jan. 9, according to the Mortgage Bankers Assn., the largest pop since 2008. The jump from a week earlier came from...