| Aug 3, 2014
The U.S. government in recent years has started building a database of consumer complaints about banks and credit card companies, and levying millions of dollars in fines against what it believes to be bad actors. Now there's a potential new...
| Aug 13, 2014
| 5:43 PM
Southern California home sales plunged in July and show little signs of rebounding. And that, economists say, could stunt the region's economic growth.
Buyers scooped up 20,369 new and resale houses and condos in the six-county region last month, down...
| Aug 1, 2014
| 5:08 PM
An Irvine mortgage company that pulled the plug on its higher-risk loans a year before the Great Recession has launched an array of rule-bending home loans nationwide — a sign of a thaw in tightfisted lending standards in place since the housing...
| Aug 8, 2014
| 1:29 PM
Housing market results from the year's first half are in the books, providing researchers and prognosticators with a dizzying amount of data to crunch to figure out where the market is headed.
Look at enough of it, and believe me, I do, and a few...
| Aug 12, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Wade Bradley sells the Hollywood dream. But unlike the stories on screen, the ending isn't always happy, some of his investors claim.
Bradley's Media Society Inc. solicits wealthy people to invest in a slate of independent films that it produces and...
| Aug 11, 2014
| 2:50 PM
WASHINGTON Government regulators issued a consumer advisory Monday on the risks of bitcoin and other digital currencies, warning that the virtual funds expose users to volatile exchange rates, hacking, scams and theft.
Markups and transaction fees for...
| Aug 7, 2014
| 11:40 AM
Board-certified real estate lawyer Gary M. Singer writes about the housing market at SunSentinel.com/housekeys each Friday. To ask him a question, click here.
Q: We had an investment property that fell into foreclosure a few years ago. It finally went...
| Aug 7, 2014
| 3:34 PM
(Reuters) - A Securities and Exchange Commission judge has ordered a San Diego-based investment firm to pay a $15 million penalty and barred its two advisers from the securities industry for a scheme that defrauded clients out of $10.9 million.
| Aug 7, 2014
| 11:50 AM
Home equity loans and lines of credit are making a comeback.
Not long ago, homeowners who had some equity often used cash-out refinances to pay for home remodeling, to consolidate debt or pay for a child's school tuition. But that was when mortgage...
| Jul 26, 2014
| 11:22 AM
The once-sizzling home-sales market has cooled off this summer in the Orlando area as sellers face increasing competition and buyers no longer have to wait in line with investors to buy houses.
The days of prices rising as much as 2 percent or 3 percent...
| Jul 24, 2014
| 12:03 PM
If I pay money to your lender to lower your mortgage rate — permanently — will you make me a better offer on my house?
That's a question that could become more commonplace as home sales slow, prices erode and mortgage rates increase. The...