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  • Home equity line defaults are likely to rise

    Home equity line defaults are likely to rise
    A wave of potential defaults on home equity lines of credit could start arriving in the next few years as Americans face a day of reckoning on their boom-era borrowing.
  • How to avoid the next housing bust

    The boom-and-bust in the housing market has ruined lives, wiped out vast amounts of wealth and taught some hard lessons — including at least one that Congress has seen fit to ignore: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have got to go. These huge,...

    Local foreclosures decline, but still higher than U.S. average

    Local foreclosures decline, but still higher than U.S. average
    Foreclosure activity in the Chicago area continues to decline but remains above the national average. That's bad news for local home sellers who have a foreclosed home nearby because while home sales prices are decidedly up year-over-year, they could be...

    Some homeowners miss out on housing recovery

    Some homeowners miss out on housing recovery
    Scott and Caroline Schmauderer know all the acronyms and the nitty-gritty details of the federal government's various programs to help homeowners like themselves, whose plans were derailed by the housing bust. They read up on loan modifications, but...

    Driving my Mercedes to pick up food stamps

    — Sara Bareilles played softly through the surround-sound speakers of my husband's 2003 Mercedes-Benz Kompressor as I sat idling at a light. I'd never been to this church before, but I could see it from where I was, across from an old park,...