| Apr 14, 2014
The billboard seen by thousands of motorists on the Stevenson Expressway speaks volumes about Victor F. Ciardelli III's ambition as founder, president and CEO of Guaranteed Rate Inc.
It doesn't advertise mortgage rates, although company billboards...
| Mar 10, 2014
| 5:09 PM
The undercover informant who secretly recorded meetings with Ald. Howard Brookins as part of an FBI sting testified Monday that he also wore a wire for authorities after his 2008 arrest in a federal mortgage-fraud investigation.
Mhde Askar, who...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 1:56 PM
Amid flagging interest for the Home Affordable Refinance Program, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are taking their pitch on the road, with the first stop in Chicago next month.
Mel Watt, director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, is scheduled to meet...
| Jun 29, 2014
It was the worst U.S. economic calamity since the 1930s.
Over 18 months, the Great Recession erased trillions of dollars in wealth, destroyed 8 million jobs and robbed tens of thousands of their homes. More than half of adults lost a job or saw a cut in...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 10:34 PM
Much of what Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer alleges in his lawsuits against four big banks for their mortgage and foreclosure practices isn't debatable.
In his latest lawsuit filed May 30 against JP Morgan Chase, Feuer alleges that mortgage lenders...
| May 27, 2014
| 4:32 PM
Mhde Askar was barely out of high school but had hundreds of thousands of dollars stashed in his bedroom when he was arrested in 2008 in a massive mortgage fraud scheme.
Over the next six years, Askar, only in his 20s, worked undercover for the feds...
| May 20, 2014
| 3:49 AM
More homeowners with mortgages are recovering equity in their homes that was lost during the housing crisis, but the low end of the local housing market remains in bad shape.
So too, do homeowners in some outlying Chicago-area counties, according to a...
| May 22, 2014
| 1:49 PM
More Chicago-area homes came on the market in April than in any month during the past four years, a good sign for buyers stymied by a lack of inventory during their home search this spring.
Still, the number of available homes listed through the local...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Q: I have owned my building for eight years and have been living in one unit and renting out the other for just as long. I recently moved from my rental property and purchased a house in a different state with my wife and kids. Trying to maintain the...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 12:14 PM
A Chicago man has received a six-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to criminal mortgage rescue fraud.
Warren Jackson, 44, received the sentence in Cook County Circuit Court Thursday in connection with activities that caused losses of more than...
| Feb 4, 2013
| 11:43 AM
Depending on the status of the real estate market the advice regarding renting versus owning can fluctuate, but for older adults ready to make a move, the state of the economy isn't the only consideration.
For some they have been living in the same...