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  • Tips for 2-credit-score couples

    Ann Fleming has a theory about relationships, gleaned from the many couples she's counseled: Opposites attract. Fleming isn't a therapist; she's a Walnut Creek, Calif., financial planner who helps couples iron out money troubles. "People tend to...
  • Got the right stuff for loan? Then prove it

    Check your credit report and start digging for documents. A handshake, broad smile and verbal income estimate no longer will yield a mortgage but lenders still are looking for more than a few good borrowers. It's true that many consumers who secured...
  • Two-flat comeback

    Two-flat comeback
    Anup Bhattarai has been watching a lot of YouTube lately. Not that he has idle time on his hands -- quite the opposite, in fact. Bhattarai, 34, just bought a two-flat in Logan Square for $265,000, which he's rehabbing himself: repairing leaky pipes,...
  • Many underwater homeowners are deliberately walking away from mortgages

    Would you, under any circumstances, default on your home mortgage, even if you could afford to make the monthly payments? That's a trickier question than you might assume, according to new research from the University of Chicago's Booth School of...
  • The appraisal game has changed. Here's what you need to know.

    Tim McCarthy remembers what usually happened in the old days -- just a few years ago -- when a property appraisal would land on a mortgage lender's desk. "The lenders would get a two-page appraisal, they'd look at the bottom of the second page [at the...
  • Timeline: Christopher J. Dodd

    May 27, 1944: Born in Willimantic, the fifth of six children, to Sen. Thomas J. and Grace Murphy Dodd. 1966-68: Serves in Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic. 1968: Graduates Providence College. 1969-1975: Serves in the Army Reserve. 1970: Marries...
  • Vegas dreamers go all in

    Vegas dreamers go all in
    An arctic evening in Minnesota: Tracy Bridges shivered near her apartment window, weary of snowstorms and slender paychecks. She was 27, making $23,000 dealing blackjack at an Indian casino in Duluth, and couldn't shake thoughts of those dealers who had...
  • Buy now: Time is running out on the first-time buyers tax credit

    Buy now: Time is running out on the first-time buyers tax credit
    This article contains revised material. The federal government, through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, is offering a leg up on home ownership. But don't be caught lagging behind. A tax credit of up to $8,000 is available for...
  • Freddie Mac scandals began during Emanuel's watch

    Before its portfolio of bad loans helped trigger the current housing crisis, mortgage giant Freddie Mac was the focus of a major accounting scandal that led to a management shake-up, huge fines and scalding condemnation of passive directors by a top...
  • Owners' 'strategic defaults' on mortgages depend largely on how far underwater they are

    Owners' 'strategic defaults' on mortgages depend largely on how far underwater they are
    That some underwater owners -- whose houses are worth less than what they owe -- are walking away from their homes even though they can still afford to make their mortgage payments has been well reported, if not well documented. But just how prevalent...
  • Some lawyers profit off foreclosure fears, loan modifications

    Some lawyers profit off foreclosure fears, loan modifications
    A loophole in state and federal laws has made it easy for some attorneys to take advantage of Illinois residents struggling to keep their homes. Attorneys are among the few professionals who can legally charge upfront fees to help homeowners modify their...