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  • Yes on Proposition 41

     Yes on Proposition 41
    In 2008, California voters authorized a $900-million bond issue to shore up a state program that financed low-interest mortgages for veterans. The bonds have never been sold, however, because demand for the loans has all but evaporated. Now, a new...
  • For the record

    Student loans: In a Money Talk advice column in the April 27 Business section, financial expert Mark Kantrowitz was incorrectly quoted as saying the repayment year of a questioner's student loans was 2014. The correct repayment year is 2024
  • Co-signing has risks for young borrower, too

    It doesn't always pay for young borrowers to add parents, grandparents or other relatives as co-signers to get a lower interest rate on a student loan from a bank. In some cases, when the co-signer dies or falls into bankruptcy, the action may trigger an...
  • L.A. registry criticized over run-down foreclosures

     L.A. registry criticized over run-down foreclosures
    The teal blue house on E. 111th Street was surrounded by trash, its parking pad piled with everything from egg cartons to a busted couch. Most of its windows were broken. The door sat ajar. Inside, chicken bones and cans of Mothers Maid carrots and...
  • Mortgage rates defy forecasts

    As 2014 arrived, experts were confident that the 30-year mortgage rate would rise to at least 5% this year as the Federal Reserve cut back a bond-buying program, which had depressed the rates to unheard-of lows in 2013. So much for the experts. The...
  • Durbin pushes refinancing plan for student loans

    Durbin pushes refinancing plan for student loans
    U.S. Senator Richard Durbin will appear at Loyola University this morning to tout a proposal to allow people with student loans to refinance them to a lower rate. Congress passed a law last year tying student loan rates to the financial markets and...
  • Are you in danger of 'surprise' default on a student loan?

    Student loans are thought of as a young person's problem. In fact, they can be an intergenerational headache. By the time you have paid off your own loans for college or graduate school, you may be faced with the cost of your children's educations. Or you...
  • Home loans hit 14-year low as rates rise

    Home loans hit 14-year low as rates rise
    The mortgage industry's output of new loans is at the lowest point in 14 years, according to estimates from a trade publication.  Inside Mortgage Finance said Thursday that even in the depths of the financial crisis, mortgage lenders were busier than...
  • Mortgages may be easier to get than potential home buyers believe

    Mortgages may be easier to get than potential home buyers believe
    WASHINGTON — Are you on the home-buying sidelines this spring because you think you won't be able to qualify for a mortgage? Do you know what sort of FICO credit scores are being accepted by lenders at the moment — they're lower than they were...
  • Repay loans or invest in the market? What to do with a tax refund

    Dear Liz: I got a big tax refund this year and am trying to figure out what to do with the money. Right now I have school loans with a 4% interest rate that I do not need to make a payment on until 2024 with my current payment plan, but the amount I owe...
  • Mortgage lending slows to a 14-year low

    Mortgage lending slows to a 14-year low
    Fewer home sales and rising interest rates have led to the nation's lowest level of mortgage lending in 14 years. Just $235 billion in home loans were started in the first three months of the year, the lowest figure recorded in a quarter since 2000,...