| 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 25, 2014
| 12:18 PM
A proposed draft of the 2014-15 Plainfield budget shows that revenues in the suburb are increasing.
At a committee-of-the-whole meeting on Monday, Traci Pleckham, director of management services, told trustees that revenues are projected to be near $47.2...
| Apr 2, 2014
| 10:52 AM
Five percent of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac-backed single-family mortgages in Illinois, or 68,000 loans, were delinquent at the end of 2013, a sizable decline from last year but still higher than the national average.
One-third of those past-due home...
| Mar 15, 2014
| 4:06 PM
Positioned in the breezeway between the Newport Beach City Council chambers and community room, just to the side of the main thoroughfare, a fabricated piece of metal lies fastened to the ground.
It's the only outdoor sculpture at the Civic Center,...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 7:43 PM
California victims of alleged foreclosure abuses will get $268 million in relief from a $2.1-billion national settlement with Ocwen Financial Corp., the nation's largest non-bank provider of mortgage customer service.
Ocwen broke state law by improperly...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 8:30 AM
Fixed mortgage rates fell early this week, with Freddie Mac reporting the average for 30-year loans dropped to 4.32% from 4.37% last week.
The McLean, Va., housing finance company said lenders were offering 15-year fixed home loans, a popular option for...
| Mar 27, 2014
Letters to the editor from Lake Forest, Libertyville and Highland Park.
This is concerning raising the minimum wage.
An employer looks at a new law and considers what he has to do to comply with it. A raise for his workers of about...
| Mar 23, 2014
For-profit colleges that wildly exaggerate their graduates' success and talk prospective attendees into taking on extraordinary debt are not only harming their students but costing taxpayers billions of dollars on wasted Pell grants and defaulted...
| Mar 24, 2014
| 5:00 AM
The overflow from China's economic high tide is transforming the housing markets of suburban Los Angeles.
Affluent Chinese home buyers are driving prices past boom-era peaks, spawning a subset of property brokers and mortgage lenders that cater to their...
| Mar 24, 2014
| 6:41 PM
The city-owned Hilton Baltimore spent nearly all of the $2.8 million it generated in hotel occupancy taxes — money the city gave it last year to help the struggling convention center hotel make its debt payments, officials said.
The hotel did...
| Mar 11, 2014
| 11:19 AM
The Geneva School District 304 School Board voted unanimously Monday night to abate $5.9 million to taxpayers in an effort to keep bills more consistent.
It's a move the district has used in recent years – it levies a set amount one year, then...