| May 5, 2014
| 1:37 PM
With the Arctic chill of the polar vortex back where it belongs and mortgage rates still near historic lows, the spring home-buying season has finally arrived.
True or false:
>> In the post-financial crisis, I can't get a mortgage with a credit...
| May 26, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Neophyte restaurateurs Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark ran through calculations on their Excel spreadsheet, something they've done plenty in the last year. They knew early on that the margin of error at their new Avondale restaurant, Parachute, was thin....
| Apr 25, 2014
| 6:10 AM
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...
| 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 3, 2014
| 10:30 AM
When it comes to building a college nest egg, the investment plans known as 529s are at the top of many parents' lists. The accounts are easy to open, the investment options are plentiful and the tax benefits are meaningful.
But in the marketing fine...
| 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
| 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...
| 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...
| Apr 27, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Here's a riddle for all you trigonometry fans: What do you call it when a student asks dad or grandma to help them take out a college loan to study advanced math?
Getting someone to co-sign so you can study cosines.
Trust me: Somewhere, a university...
| Apr 27, 2014
| 5:00 AM
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...
| Apr 29, 2014
Culinary tour: In the April 20 Travel section, an article on a culinary tour of the Big Island of Hawaii identified the ice cream brand sold at Discovery Antiques as Lappert's Hawaii. It is Tropical Dreams, and the flavors are mango, macadamia nut,...