| May 1, 2014
| 2:30 AM
By Ilyce Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin
Q: My husband and I purchased a condo in Atlanta in 2006 with an 80/20 loan, the 20 percent being a home equity loan.
The 80 percent primary loan is a Fannie Mae loan with a five-year initial period that is fixed-rate...
| May 5, 2014
| 8:30 AM
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...
| Apr 27, 2014
| 5:00 AM
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...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 8:32 AM
After going through the grueling process of applying for college, writing essays, keeping high school grades up and trying to boost ACT and SAT scores, high school seniors and their parents have a few more tortured days ahead.
May 1 typically is when...
| May 6, 2014
It hasn't been easy, but Jennifer Martens' struggles with Ocwen Loan Servicing appear to be nearing an end.
Martens, featured in the April 8 column, had her mortgage switched from IndyMac to Ocwen in November — and promptly saw her account devolve...
| 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...
| 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...
| Apr 19, 2014
| 6:33 PM
Sarah Luna wants to buy a home in up-and-coming northeast Los Angeles before it's too late.
At 31, she has a master's degree and earns more than $70,000 as a court reporter and freelance editor. She daydreams about trading the Glendale apartment she...
| 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...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 11:32 AM
A new report released Tuesday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is warning borrowers of a catch that is pushing private student loans into default even if the loan is in good standing.
The federal consumer agency said that borrowers complain...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 11:29 AM
[Updated 1:45 p.m. PST Feb. 26: This post has been updated to include a response from ITT Educational Services and to reflect the closing stock price.]
In its first action against a company in the for-profit college industry, the federal Consumer...