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  • S&P settles with SEC, 2 states over misconduct charges

    The credit ratings agency Standard & Poor's agreed to pay the U.S. government and two states $77 million to settle investigations into mortgage-backed securities. In its first enforcement action against a major rating agency, the Securities and...
  • President Obama's State of the Union address

    President Obama's State of the Union address
    This is the full text, as prepared for delivery, of President Obama's sixth State of the Union address. Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans: We are fifteen years into this new century. Fifteen years that dawned...
  • Prospects for housing market looking brighter

    Prospects for housing market looking brighter
    First-time homebuyers and would-be buyers with scuffed credit histories may find more doors opening to them in the real estate market in the coming year, according to a leading mortgage-industry analyst. Keith Gumbinger is vice president of HSH...
  • Lenders criticize consumer agency's mortgage tool

    Lenders criticize consumer agency's mortgage tool
    An online, interactive mortgage tool for consumers sounds pretty simple and straightforward, but the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's recent development of one hasn't been particularly well-received by the lending community. In fact, David...
  • US homebuilder confidence, sales expectations slip in January; outlook still favorable overall

    U.S. homebuilders are feeling slightly less confident in their sales prospects ahead of the spring homebuying season, traditionally the peak period for home sales. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released...
  • Here's how Obama's capital gains tax plan hits the 1% where they live

    With President Obama placing tax reform on the table in his State of the Union address, scheduled for delivery to Congress on Tuesday, we can expect weeks or months of Washington debate about the vices and virtues of the tax breaks held dear by many...
  • FHA loan versus 'conventional' mortgage: Which is better?

    FHA loan versus 'conventional' mortgage: Which is better?
    If you saw the recent White House announcement of lower insurance payments on Federal Housing Administration home mortgages, you might have wondered: Does this matter to me as a potential home buyer or refinancer? Who specifically will benefit from the...
  • Martin Luther King Jr.'s Fair Housing legacy must be protected

    In 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a march through the streets of Chicago to protest the housing segregation which plagued that city and many others throughout the nation. Less than two years later, Dr. King was assassinated, but not before he...
  • Mortgage payments now larger than salaries for some Russians because of ruble's collapse

    When they took out a mortgage on a small two-room apartment seven years ago, Oksana Li and her husband hoped to make a new home for themselves and their young son. Now, like thousands of other Russians, they are seeing that dream unravel as they are...
  • Obama plan makes it easier for younger, first-time homebuyers

    WASHINGTON President Barack Obama moved Wednesday to make it cheaper for first-time and younger buyers to take out a mortgage. Obama lowered the mortgage-insurance premium for borrowers who have a down payment of just 3.5 percent of the home's purchase...
  • Obama to reduce FHA mortgage premium rate for first-time buyers; goal is to boost home buying

    First-time homebuyers whose home loans are guaranteed by the Federal Housing Administration would benefit from an Obama administration move to lower mortgage insurance premiums. Under the plan, the housing administration will reduce annual mortgage...