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  • The Mortgage Professor: The CFPB is now a consumer complaint clearinghouse: Will that help consumers?

    Markets for financial services often don't work well for consumers. The trial and error technique that consumers rely on in navigating many markets, such as food and clothing markets, does not work well when transactions are large and infrequent....
  • Expect equity loan rate to be higher than typical mortgage rate

    Expect equity loan rate to be higher than typical mortgage rate
    By Ilyce Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin Q: We are researching home equity loan options and would like your opinion as to an acceptable interest rate. Obviously, the lower the interest rate, the better. The last rate we received (our credit scores are 735 and...
  • Discuss options with lender to avoid foreclosure

    Discuss options with lender to avoid foreclosure
    Q: I have a home worth $850,000. My first mortgage is $650,000, and my second mortgage is about $160,000. The home was once worth $1.2 million. Unfortunately, I am unable to refinance because the appraised value is not there. I tried to do a home...
  • Alleged mortgage relief scammer nabbed at wedding

    Alleged mortgage relief scammer nabbed at wedding
    The man allegedly at the center of a sophisticated mortgage rescue scam that duped more than 50 suburban homeowners last year is on his way back to Chicago, following his arrest in Nashville, Tenn., last month. Acting on a tip, postal inspectors and...
  • Ruling good for community associations: My Word

    With a recent ruling by Florida's Fifth District Court of Appeal, community associations scored a victory that will provide them with financial relief during the fragile real-estate recovery. It marks a turning point in community associations' ongoing...
  • SEC hits conflict of interest at ratings agencies

    WASHINGTON Moving to address one of the principal causes of the 2008 financial crisis, the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday in a split decision passed new rules designed to limit conflicts of interest in credit-rating agencies. The rules,...
  • Two thirds haven't filed claims to Ocwen mortgage settlement

    Two thirds haven't filed claims to Ocwen mortgage settlement
    Only about a third of eligible Florida homeowners has filed claims in a $2.1 billion mortgage settlement case, with the deadline approaching Sept. 15, the Florida Office of Financial Regulation said Wednesday. A total of 31,036 Floridians qualified...
  • Auto sales surge, but buyers may have loans longer than the cars

    WASHINGTON U.S. automobile sales are sizzling in part because Americans increasingly are taking out longer and longer loans to purchase used and new vehicles. That U.S. consumers are unleashing pent-up demand after holding off on buying new cars is...
  • Homeowners frustrated by delays, glitches in state's Hardest Hit program

    Homeowners frustrated by delays, glitches in state's Hardest Hit program
    During Christmas week last year, retired minister Robert Cook and his wife, Karen, rejoiced when they learned they had qualified for a government-sponsored mortgage reduction that would help them keep their home. More than eight months later, they still...
  • READER SUBMITTED: Liberty Bank Donates $40,300 To Aid Homeless People

    During the months of April and May, applying for a mortgage at Liberty Bank offered more than a great rate and superior service for home buyers: it also helps homeless people throughout the area served by the bank. Liberty's Giving Circle program sets...
  • Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates hold at year's low; 30-year average at 4.1%

    Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates hold at year's low; 30-year average at 4.1%
    No news remains good news on the mortgage front, where Freddie Mac said the average rate for a 30-year fixed home loan has settled in at 4.1%, its low point for the year. Lenders were offering 15-year fixed loans at an average of 3.24% this week, down...