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  • US consumer borrowing rises by $14.1 billion in November despite drop in credit card borrowing

    U.S. consumers increased their borrowing in November, as stronger demand for auto and student loans offset a drop in credit card debt. The Federal Reserve said Thursday that consumer borrowing rose by $14.1 billion following a $16 billion increase in...
  • Ask a Real Estate Pro: Mortgage relief act extended -- but only for 2014

    Ask a Real Estate Pro: Mortgage relief act extended -- but only for 2014
    Board-certified real estate lawyer Gary M. Singer writes about the housing market at SunSentinel.com/business/realestate each Friday. To ask him a question, visit SunSentinel.com/askpro Q: We sold our home through a short sale last year and are...
  • Find your credit information

    Your credit score and credit history are key requirements in borrowing to buy a house. Credit bureaus use varying scales to rate credit worthiness. Because of this, consumers are sometimes misled by scores higher than their FICO number, which is the one...
  • Buying a house? Mortgage terms you need to know

    When you're thinking of buying a home, it's smart to educate yourself about mortgages right from the beginning, even before you start looking at houses in earnest. There's a lot to learn, and a few terms show up so often that it's important for anyone...
  • FHA mortgage insurance rate cut to take effect Jan. 26

    FHA mortgage insurance rate cut to take effect Jan. 26
    The Federal Housing Administration on Friday spelled out details of its plan to lower mortgage insurance premiums, a day after President Barack Obama unveiled the effort to jump-start first-time home purchases. For 30-year mortgages with less than a 5...
  • Homeowners tapping equity as prices rise

    Homeowners tapping equity as prices rise
    Home equity lines of credit dried up during the housing collapse, but the emergency cash is making a comeback. Higher home values have restored hope to thousands of South Floridians, particularly those who owed more than their properties were worth....
  • Bank of America settles with company accused of selling defective mortgages

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. Bank of America has agreed to a settlement from a company that the Charlotte-based lender accused of selling it defective mortgage loans. Utah-based SecurityNational Mortgage Co. did not disclose the amount the bank has been paid under...
  • The Mortgage Professor: Does is matter which day of the month your mortgage closes?

    Does is matter which day of the month your mortgage closes? In general, on a purchase transaction it doesn't, but it may on a refinance. On a purchase transaction, you should select the closing date as close as possible to your moving date, regardless...
  • Can homeowner recover attorney fees in successful lawsuit?

    Can homeowner recover attorney fees in successful lawsuit?
    Q: I am considering filing a lawsuit against the person who sold me my house. There are many problems, and the estimate to repair it is over $60,000. My concern, however, is that I do not want to spend a lot of money on legal fees unless I know that I...
  • Mortgage rates edge up, but still at 19-month low

    Mortgage rates edge up, but still at 19-month low
    Average U.S. mortgage rates rose slightly this week, but the benchmark 30-year rate stayed near a 19-month low. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac says the nationwide average for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage increased to 3.87 percent this week, up from 3.83...
  • Review: 'The Working Man's Reward' by Elaine Lewinnek

    Review: 'The Working Man's Reward' by Elaine Lewinnek
    Define "suburb." More specifically, define "Chicago suburb." The task is harder than it at first seems. Affluent residential communities from which the elite commute to the Loop? Sure, but what about Cicero or Blue Island? OK: Smaller towns outside...