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The Hartford CourantThe successful scam letter looks authentic. But what happens when an authentic offer looks like a scam? Shirley Stewart of South Windsor recently received a multi-color form letter — the old style, U.S. Postal Service type — inviting her...
Blog Sponsored by Taylor & Carls, P.A. On September 13, 2012, in response to current market conditions, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) issued Mortgagee Letter 2012-18 wherein it established temporary guideline...
Re "Lenders get off too easy in deal," Column, Jan. 8 Having dealt with the problems David Lazarus describes as an attorney representing borrowers, I agree wholeheartedly with him. There is no amount of money that can reimburse people who are getting...
Sun SentinelA Federal Housing Administration mortgage is a favorite of many homebuyers because of the low down payment required. But Stephen B. McWilliam, president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors, says buyers may actually save money with a conventional...
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Real Estate MattersIn the nearly 20 years that we've been writing this column, we've offered New Year's resolutions for home buyers and sellers, plus New Year's financial resolutions that everyone can use to start their year off right. This is the first year since 2007...
Tags: Federal Reserve, Realty, Chicago Mortgages, Loans, Freddie Mac
Imagine that a federal agency wanted to hurt America's working-class families on purpose. How would it inflict maximum damage? It might start by aggressively marketing homeownership to marginal borrowers. It would tell them that bad credit scores aren't...
Matthew Gordon Lasner is the official biographer of the condominium. (Well, as official as these things get, anyway.) Several years ago, the assistant professor of urban affairs and planning at Hunter College in New York became curious about how condo...
Federal officials have extended a regulatory waiver that makes it easier to "flip" properties — a move meant to encourage the renovation of foreclosed homes but that critics say could herald the return of predatory schemes. The Federal Housing...
When a real estate deal is in the offing, it's typical for the buyer to pay for an inspection. It's a good way to avoid buying a pig in a poke – to make sure that potentially serious flaws in the house don't escape notice. But there are reasons...
L.A. NOWLos Angeles County district attorney candidate Jackie Lacey’s campaign was quick to blast her opponent, Alan Jackson, for having taken campaign contributions from a convicted felon who served prison time for his role in a multimillion-dollar...
Florida led the country in its share of force-placed insurance premiums the past three years, including 35 percent, or $1.2 billion, in 2011 — more than three times the amount sold in the next-largest state, California. That's according to sworn...
Jan 14, 2013 |Column| Hartford Courant
Jan 10, 2013 |Story| Orlando Sentinel
Dec 30, 2012 |Story| Los Angeles Times
Jan 11, 2013 |Story| Los Angeles Times
Jan 7, 2013 |Story| South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Jan 4, 2013 |Column| Tribune Media Services
Dec 27, 2012 |Story| Los Angeles Times
Dec 21, 2012 |Column| Chicago Tribune
Dec 31, 2012 |Story| Baltimore Sun
Dec 30, 2012 |Story| Allentown Morning Call
Oct 26, 2012 | Los Angeles Times
Jul 8, 2012 |Story| South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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