| Jan 10, 2014
| 2:54 PM
Few of the nontraditional home loans that triggered the financial crisis are still available, and lenders will have even more reason to avoid them now that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s definition of presumably safe and sound...
| Jan 18, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Most of the risky mortgages that triggered the financial crisis have disappeared from the marketplace, and lenders will have even more reason to avoid them because of a new federal crackdown on loose lending.
But one housing-bubble favorite —...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 10:30 AM
Big changes are sweeping through the mortgage market this year. The new rules, created by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) as mandated under the Dodd-Frank Act, ban some of the lending practices that contributed to the housing boom and...
| Jan 12, 2014
| 5:00 AM
I am an unintended consequence.
I have loads of money. I own four properties free and clear. I have no debt. My credit file is impeccable. I have a credit score of 760.
And I was just turned down for a mortgage.
Not just any mortgage, but a cash-out...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 11:19 AM
Ally Financial Inc., a former General Motors Corp. lending arm that taxpayers bailed out during the financial crisis, will pay $98 million to settle federal government allegations that car dealers overcharged blacks, Latinos and Asians for Ally’s...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 5:38 PM
New regulations governing home loans take effect Jan. 10, but it's likely to take a few months to see how much they really alter a prospective borrower's ability to get a mortgage.
Combined with other tweaks made in the past few months, the changes...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 8:54 AM
Three American Express Co. subsidiaries have agreed to pay about $75 million in restitution and penalties for a variety of illegal practices involving hundreds of thousands of credit-card customers, regulators said Tuesday.
American Express Travel...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 3:15 PM
Federal regulators are taking a closer look at those restrictive contract provisions that force consumers to arbitrate disputes — barring them from suing a company individually or joining a class-action lawsuit.
And it doesn't look as if officials...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 2:30 AM
The end of the year is a time to review the year that just was. If, like me, you write about the financial services industry, this means you tend to find yourself drinking heavily and/or upping your blood-pressure medication as you total the year's supply...
| Dec 31, 2013
The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau recently brought its first lawsuit against an online lender, accusing CashCall of collecting payments that borrowers didn't owe. The suit sets up a fight over the new bureau's jurisdiction, but it's one the bureau...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 8:04 AM
Mortgage rates leveled off in familiar territory this week, home finance giant Freddie Mac said, with lenders offering 30-year fixed loans to solid buyers at an average of 4.51%, down from 4.53% last week.
Fifteen-year fixed mortgages, popular with...