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  • The rich are different -- they still get interest-only mortgages

    The rich are different -- they still get interest-only mortgages
    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...
  • Baltimore-area home sales up 14 percent in 2013

    Baltimore-area home sales up 14 percent in 2013
    The Baltimore region had its best year for home sales since the start of the recession, as the local housing market continued its slow recovery in 2013. About 27,750 units closed in 2013, up roughly 14 percent from 2012, according to data provided by...
  • Leveling the legal playing field: Limit forced arbitration

     Leveling the legal playing field: Limit forced arbitration
    Imagine the Dodgers have just won the pennant and are going to play the Yankees in the World Series. But the rules have changed: All games will be played in Yankee Stadium. And there are new umpires, hired and paid by the Yankees. With rules like that,...
  • Spending deal reduces budget requests for Wall Street watchdogs

    Spending deal reduces budget requests for Wall Street watchdogs
    WASHINGTON -- The $1-trillion federal spending bill unveiled by congressional negotiators significantly reduces White House requests for funding of two key Wall Street watchdogs. The Securities and Exchange Commission would get $1.35 billion for the...
  • The foolproof way to achieve deregulation: Cut the budget

    The foolproof way to achieve deregulation: Cut the budget
    When all else fails, defund. This technique is spectacularly on display in the $1.1-trillion federal spending bill unveiled by House and Senate negotiators Monday and scheduled for debate this week. The measure provides $215 million in funding for the...
  • CFPB's new 'qualified mortgage' rule now in effect

    By Ilyce Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin This week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) new qualified mortgage (also known as the ability-to-repay) rule went into effect. The new rule is about helping borrowers understand the true costs of...
  • New federal rule gives home buyers better access to appraisals

    WASHINGTON — A new federal rule could give millions of home buyers insights they've never had before about a crucial element of their mortgage application: the appraisal, including the electronic cross-checks and reviews now used by lenders to...
  • Banks embracing a housing-bubble favorite: interest-only loans

    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 —...
  • Consumer agency warns of student loan defaults if co-signer dies

    Consumer agency warns of student loan defaults if co-signer dies
    A new report released Tuesday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is warning borrowers of a catch that is pushing private student loans into default even if the loan is in good standing.   The federal consumer agency said that borrowers complain...
  • For consumers, more ways to complain

    For consumers, more ways to complain
    When the company Maggie Argent hired to make her mother's headstone didn't do the work, she turned to the forum that gives aggrieved customers an outlet — in the court of public opinion, if nothing else: the Internet. Argent's online complaint...
  • Mortgage servicer to pay $268 million to Californians

    Mortgage servicer to pay $268 million to Californians
    California victims of alleged foreclosure abuses will get $268 million in relief from a $2.1-billion national settlement with Ocwen Financial Corp., the nation's largest non-bank provider of mortgage customer service. Ocwen broke state law by improperly...