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Playlist: Low mortgage rates, ethical eating — it’s complicated

Christina Huh Sep 23, 2011

Posted by Christina Huh

For Marketplace Money, Friday, September 23, 2011

We take a look at whether the Fed’s Operation Twist will revive the economy in a significant way. Marketplace’s Chris Farrell says with already low mortgage rates going lower, this is the best time to a house. If you need to sell your house, we learn how to get a fair appraisal and prevent foreclosed homes from dragging down the value of your home.

We check back with an Irish couple we profiled a few months ago. A year later, they’re still paying the bills and the mortgage, but barely. We parse the different factors to consider when buying groceries; there’s a lot more to it than simply mileage and carbon footprints. Phil Reed of Edmund.com gives insight on why used cars have been so expensive lately. A member of the International Rescue Committee talks about the unique emergency card he keeps in his wallet. And David Lazarus of the Los Angeles Times and Tess Vigeland give financial advice to listeners. Here are the songs we played:

  • Wolves – DoshBuy
  • May-December – Mos DefBuy
  • Come Andy Play in the Milky NightBuy
  • No Cars Go – Arcade FireBuy

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