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The housing crisis: Looking at the big picture

Oct 8, 2010
The housing crisis just hit another obstacle with the halt of foreclosures in nearly of the nation. Tess Vigeland talks to Nic Retsinas, director of Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies, about details of what's happened in the housing economy…
A foreclosure sign hangs in front of a home for sale.
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Troubled homeowners head to convention for help

Oct 8, 2010
Although some banks have just announced they're temporarily halting foreclosures, many homeowners are still in trouble and in need of answers. A non-profit group in L.A. tries to help.

In Memphis, rift between Wall Street and Main Street widens

Jul 22, 2010
Marketplace's Wall Street reporter Jeremy Hobson escaped Manhattan this week for a series on how the rest of the country is dealing with the recession. He joins us from Memphis, Tenn., to talk about how joblessness and foreclosures are affecting…

Investigation explores whether banks misled Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

Jul 13, 2010
The agency that regulates Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has sent subpoenas to banks that issued mortgage-backed securities in an investigation that could end up costing the banks billions.

Why the rise in 'strategic' defaults?

Apr 30, 2010
A new study finds a spike in the number of so-called "strategic" defaults. That's when someone can afford payments, but abandons a home because it's worth less than the mortgage. Jeff Tyler reports.

Homebuyer tax credit impact on market

Apr 30, 2010
Nicolas Retsinas, director of Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies, talks to Steve Chiotakis about what the government's homebuyer's tax credit has done for the housing market.