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Who thought 30-year mortgages were a good thing?

by Adriene Hill Nov 25, 2013
Lending money for 30 years at a fixed interest rate isn't attractive to banks. So how did 30-year fixed-rate mortgages come to be the standard?

What did $13 billion just buy J.P. Morgan?

by Mark Garrison Nov 19, 2013
Most banks with legal exposure to the financial crisis are dealing with the lawsuits one-by-one. Not J.P. Morgan Chase.
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Bank of America and Countrywide's "Hustle"

by Kai Ryssdal Oct 23, 2013
A jury in Manahattan found Bank of America guilty of a single count of civil fraud related to defective mortgages sold by Countrywide Financial.

Housing is back, so why the mortgage layoffs?

by David Weinberg Sep 24, 2013
The S&P Case Shiller home price index indicates that housing prices continue to recover.

Mortgage refinance slowdown leads to bank layoffs

by Mark Garrison Sep 10, 2013
Bank employees face layoffs as the latest refinancing era comes to an end.

What will mortgages look like after Fannie and Freddie?

by Lizzie O'Leary Aug 23, 2013
The government is trying to wind down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which could really change the mortgage picture out there. What can we expect to see if the government-backed companies go private or have a diminished role?

Housing revives, and so do home improvement chains

by Mitchell Hartman Mar 7, 2013
As home prices rise, more owners are preparing housing for sale -- and construction companies and building supply chains are hiring again.

Invest in Marketplace today

Ask not what Marketplace can do for you, but what you can do for Marketplace.

Housing construction hits four year high

by Jeff Horwich Oct 17, 2012
New construction on apartments and single family houses reached its highest point in September in more than four years. New mortgage applications for home purchases were also up last week.
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Making progress on household debt

by Chris Farrell Jun 25, 2012
The good news: Households are reducing debts. The bad news: There remains a considerable way to go.

Do you qualify for help from the foreclosure settlement?

by Adriene Hill Feb 10, 2012
The details of the settlement between the states and the banks are still being hashed out. But, if you want to know if you might qualify, we’ve got some information to get you started.