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As foreclosure settlement checks go out, some 'laugh out loud'

Apr 12, 2013
Starting today, checks are on the way to victims of wrongful foreclosures as part of a $3.6 billion settlement between banks and federal regulators. But for most of those borrowers, it won’t exactly be Christmas in April.
Posted In: housing crisis, foreclosure, mortgage
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Surprise! Your home may no longer be underwater

Mar 19, 2013
More homeowners are going from underwater to above water on their mortgages, and that could mean some really good news for the economy.
Posted In: Housing, underwater mortgage, mortgage
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Fannie and Freddie to launch joint securities venture

Mar 5, 2013
The regulator overseeing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has announced an idea to reform the mortgage giants. It involves starting a joint venture to bundle mortgages into securities that people can invest in.
Posted In: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, mortgage-backed securities, mortgage
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America Underwater: The mortgage crisis in data

Feb 8, 2013
This week, Marketplace Money and The New York Times team up to tell the story of home ownership in America three years after the housing bubble. View our interactive map and listen to our special podcast.
Posted In: Housing, Marketplace Maps, mortgage, underwater mortgage
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Advice on applying for a re-fi or loan modification

Feb 1, 2013
Straight talk from a banker on what makes an application for a re-fi or a loan modification stand out in the eyes of a bank.
Posted In: mortgage refinance, Mortgage modification, mortgage, Housing
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Fannie, Freddie to let some underwater homeowners walk away

Feb 1, 2013
Mortgage heavyweights Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have announced a bailout program for struggling homeowners who are current on their payments. If there's a pressing need to leave their property, they can just walk away.
Posted In: Housing, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, underwater, mortgage
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Phoenix homeowner explains why he didn't just walk away

Jan 28, 2013
A few years ago, 60 percent of Phoenix-area mortgages were underwater. Reporter Peter O'Dowd was one of those homeowners.
Posted In: Housing, Phoenix, mortgage, underwater, underwater mortgage
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This week in personal finance

Jan 11, 2013
We're talking about some of this week's biggest news stories: consumer debt, the new mortgage rules, and gun control.
Posted In: guns, CFPB, debt, mortgage
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Stricter mortgage rules could loosen lending

Jan 10, 2013
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is rolling out new rules for mortgage lending. Some bank analysts say that counter-intuitively the stricter rules could actually loosen mortgage lending.
Posted In: mortgage, CFPB
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From a nation of homeowners to a nation of renters

Jan 9, 2013
As 2013 kicks off, one of the biggest changes to the landscape of consumer finance is taking place in the housing market.
Posted In: housing market, rent, mortgage

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