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Rule Would Protect Banks Against Mortgage Borrower Suits

Rule Would Protect Banks Against Mortgage Borrower Suits

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A regulatory change under consideration by bureaucrats in Washington would give banks new legal protections against being sued by borrowers.  Mortgage customers, for example — those deemed most able to repay…

Mortgage Rates Hit Record Low for Second Week

Mortgage Rates Hit Record Low for Second Week

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Mortgage rates reached an all-time low for the second consecutive week amid the Federal Reserve’s purchase of securities and “indicators of a weakening economy,” government-sponsored Freddie Mac …

LIBOR Proposals Unlikely to Affect US Borrowers Soon

LIBOR Proposals Unlikely to Affect US Borrowers Soon

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A proposal to revamp the London Interbank Offered Rate, or LIBOR, could restore some confidence in the global interest rate that is widely used for bond yields and mortgage rates in the U.S., analysts say.The Brit…

LIBOR Proposals Unlikely to Affect US Borrowers Soon

LIBOR Proposals Unlikely to Affect US Borrowers Soon

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A proposal to revamp the London Interbank Offered Rate, or LIBOR, could restore some confidence in the global interest rate that is widely used for bond yields and mortgage rates in the U.S., analysts say.The Brit…

Five Tips for Homeowners Considering Solar Energy Systems

Five Tips for Homeowners Considering Solar Energy Systems

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Don’t be fooled by high-profile solar U.S. companies going out of business. Solar system installations are booming and can still help you save on your heating or cooling costs.The U.S. solar industry had its second-b…

Homeowner Billed for Neighborhood Streetlights for 25 Years

Homeowner Billed for Neighborhood Streetlights for 25 Years

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(HARTFORD, Conn.) — A Connecticut woman received a five figure check from Connecticut Light & Power after being incorrectly billed for two neighborhood streetlights for 25 years.“CL&P said it was always on the bill …

Delinquent Mortgage Payments Down to Three-Year Low

Delinquent Mortgage Payments Down to Three-Year Low

Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — More American homeowners are staying on top of their mortgage payments, according to a new report from TransUnion.The credit reporting firms says just over one in 20 homeowners — 5.49 percent — were at leas…

Tax Lien Sales: The ‘Other’ Foreclosure Problem Plaguing Homeowners

Tax Lien Sales: The ‘Other’ Foreclosure Problem Plaguing Homeowners

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Homeowners with an outstanding water bill or high property taxes are increasingly discovering why some are more than eager to sell their home to property-hungry investors.Called the “other” foreclosure crisis, proper…

Housing Revival: Fewer Homes Underwater

Housing Revival: Fewer Homes Underwater

Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — For the first time since the deep slump began more than five years ago, a new report from the business information and analytics firm Core Logic says fewer Americans have negative equity in their homes.In the first three…

Mortgage Rates Plummet to New Records

Mortgage Rates Plummet to New Records

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — If you can get a new mortgage or refinance an existing one, interest rates have fallen to incredible new lows.For the first time ever, interest on a 15-year loan has dropped below 3 percent, according to data from…

Obama Heads to Nevada to Claim Progress on Housing

Obama Heads to Nevada to Claim Progress on Housing

Creatas/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) – President Obama on Friday will visit a Reno, Nev., neighborhood hit hard by the housing crisis to hail a success story in his efforts to turn things around. Six months ago, from the porch of a Las Vegas home 400 …

From Georgia to Nevada, 12 Towns for Sale

From Georgia to Nevada, 12 Towns for Sale

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — American homeownership levels are at a 15-year low as many people are renting instead of buying. But perhaps the opportunity to own your town could stir some potential homeowners out of their caves. On sale for $2.5 …

US Home Ownership Falls to 15-Year Low

US Home Ownership Falls to 15-Year Low

Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The number of American households that own their home is down to a level last seen in early 1997. The Census Bureau said Monday that the homeownership rate fell to 65.4 percent at the end of March, down fro…

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