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2008

March

10
  • Cuídate de los rescates de 'foreclosure'. Si alguna vez te sentiste tentado por un anuncio que decía: "Podemos salvar su casa. Garantizado"; o quizás: "Tenemos contactos especiales en varios bancos que pueden acelerar la aprobación de casos como el suyo"... ten…
09
  • A reverse mortgage mess?. With $4 trillion of home equity wrapped up in the houses of America's senior citizens, it's no coincidence that the market for reverse-mortgage loans is finally taking off. Reverse mortgages allow homeowners 62 and older…
  • Stimulus rebate is stimulus to complete taxes. You've heard it before, but this year the advice gains new import: Be sure to file. If you're hoping to get your rebate from the economic stimulus legislation, you must file a tax return this…
  • Use your 'foolish' refund wisely. For years I've been begging people not to use tax withholding as a forced savings tool. I understand the reasoning. Times are tight and people want some financial security, even if it means letting the…
  • Costly where it counts. Stuff is cheap. Really. Yes, a gallon of gasoline is far more expensive than it was last year, but adjusted for inflation it costs about what it did in 1981. In fact, lots of things,…
08
  • Veterans loans left out of stimulus plan. When Congress and the White House put together the $150 billion economic stimulus package, they raised the maximum mortgage limits in high-cost areas for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration. But lawmakers…
07
  • El momento para comprar. Si está considerando comprar una propiedad o refinanciar, este es el mejor momento. ¿La razón? Aunque las reducciones en la tasa de Reserva Federal no se ha reflejado aún en las tasas hipotecarias lo cierto…
06
  • Health insurers get poor marks from hospitals. The nation's biggest health insurers lately have taken to rating hospitals on quality and cost, saying the information can help patients make better choices. Now, hospitals are giving insurers a dose of their own medicine.…
  • Report: Minorities hit by foreclosures. Subprime lenders that went out of business with the industry's collapse targeted minority neighborhoods, leaving them to struggle disproportionately with foreclosures and crumbling home values, according to a new report. These companies' high-risk loans made…
  • Elevan límite de préstamos. El secretario del Departamento de Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano (HUD), Alfonso Jackson, anunció ayer que el límite máximo de préstamos hipotecarios que pueden ser respaldados por la Oficina Federal de Vivienda (FHA) será elevado a…
04
  • En la mira la tasación de casas. Las firmas hipotecarias Fannie Mae y Freddie Mac, las mayores en Estados Unidos, se comprometieron ayer a cooperar con la procuraduría de Nueva York para hacer más claro y transparente el proceso de tasación de…
03
  • Activists target big lender in foreclosure fight. CLEVELAND — Folks on Humphrey Hill Drive were still waking up on the icy Saturday morning the shark hunters came to town. They rounded the suburban traffic circle in a pair of rented school buses…
  • Número sin precedentes de casas vacías. Cuando Quinn Cuthbertson da una mirada a su vecindario de El Dorado Hills, California, ve filas de hogares vacíos y colinas yermas. La escuela y el centro comunitario prometidos no se han materializado. Cuthbertson pagó…
02
  • Inside the mind of a debtor nation. As the director of a financial ministry at my church, I get an up-close and personal look at the spending habits of a lot of people. And year after year, I am stunned by the…
  • Simple ways to build up your savings. re you saving enough? There's about a 50% chance that the answer is no, according to a recent survey. This lack of savings has left a substantial number of Americans in economic peril, either because…
  • Reverse mortgages requires sound advice. Foreclosures are up, and it looks like they won't be coming down anytime soon. Troubled homeowners have a few options to stave off foreclosure, and Congress is looking at creating others. But older homeowners, age…
01
  • Second mortgage lenders create roadblock to refinancing. Everybody wants to help keep people in their houses and out of financial stress and foreclosure, right? That's what the Bush administration says, and that's what top executives of major banks, mortgage companies and Wall…

February

26
  • Aid on home loans sought. Over the opposition of the nation's lenders, Senate Democrats are seeking a change in the bankruptcy law that they say could keep hundreds of thousands of hard-pressed borrowers in their homes. The proposal, part of…
  • Housing prices fall, foreclosures rise 57%. Prices of existing single-family homes slumped 8.9% in the fourth quarter from a year earlier, the largest decline in the 20-year history of a national home price index released Tuesday. The Standard & Poor's/Case Shiller…
24
  • Wrong questions about the mortgage market. Daniel H. Mudd, chief executive of Fannie Mae, knows the feeling a physician gets when she attends a party and a guest wants a diagnosis for a rash or some other unexplained ailment. In Mudd's…
 

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