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Federal officials have extended a regulatory waiver that makes it easier to "flip" properties — a move meant to encourage the renovation of foreclosed homes but that critics say could herald the return of predatory schemes. The Federal Housing...
Imagine that a federal agency wanted to hurt America's working-class families on purpose. How would it inflict maximum damage? It might start by aggressively marketing homeownership to marginal borrowers. It would tell them that bad credit scores aren't...
When a real estate deal is in the offing, it's typical for the buyer to pay for an inspection. It's a good way to avoid buying a pig in a poke – to make sure that potentially serious flaws in the house don't escape notice. But there are reasons...
WASHINGTON -- A top Obama administration official said Thursday that he could not guarantee that efforts to shore up a key government housing agency won't save it from needing a taxpayer bailout next year. But Housing and Urban Development Secretary...
Year after year, community associations deal with an assortment of issues and challenges. Some are perennial, like what to do about owners who don't pick up after their dogs. Others rarely appear on the agenda, like keeping everyone safe during the...
Tags: Mortgages, Chicago Mortgages, NATO
The Hartford CourantThe successful scam letter looks authentic. But what happens when an authentic offer looks like a scam? Shirley Stewart of South Windsor recently received a multi-color form letter — the old style, U.S. Postal Service type — inviting her...
Q: In your column a reader said they were refinancing with no fees. Do you know what company is offering that deal? I owe about $31,000 and am at 7.125 percent with 13 years left on the mortgage. Refinance fees I have found are high. Would paying...
Q: I put my estate in a trust. I would like to make sure that I understand everything correctly. I am leaving my house in the trust to my son. I was told that when I die the trust prevents probate. I want to make sure that when I go my son will just...
Matthew Gordon Lasner is the official biographer of the condominium. (Well, as official as these things get, anyway.) Several years ago, the assistant professor of urban affairs and planning at Hunter College in New York became curious about how condo...
Travis Poole understands school issues To the editor: Of all the elections coming up next week, none is more important that the choices we make for the four open positions on the Washington County Board of Education. I have known and worked with Travis...
Steve Carter argued Oct. 11 that low-income housing in Columbia makes little sense ("Low-income housing does not belong in high-cost Columbia," letter). Perhaps Mr. Carter does not realize that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is...
Tags: James Rouse, Personal Income, Poverty, Rentals
Vincent Quayle knows the corrosive effect of foreclosures well, sitting as he does at the helm of a nonprofit group that helps homeowners in trouble. But he says the current foreclosure crisis is nothing compared to the damage wrought by the...
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