Obama’s Investigative Unit: Absolving Iniquities or Slowing Progress?

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has reportedly been designated a co-chair of President Obama’s newly announced investigative team to probe the mortgage industry for past misconduct. In his State of the Union address this week, Obama announced the creation of “a special unit of federal prosecutors and leading state attorneys general” to examine the …

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Three mortgage mistakes to avoid

The mortgage market is in a state of tumult these days. Rates are bizarrely low, but many homes are worth much less than the mortgage balances they secure. People are still losing their homes left and right, but millions of mortgage applications of creditworthy borrowers are being rejected every year. Against this backdrop, it’s really …

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Help With a Down Payment

With most lenders requiring borrowers to put down at least 20 percent as a down payment – unless using an FHA or VA loan, or purchasing mortgage insurance – the best holiday gift some people might receive would be help with a down payment on a house. Making sense of the story According to a …

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Congress votes to restore FHA loan limits

House and Senate leaders signed off on a conference report for a “minibus” appropriations bill that included language restoring FHA’s ability to insure loans of up to $729,750 in high cost markets through 2013. Because the minibus appropriations package also contains a continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown and continue federal operations until Dec. …

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