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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Getting a mortgage after foreclosure

There are some additional hurdles for homeowners who have gone through a foreclosure, short sale or bankruptcy, but a little patience and some financial hard work will go a long way. Buying a home is a challenging goal for most hopeful homeowners. But for those who have experienced a bankruptcy, foreclosure or short sale, the …

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FDIC’s ‘Problem Bank List’ Shrinks for First Time Since 2006

Bad real estate loans from the heyday of the boom have weighed heavy on banks’ balance sheets, forcing 365 FDIC-insured institutions to close up shop over the last two-and-a-half years. The FDIC keeps a list of banks it considers to have a high-risk of failure. This so-called “Problem List” has declined for the first time …

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HUD’s Inventory of REOs More Than Double a Year Ago

HUD has released a report detailing recent business activity at the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). It shows that the federal agency’s inventory of REO homes has ballooned as sales from this portfolio fell sharply during the final months of 2010 and early part of this year. The number of repossessed single-family properties held at the …

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