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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Industry’s Shadow Inventory of Distressed Homes Shrinks

Housing has become an industry afraid of its shadows. That shadow inventory of repossessed and soon-to-be repossessed homes has professionals from every side of the business worried about the impact such a sizeable volume of distress will have on property values and overall market fundamentals. But according to Standard & Poor’s (S&P), the obscurity hiding …

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Refi before sale can backfire

Homeowners who anticipate that they will be selling their house within a few years want to net as much from the sale as possible. The usage of the verb “net” indicates that what matters is not how much they receive for the house but how much they have left after repaying the mortgage. Real estate …

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