Five things to know when making extra loan payments

This is a good time to pay down your mortgage: One of the vexing features of the post-crisis financial system is the dearth of riskless investments paying a decent return. The rates on federal government securities and insured certificates of deposit (CDs) are not much greater than zero. Yet every homeowner with a mortgage has …

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Distressed B. of A. homeowners in Calif. now have chance of principal reduction

Distressed Bank of America homeowners in California now have chance of principal reduction Bank of America has joined the Keep Your Home California principal-reduction program, making it the largest loan servicer involved in lowering loan balances for those with economic hardships. Making sense of the story Keep Your Home California is a program offered through …

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Servicers Expand to Assist Distressed Homeowners

With delinquent mortgages at unprecedented levels, sheer market conditions command a staff the size of a small army dedicated to working with distressed borrowers. Servicers have added thousands to their loss mitigation teams over the past few years and most are still recruiting. Wells Fargo has hired and trained 10,000 additional people to work with …

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Foreclosure Sales Decline

Foreclosure sales declined for the second straight month, while foreclosure starts increased, according to HOPE NOW’s monthly mortgage industry data for May 2011. Foreclosure sales nationwide decreased 7 percent from 73,000 in April to 68,000 in the month of May, according to HOPE NOW’s data. Foreclosure starts increased 8 percent from 163,000 in April to …

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