New short-sale program offers relief for underwater homeowners

One of the federal government’s most-important financial relief efforts for underwater homeowners started operating Nov. 1.  Traditionally short sales, where the lender agrees to accept less than the full amount owed and the house is sold to a new purchaser at a discounted price, are associated with extended periods of delinquency by the original owner. …

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Refinance or modify while it’s still possible

Interest rates have been very low for several years, and right now they are lower than ever, yet millions of mortgage borrowers who could profit from a refinance haven’t. Similarly, millions of borrowers who are having trouble making their mortgage payments but want to remain in their homes could have their mortgages modified to make …

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