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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Using rent payments to rebuild your credit

Using rent payments to rebuild your credit Q: How can I set up a lease-to-own on a three-unit property and have it count on my credit report? A: I’m delighted that you asked this question, for several reasons. There are many, many folks out there who are trying to recover their finances and their credit …

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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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Job Loss Could Put One in Three Out of Their Home

One in three Americans would be unable to make their mortgage or rent payment beyond one month if they lost their job, according to the results of a national survey taken in mid-September. Despite being more affluent, the poll found that even those with higher annual household incomes indicate they are not guaranteed to make …

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