More mortgage relief from the White House – but congressional ‘ok’ doubtful

An summary update (by CAR.org) on the mortgage relief plan by the federal government, covering an article by The Mercury News: In his State of the Union Address, President Obama laid out a plan to help responsible borrowers and support a housing market recovery. Details of that plan were released yesterday. However, funding for the …

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Mortgage debt relief act to expire at the end of 2012

You may owe federal income taxes in 2013 if you have a short sale, foreclosure Now is the time to make the hard decision: Are you going to walk away from your underwater home? Uncle Sam is still giving homeowners until Dec. 31 to go through a short sale or foreclosure without tax consequences — …

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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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Study Finds Fewer Borrowers Sinking in Negative Equity

The depreciation of home values over the past half-decade has left millions of mortgage borrowers owing more than their home is worth – 10.7 million, according to CoreLogic. The company released its third-quarter update on negative equity within the U.S. housing market Tuesday. It shows that 22.1 percent of all residential properties with a mortgage …

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