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By STEVENSON JACOBS and ALAN ZIBEL AP Business Writers NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. banks got bailed out. So did automakers. So why not struggling homeowners? Read more»
By Jeannine Aversa AP Economics Writer New-home sales tumbled to a record-low annual pace in January and there's no relief in sight as mounting damage from the collapsed housing market pushes the country deeper into recession. The Commerce Department reported Thursday that sales fell 10.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 309,000, the worst showing on records going back to 1963. Read more»
Extreme Real Estate: 2 Homes for Under $50K
By: Staff
Each week MainStreet takes a look at what we call Extreme Real Estate. Extreme could mean comparing properties that can be had for less than $200,000 with similar spots that go for $2 million or more. Or we might present three houses in the U.S. for less than $40,000 (they do exist). Or a selection of castles in eastern Europe for under half a million. Read more»
NEW YORK (AP) — A widely watched index shows home prices tumbled by the sharpest annual rate on record in the fourth quarter and in December. Read more»
By Jim CramerI had to laugh when I saw that clip on CNN displaying, in cartoon panels, how the $1 trillion-plus “stimulus” plan winds its way from Washington, through various pork-laden projects, before making its way into the wallets of average Americans at a rate of $15 per paycheck. Read more»
By sbup StaffKnocking a couple of years' worth of interest off your mortgage by making prepayments can save you a lot of money in the long run. But if you’re planning to refinance your mortgage, consider skipping those prepayments and using that extra money to cover the refinance’s upfront closing costs. Read more»
Mortgage Rates Level Off This Week
By: Staff
By sbup Staff Capping a steady climb since mid-January, interest rates on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages (FRMs) shed 0.14 percentage points this week to an average of 5.33%, according to the Rate Index. The leveling out of rates likely comes as a relief to consumers delaying their mortgage applications in hopes of seeing a return to January's historically low rates of less than 5.0%. Read more»
Opinion: Paradigm Shift in Mortgages
By: Staff
by Charles Shapiro, Many analysts believe that President Obama's Housing Rescue Plan, although well conceived, may not go far enough. There is also an understandable concern about moral hazard implications of any rescue program. Read more»
By sbup Staff As more homeowners run into trouble making their monthly mortgage payments, help is on the way from Wall Street -- and 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue. Read more»
Who Gets Mortgage Help Under Obama's Plan?
By: Staff
by M. Gwertzman, sbupPresident Obama unveiled his $275 billion plan to provide mortgage relief to homeowners yesterday, but there are still many details to be announced. The full plan – called the Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan - will be released on March 4th, but until then, homeowners who think they might benefit should examine their own finances and situation to make sure they meet the eligibility guidelines. Read more»
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