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Pinball wizard

They’re known as “setups” or “pinball” homes, and this spring’s improving conditions in some markets could be stimulating more of them. A setup or pinball property is a home listed with an unrealistically high...

Pinball wizard
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Home buyers should request energy audits before signing on the dotted line

It may be the best-kept secret in home real estate: For a couple of hundred dollars, a potential buyer...

Home buyers should request energy audits before signing on the dotted line
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FHFA speeds short sale process

If you’re one of the estimated 11 million homeowners burdened with an underwater mortgage, a new federal policy change could be good news: Starting in June, when you want to do a short sale...

FHFA speeds short sale process
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Mortgage standards arguably tougher than ever

How do you stack up as a potential mortgage candidate in this year’s increasingly tough underwriting environment? Do you...

Mortgage standards arguably tougher than ever
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New FHA mortgage rule makes it even harder for buyers to secure a loan

A little-noticed mortgage rule change that took effect April 1 could create hassles for significant numbers of homebuyers who...

New FHA mortgage rule makes it even harder for buyers to secure a loan
Nationwide, more residential deals not getting done

Nationwide, more residential deals not getting done

What’s behind the unusually high rate of contract cancellations and settlement delays in the real estate market? With signs...

Nationwide, more residential deals not getting done
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Testing a tool to fight foreclosure: mortgage-to-lease

If you’re seriously underwater and headed to foreclosure, what would you say if the lender suddenly offered you the...

Testing a tool to fight foreclosure: mortgage-to-lease
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Check the fine print on housing refis

The Obama administration’s new plan to stimulate refinancings of Federal Housing Administration mortgages is likely to help large numbers of homeowners cut their monthly costs — even those who are deeply underwater. But it’s...

Check the fine print on housing refis
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Get ready for mortgage relief nightmare ahead

Given the huge public and private resources now being devoted to helping financially distressed homeowners — including the recently...

Get ready for mortgage relief nightmare ahead
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Fannie, Freddie tweaking forbearance policies

If you or someone you know has lost a job and are in danger of falling behind on mortgage...

Fannie, Freddie tweaking forbearance policies
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