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  • Realtors to FHA: Your Mortgage Insurance Rates Drive Buyers Away 
    Housing Wire 02 Apr 2014
    National Association of Realtors President Steve Brown has reached out to the FHA, hoping to persuade the agency to lower its annual mortgage insurance premiums.
  • Senate Moving to Extend Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Act 
    American Banker 02 Apr 2014
    Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) on April 1 introduced a tax bill that would renew the Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Relief Act for two years. The provision, which expired Jan.
  • Va. Corporations Settle Title Loans Suit for $1.2 Million 
    Herald-Mail Online 02 Apr 2014
    In a $1.2 million settlement, Virginia title loan companies Fast Auto Loans Inc. and Virginia Auto Loans have agreed to pay West Virginia $450,000 over allegations that they abused and harassed ...
  • Some Americans Paid Off Credit Cards While Waiting for Foreclosure 
    Wall Street Journal 02 Apr 2014
    As the foreclosure crisis reached epidemic proportions around 2009, borrowers were able to remain in their homes for a longer period of time -- up to three years, for some -- while lenders plodded ...
  • Predators Target Homes of Older Americans 
    AARP 01 Apr 2014
    A growing number of home foreclosures are tied to delinquent taxes instead of delinquent mortgage payments, reports the National Consumer Law Center.
  • Cook County Sues Bank of America on Predatory Lending Charges 
    Chicago Real Estate Daily 01 Apr 2014
    After filing suit against HSBC units on March 24 for alleged predatory lending practices, Cook County, Ill., has now taken similar action against Bank of America.
  • Consumer Complaints Jump 80 Percent in 2013: CFPB 
    American Banker 01 Apr 2014
    Americans inundated the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau with 160,000 grievances in 2013, almost 80 percent more than in the previous year, the regulator revealed in a report issued on March 31.
  • Reloadable Prepaid Cards Highly Favored 
    ABA Banking Journal 01 Apr 2014
    A new survey conducted on behalf of the American Bankers Association finds that many American adults believe the features of reloadable prepaid cards are especially beneficial to consumers.
  • Architect of Postal Banking Proposal Speaks Out 
    American Banker 31 Mar 2014
    While the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) already offers domestic money orders and global money transfers, a paper released in January proposes to greatly expand its menu of financial services to reach ...
  • CFPB Issues TILA-RESPA Compliance Guide 
    Housing Wire 31 Mar 2014
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has put together a manual to help lenders comply with the Integrated Disclosure Rule, which consolidates the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and the Real Estate ...
  • Louisiana Tax Refund: Bill Addresses Check or Prepaid Debit Card Debate 
    Times-Picayune (New Orleans) 31 Mar 2014
    The Louisiana House Ways and Means Committee has passed a bill by Rep. Jim Fannin (R-Jonesboro) that would change the default method by which people receive their tax refunds.
  • Credit Card Solicitors Have Nearly Disappeared at Colleges 
    Utica Observer-Dispatch (NY) 31 Mar 2014
    A report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that today's college campuses are largely devoid of credit card vendors vying for their business.
  • Payday Loan Reform Still a Possibility 
    Albuquerque Journal 31 Mar 2014
    New Mexico legislators have proposed a constitutional amendment that would limit total charges on all short-term loans to an annual percentage rate (APR) of 36 percent.
  • Controversial FHA Payoff Rule to End 
    Los Angeles Times 30 Mar 2014
    For years, if an FHA mortgage was paid off before maturity, at closing the borrower would be expected to pay up a full month's interest.
  • Irvington Moves a Step Closer to Using Eminent Domain to Fight Foreclosures 
    New Jersey Star-Ledger 30 Mar 2014
    Irvington, N.J., council members recently approved a resolution that moves the town a step closer to using eminent domain to seize underwater mortgages.
  • Fannie Mae to Fine Mortgage Servicers 
    Housing Wire 30 Mar 2014
    Beginning on May 1, mortgage servicers that submit loan reports that are behind deadline or inaccurate could incur a penalty from Fannie Mae.
  • Lawsuit Against Payday King for Spam Texts Gains Class-Action Status 
    Times Free Press 28 Mar 2014
    A lawsuit against a Chattanooga-based payday lender accused of spamming Americans with unwanted text messages has received class-action status.
  • Millennials Still Struggling to Buy Their Own Nests 
    Investor's Business Daily 28 Mar 2014
    While many Millennials are finally in a position to strike out on their own, economists say the impact of this trend on America's residential real estate sector probably will not be felt for at least ...
  • Mortgage Delinquencies, Foreclosures Continue to Fall: OCC 
    American Banker 28 Mar 2014
    The latest Mortgage Metrics report from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency shows that 2013 was a more stable year for mortgage portfolios.
  • Student Loan Debt Strangles Budgets 
    Associated Press 28 Mar 2014
    About 37 million Americans are saddled with a combined $1 trillion-plus in student loans, and they may never catch up with peers who graduate without this financial burden.
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