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Pennsylvania Starts to Test Subprime Lenders

By Alan J. Heavens ...


Debit Fraud Can Cost You – How to Answer the ‘Debit or Credit?’ Dilemma

By Vicki Lee Parker ...


Regional Spotlight – NY Consumers Say They’ll Still Use Credit Cards

By Danny Teigman ...


Mortgage Applications Slightly Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

RISMEDIA, August 7, 2008-The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) released its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending August 1, 2008. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, was 432.6, an increase of 2.8 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from 420.8 one week earlier. ...


Fidelity National Financial, Inc. Acquires Mercury Companies Colorado Operations

RISMEDIA, August 7, 2008-Fidelity National Financial, Inc., a provider of title insurance, specialty insurance, claims management services and information services, announced the acquisition of all of the state of Colorado title insurance operations of the Mercury Companies, Inc.The acquired operations, which include Security Title, First American Heritage Title, Title America ...


Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

RISMEDIA, August 1, 2008-The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) released its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending July 25, 2008. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, was 420.8, a decrease of 14.1% on a seasonally adjusted basis from 489.6 one week earlier. On an ...


Comparing Loan Programs

By Jason Kotar ...


Finance Q&A – CDs as Collateral for a Loan

By Dan Thanh Dang ...


What’s the Best Use of Reward Credit Cards?

By Marshall Loeb ...


Mediatise Real Estate Media Services Company Created

RISMEDIA, July 23, 2008-It was announced today that Kenneth Jenny, Ginny Cain McMurtrie and Michael Bonfils have joined together to create a unique media consulting services company called Mediatise. Mediatise is focused on the residential real estate brokerage industry and the specific challenges faced by all brokerage companies in today's ...


Mortgage Applications Continue to Increase for a 3-Week Rally

RISMEDIA, July 17, 2008-The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) released its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending July 11, 2008. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, was 522.2, an increase of 1.7% on a seasonally adjusted basis from 513.4 one week earlier. On an ...


Fannie, Freddie Feed Fall: The Fed Announces ‘Rescue’

RISMEDIA, July 15, 2008-Friday's volatility on Wall Street could signal an even wilder couple of weeks ahead, as the nation's troubled banks report financial results under a cloud of worry about the future of giant mortgage lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. ...


Survey: 2 Out of 3 Consumers Say Mortgages and HELOCs Harder to Obtain

RISMEDIA, July 14, 2008-The credit crunch is impacting not only consumers' ability to get credit, and how they use it, but also-for some-their mindset towards financial institutions, according to a nationwide survey conducted by Deloitte's financial services industry group. ...


Mortgage Applications Increases 7.5% in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

RISMEDIA, July 10, 2008-The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) released its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending July 4, 2008. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, was 513.4, an increase of 7.5% on a seasonally adjusted basis from 477.7 one week earlier. This week's ...


Lenders May Hold Up Home Closings in Flooded Areas

By Joanne Cleaver ...