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Consumers Feel Good about Mortgage Credit

More Americans now believe it would be easy for them to get a mortgage, according to Fannie Mae’s January 2014 National Housing Survey results. Consumer attitudes regarding the ease of getting a mortgage climbed 2 percentage points to an all-time survey high ...


Flu Season Likely to Continue through March

(MCT)—We are at the peak of the flu season — and, based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, high flu activity is likely to continue for several weeks. So what can you do to minimize the damage of ...


The 7 Features Your New Car Won’t Have

(MCT)—The next time you test drive a new car, you might be in for a shock. ...


Your Place: Tips on Keeping your Family Free of Burns at Home

(MCT)—This is Burn Awareness Week, so I thought we’d take some time to talk about safety. It’s an important subject: The National Fire Protection Association says fire- or burn-related causes injure 350 children age 19 and under every day. ...


Bitcoin Unlikely to Crack Housing Market as Long as Dollar Thrives

(MCT)—Will home purchases and mortgages ever be transacted in bitcoins? ...


Homeowners Find Respite under the Roof with Attic Conversions

(MCT)--At the end of the day, it’s easy for two Minneapolis couples to retreat to a quiet sanctuary. All they have to do is climb stairs that lead to the attic. ...


Living Smart: Winter Storm Prep

(MCT)—This season has been one for the record books, chilling even areas that usually escape winter’s worst. ...


Hot Property: Creating a Big Bang in the Los Feliz Real Estate Market

(MCT)—“Twilight” film series vampire Robert Pattinson found a warm body to pay $6.375 million for his Los Feliz home. Jim Parsons of “The Big Bang Theory” is the new owner. ...


New Use for Sewage: Producing Heat and Electricity

(MCT)—The orange flare along I-95 near Castor Avenue isn’t lit anymore. ...


Borrowers Who Refinanced in 2013 Made Huge Savings in Interest

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its fourth quarter 2013 quarterly refinance analysis, showing that borrowers are continuing to take advantage of near record low mortgage rates to lower their monthly payments, shorten their loan terms and overwhelmingly choosing the safety ...


Debt Adviser: When Does Old Debt Fall off Credit Report?

(MCT)—Question: How do I find out the timeline on my debt? I know after six or seven years the debt is taken off. I would like to know if there is a way to see whether it is gone. ...


Keeping Up With the New Joneses: Redefining Luxury

Meet the new Joneses. They believe their house is the best one on the block. They seek multiple homes to fit their lifestyle needs and have an affinity for high-tech features. Despite the emergence of new luxury niches, such as the Millennial ...


Save Money by Paying off Mortgage Early

(MCT)—Paying off your mortgage might sound like an ambitious New Year’s resolution, especially if you have recently refinanced into a 30-year term. But it’s still smart for homeowners to give some serious thought as to how ...


Your Place: Advice on Appliance Repair, Replacement

(MCT)—Time out from answering questions, to provide some useful information. ...


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