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Regulating Credit Cards, Mortgages – Are Changes Ahead?

RISMEDIA, June 18, 2009-(MCT)-Among the sweeping changes in government regulation that President Barack Obama proposed Wednesday is the creation of an independent and powerful Consumer Financial Product Safety Commission to regulate financial products such as mortgages and credit cards. ...


Housing Starts Jump 17.2% in May, Permits Post Gains in May, Too

RISMEDIA, June 17, 2009-Nationwide housing starts rebounded in May from record lows in the previous month, posting a 17.2% gain to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 532,000 units, according to U.S. Commerce Department figures released this week. While driven largely by a double-digit gain in the volatile multifamily sector, the ...


Mortgage Rates Rise for Third Consecutive Week

RISMEDIA, June 17, 2009-The weekly average rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace for 30-year fixed mortgages increased last week to 5.72%, up from 5.48% the week prior, according to the Zillow Mortgage Rate Monitor, compiled by real estate website Zillow.com. Meanwhile, rates for 15-year fixed mortgages rose to ...


Survey – Gaps in Training for International Assignments Increased Emphasis on Training, Successful Talent Management

RISMEDIA, June 17, 2009-Cartus Corporation, a premier provider of global mobility management and workforce development solutions, recently surveyed approximately 60 of the world's largest global organizations on the role of international assignments in developing future leaders. The survey, "Emerging Trends in Global Mobility: Talent Management," explored the degree to which ...


MBA Supports Proposal for $15,000 Tax Credit for All Home Buyers

RISMEDIA, June 17, 2009-David G. Kittle, CMB, chairman of the Mortgage Bankers Association, issued the following statement in support of S. 1230, The Home Buyer Tax Credit Act of 2009: ...


The Other Side of Real Estate – Renters Evicted from Foreclosed Homes

RISMEDIA, June 16, 2009-(MCT)-When Joe Isserles moved his wife and four sons, one of whom is comatose, into a rental home in Davenport, Fla., earlier this year, the landlord failed to mention that the house was in the final stages of ...


A Closer Look – Feds Get Tough on Mortgage Fraud

RISMEDIA, June 16, 2009-(MCT)-To neighboring residents, the string of rapid-fire sales at a Coral Gables home was emblematic of the cause and consequences of South Florida's housing bust. The four-bedroom house, now vacant and deteriorating, was sold, bought and foreclosed on three times in less than three years. ...


Foreclosure and Loan Modification Scams on the Rise

RISMEDIA, June 15, 2009-National Short Sale Center, a large short sale company, has warned homeowners of the rise in foreclosure and loan modifications scams. The FBI is currently investigating more than 2,100 mortgage fraud cases-a 400 percent increase from five years ...


Bankrate: Mortgage Rates Surge Higher

RISMEDIA, June 15, 2009-Mortgage rates soared this week, with the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate rising to 5.95 percent. According to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey, the average 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.42 discount and origination points. ...


Overlooked Signs the U.S. Housing Market is Turning

RISMEDIA, June 12, 2009-(MCT)-In the Sacramento Delta suburbs east of San Francisco - where home prices soared and fell as viciously as anywhere in the country - a housing market rebound is feverishly under way. ...


Senate Renews Push to Expand Home Buyer Tax Credit to $15,000

RISMEDIA, June 12, 2009-Lawmakers are pushing to revive legislation in the Senate that would almost double an $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers and expand the program to all borrowers. ...


Foreclosure Relief Still Iffy – Are Challenging Times Still Ahead?

RISMEDIA, June 11, 2009-Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner told a Senate panel Tuesday he won't know for several months whether a key Obama administration program designed to help troubled homeowners avoid foreclosure will be successful. ...


Getting Past Predatory Lending – Coalition Launches to Steer Consumers in Right Direction

RISMEDIA, June 11, 2009-American consumers seeking mortgages will now have the option of using lenders that are certified as "safe," "fair" and free of predatory lending, under a 21-member national network known as the nonprofit "Fair Mortgage Collaborative" (FMC), the members of which are committed to providing homeowners and home buyers ...


Mortgage Rates Rise for Second Straight Week

RISMEDIA, June 10, 2009-The weekly average rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace for 30-year fixed mortgages (www.zillow.com) increased last week to 5.48%, up from 5.25% the week prior, according to the Zillow Mortgage Rate Monitor, compiled by leading real estate website Zillow.com(R). Meanwhile, rates for 15-year fixed ...


My Credit Score Dropped 87 Points Because of Me

RISMEDIA, June 10, 2009-Everyone has become more concerned about their credit scores these days, especially when a better score can result in lower credit interest rates and payments saving thousands of dollars from interest. With this in mind, many consumers are paying more attention to their credit and, unfortunately, in the ...


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