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More Mortgages to More Consumers?

A major mortgage lender is returning to the subprime market. Since the mortgage collapse in 2008, skittish banks have only loaned money to the most credit-worthy consumers. Now, faced with a major revenue loss as mortgage lending volume declines overall, Wells Fargo may be loaning money to consumers with credit scores as low as 600. […]

More Cities Considering Drastic Solutions to Home Foreclosures

An increasing number of cities are turning to the power of eminent domain to reduce the number of residential home foreclosures. Cities in New Jersey, New York, Minnesota and California are exploring the possibility of “friendly condemnations” in which the city buys the mortgage of an underwater homeowner. If the investor refuses to sell, the […]

2014 Bankruptcy Filings Expected to Remain High

Consumer bankruptcy filings are expected to remain high in certain parts of the country. Although the filing rate is expected to decline overall in 2014, consumers in areas dominated by high unemployment and a poor housing market are expected to keep filing Chapter 13 Bankruptcy in large numbers. Meanwhile, more and more Chapter 7 bankruptcies […]

Is Wage Stagnation Real or Illusory?

President Harry Truman once wished for a one-armed economist. The reason? Seemingly all his economic advisors consistently said “on the one hand X, but on the other hand Y.” Wage stagnation is a current case-in-point. It has become almost axiomatic to say that the middle-class is shrinking. One economist begs to differ, claiming that this […]

Are HELOCS Dischargeable in Bankruptcy?

Home equity is exempt in Florida, although the amount of the exemption may be a matter of time. If you have a Home Equity Line of Credit, the actual debt may be wiped out but not the lien on your property What is a HELOC? Many people refer to a HELOC as a “home equity […]

Superstorm Sandy, One Year Later

Many New York and Tri-State-area residents are still struggling with the aftermath of 2012’s Superstorm Sandy. The storm made landfall in October 2012 and caused an estimated $65 billion in damages. While many neighborhoods and homes have been rebuilt, others are virtually untouched. Residents cite such things as property value disputes in these cases. Storm […]