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How Much Will An End To Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Cost You? By Peter Miller, Contributor March 17, 2014 How does a 20-percent mortgage rate hike sound to you? Johnson-Crapo Plan Unveiled By Octavio Nuiry, Senior Staff Writer March 14, 2014 When Washington, D.C. politicians propose to “fix” something, red flashing lights and alarms bells go off. Senate Passes Bill to Delay Flood Insurance Rate Hikes By Octavio Nuiry, Senior Staff Writer March 14, 2014 In a rare show of bipartisanship, the U.S. Senate overwhelming passed a bill to delay dramatic increases in premiums paid by some property owners covered by federal flood insurance programs. House Approve Bill to Overhaul CFPB By Octavio Nuiry, Senior Staff Writer March 12, 2014 Voting 232 for and 182 against, the House on Feb. 27 passed a Republican bill (HR 3193) to reduce the authority of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Zombie Foreclosures: The Vacant Dead By Daren Blomquist, RealtyTrac Vice President March 12, 2014 One in every five homes in the foreclosure process is sitting vacant, abandoned by the distressed homeowner and not yet repossessed by the foreclosing lender. Is A New Foreclosure Crisis Brewing? By Peter Miller, Contributor March 11, 2014 Stashed away in millions of homes is a ticking financial time bomb. Will Chicago Be the Next Detroit? By Octavio Nuiry, Senior Staff Writer March 10, 2014 Last April, Rachel Shteir, a Chicago journalist and DePaul University professor writing in the New York Times Sunday Book Review, penned an essay hinting that the Windy City was on the road to Detroit. Size of New Homes Getting Bigger By Octavio Nuiry, Senior Staff Writer March 10, 2014 As the economy slowly recovers, America’s love affair with oversized homes continues to grow. Where Wall Street is Most Likely to Be Your Landlord: Heat Map By Daren Blomquist, RealtyTrac Vice President March 4, 2014 Over the last three years these institutional investors have purchased more than 850,000 residential properties, representing 6.14 percent of all sales. This heat map shows where they have been the most active. Why FHA Mortgages Should Cost Less By Peter Miller, Contributor February 28, 2014 Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgages are a pillar of the lending system, but such loans cost too much and are too profitable according the Community Home Lenders Association. Print Email

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