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A Homebuyer’s Guide to Federal Policy on Mortgage Lending

Buying a home can get intense, and you can easily feel intimidated by the lending process and closing requirements. Federal policies affecting mortgage lending has seen many changes in the wake of the subprime mortgage crisis that began in 2007, putting a stronger focus on eliminating predatory lending and increasing transparency for the borrower. Hearing…

When Does It Pay to Rent, Even When the Numbers Say It’s Cheaper to Buy?

Buying a home may not be wise if your life is in flux or dealing with repairs frightens you. If you’re wondering whether you’re better off financially renting or buying a home, you can easily find an app for that. Calculators at Bankrate.com, The New York Times, Zillow and Realtor.com all let you input the…

Protect your property records-FREE

Protect your property records-FREE FOR YOUR INFORMATION: Protect your property records with @PolkCountyClerk’s FREE new Property Alert Service. With property fraud on the rise, it’s more important than ever to monitor your records. This FREE service emails registered users each time an official record (e.g. deed, mortgage, lien, etc…) is recorded with their name and/or…

5 Things to Know About the Economy This Week

Home Prices Hit 8-Year High (Getty Images) What Happened: The S&P/Case-Shiller National Home Price Index in October sat 5.2 percent above where the metric was a year ago, according to a report released Tuesday. The real estate pricing barometer now sits at its highest level since Oct. 2007. But price gains have largely been concentrated…

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