| Dec 16, 2012
| 10:53 AM
Homes with federally insured mortgages — afforded to mostly lower-income borrowers — are expected to see a spike in foreclosures because of dicey lending practices, according to a recent study.
More than a dozen ZIP codes in the Baltimore...
| Dec 31, 2012
| 3:55 PM
Federal officials have extended a regulatory waiver that makes it easier to "flip" properties — a move meant to encourage the renovation of foreclosed homes but that critics say could herald the return of predatory schemes.
The Federal Housing...
| Dec 3, 2012
| 5:41 PM
James A. Buck gladly accepted the package at his Parkville office from the deliveryman wearing a UPS uniform.
But minutes later, police swooped in to arrest Buck, 54, and seized the parcel, which had contained three pounds of marijuana he sent to himself...
| Dec 31, 2012
| 11:17 AM
Imagine that a federal agency wanted to hurt America's working-class families on purpose. How would it inflict maximum damage?
It might start by aggressively marketing homeownership to marginal borrowers. It would tell them that bad credit scores aren't...
| Dec 4, 2012
| 7:13 PM
Con artist Rodney Getlan did not just take people's money — his actions caused them to lose their homes.
That he stole the sanctuary of a roof and four walls may have led to Getlan's getting a much longer prison term. Baltimore County Circuit Judge...
| Apr 18, 2013
| 8:41 AM
In addition to an extension of the Homestead Tax Credit application deadline, several other pieces of legislation relevant to homeowners passed both chambers of the General Assembly during the most recent session, which ended earlier this month.
| Apr 19, 2013
| 3:54 PM
Maryland employers added 4,700 jobs in March, gains driven by the private sector, the U.S. Department of Labor estimated Friday.
It was the fourth straight month of increases, though at a lower level than the previous three. The expansion brought...
| Dec 20, 2012
| 2:38 PM
Mind Over Machines Inc., an Owings Mills-based consulting and information technology firm, announced Thursday it has acquired the assets of technology firm The Seva Group, making the combined company one of the largest IT consulting firms in the mid-...
| Dec 26, 2012
| 3:00 AM
The new development of Kelly Glen north of Bel Air has single-family homes costing upward of $500,000 tucked away between the Bel Air Bypass and Route 1 (Conowingo Road), with direct access to the latter, but residents have one major problem: They can't...
| Sep 26, 2012
After what was easily the longest economic downturn in recent times, momentum is building and national headlines are trumpeting news of economic gains. In the residential housing sector, these swiftly-changing market dynamics...
| Sep 27, 2012
| 4:02 PM
It's easy to see why the city's sale of the Senator Theatre gave Comptroller Joan Pratt heartburn. The city paid $810,000 for the movie palace three years ago and this week sold it for a $310,000 loss. Worse yet, the city is hardly washing its hands of...
| Dec 13, 2012
| 12:04 PM
Deatrice S. Besong says it feels like winning the lottery: Her mortgage servicer recently agreed to reduce her loan by $249,000 next year, saving her $300 a month and erasing the debt overhang that has her owing far more than her house is worth.