| Feb 6, 2013
| 12:51 PM
Would you support a tax reform measure that could help reduce the federal deficit, remove a needless distortion in the economy and make the system fairer?
Me too, which is why I'm taking aim at a sacred cow: the home interest mortgage deduction.
| Jan 18, 2013
| 5:29 PM
Maryland gained about 22,000 jobs in 2012, the smallest annual increase since the recession, underscoring the challenges facing the state in a year dominated by the federal budget and the collapse of a major employer.
U.S. Department of Labor estimates...
| Jan 10, 2013
Richard Cordray, the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is expected to announce the issuance of a pioneering federal rule Thursday that is intended to help prevent a repeat of the risky mortgage lending that led to the recent housing...
| Feb 6, 2013
| 2:08 PM
Lanny Gans had not heard, until she went to the Roland Park post office Wednesday, that the financially struggling U.S. Postal Service plans to end Saturday service in August, in an effort to save $2 billion a year..
"I hate to see anything like that...
| 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...
| Feb 8, 2013
| 5:10 AM
Many business owners interviewed along Bel Air's Main Street this week said they had no problem with the U.S. Postal Service's plan to eliminate Saturday mail delivery to homes and businesses, some going so far to say the move makes sense for the postal...
| 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...
| 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.
| Dec 11, 2012
| 10:46 AM
Almost a year after five big banks signed a $25 billion national mortgage settlement with 49 state attorneys general last February, too few families are getting relief, too many of those getting some help continue to lose their homes to short sales, and...
| 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...