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  • False signatures cloud Maryland foreclosure cases

    False signatures cloud Maryland foreclosure cases
    Lawyers at two Maryland firms handling foreclosures filed court documents without actually signing the papers themselves, a development that is calling into question the validity of at least some of the home foreclosure cases in the state. The two...
  • Maryland foreclosure practices decried

    Revelations that attorneys at two Maryland firms had other people sign their names to foreclosure documents brought a rebuke Wednesday from the O'Malley administration, which called the practice a "potential example of further mishandling and mistreatment...
  • Bank of America upheaval an opportunity for local competitors

    Bank of America upheaval an opportunity for local competitors
    On the day last week that Bank of America announced sweeping cost-cuts, including the elimination of 30,000 jobs, executives at BlueRidge Bank celebrated a milestone for the three-year-old financial company. The Frederick-based community bank opened a...
  • The Interview: Mark Kaufman

    The Interview: Mark Kaufman
    Maryland's financial regulators have been busy for several years now, sorting through the fallout from the financial crisis and the real estate collapse. The Office of the Commissioner of Financial Regulation oversees state-chartered banks and is...
  • Home sales rose, prices fell in Baltimore area in July

    Home sales rose, prices fell in Baltimore area in July
    As if foreclosures, high unemployment and tight credit weren't enough, would-be homebuyers in the Baltimore region got more fodder for wariness Wednesday as the Dow Jones industrial average plunged more than 500 points and a new local report showed...
  • Reducing postal service is not the answer

    Reducing postal service is not the answer
    Few institutions touch more Americans than the U.S. Postal Service, whose role is spelled out in the Constitution and which delivers to 150 million homes and businesses six days a week. Letter carriers get to know our communities, occasionally saving...
  • Wells Fargo moves into a city it helped devastate

    Wells Fargo moves into a city it helped devastate
    This weekend you may notice former Wachovia branches around Baltimore getting a makeover, swapping out their old logos for brand new Wells Fargo signs. While Wells Fargo has been busy promoting the new and improved services customers will receive,...
  • Tackling consumer crises in Maryland

    Tackling consumer crises in Maryland
    Civil Justice might be small — you can count the full-time attorneys at the nonprofit legal assistance group on one hand — but its impact is anything but. The Baltimore organization has trained more than 1,400 lawyers in foreclosure law so...
  • Vacant city houses get property tax break meant for owner-occupied homes

    Vacant city houses get property tax break meant for owner-occupied homes
    Property tax breaks meant to encourage homeownership have been awarded to 465 vacant houses in Baltimore, depriving the city of uncollected revenue in a difficult budget year and calling into question past promises from city officials to crack down on tax...
  • Online portal developed to help homeowners in foreclosure mediation

    The online portal HOPE LoanPort and GMAC Mortgage have teamed up on a program to allow Maryland homeowners and participating mortgage servicers to exchange documents in foreclosure mediation cases electronically. The statewide program, announced by...
  • Howard immigrant who lost home to mistake settles case

    Howard immigrant who lost home to mistake settles case
    A Howard County man who lost his townhouse in a refinancing foul-up six years ago has settled the matter before trial, giving him enough money for a down payment on a new house, a lawyer in the case said. Kwaku Atta Poku, 59, a Ghanaian immigrant who...
  • Budgeting is a drag, but online personal financial management sites make the chore easier

    Online budgeting sites aim to take the tedium out of money management, and the latest entry even tries to make a game of it with cash prizes. Budgeting is such a turnoff that some financial professionals won't even use the term with clients. But some...