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  • How to avoid a disastrous closing

    How to avoid a disastrous closing
    Buyers may agonize for months searching for the right house or condominium. Then comes the tricky part: the closing. It may only take an hour or two, but during this crucial meeting the deal may fall apart or the buyer might get locked into an...
  • Is this the right time to refinance?

    Is this the right time to refinance?
    Mortgage rates are down and you're not going to bother trying to sell your home anytime soon. Should you spend the money to refinance and lower your payments? Can you qualify? Those two questions can have very different answers in the current lending...
  • Incentives help to seal deal

    These days, determined sellers aren't concerned with just curb appeal. They're also trying to spruce up a buyer's financing package. Area lenders and real estate agents say it's increasingly common for sellers to pay a buyer's closing costs or provide...
  • Buyer's market is not always what it seems

    This story contains corrected material, published Nov. 18, 2007. Just because this a buyer's market doesn't mean buyers have it easy. Here are some of their challenges: FOLLOWING YOUR MONEY. Getting a mortgage is humbling again. In the height of the...
  • When buyers should not walk on by a sweet deal

    With apologizes to Jackie DeShannon, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, what the world needs now is not love, sweet love. It needs buyers, sweet buyers. At least the housing world does. There are plenty of homes for sale, a record number nationally and...
  • Who's got your back in mortgage deal's closing?

    A new disclosure form is in the works that could go a long way toward letting borrowers know where their mortgage originator's allegiance lies. It can be with the lender, the borrower or neither. Sometime soon, the National Association of Mortgage...
  • Of closing costs, lending to kin

    Some advice on paying for credit reports and closing costs and helping out in a mortgage crisis: *Opening the book on closing costs. One of the more mysterious expenses of home buying is the tab for "closing costs," so named because it's due at the...
  • Class open on foreclosures

    Foreclosures class comes to order -- in the bustling public aisles of a records room in the Cook County Circuit Court clerk's office. Mary Richardson hands three rapt students their "textbook," a 35-page printout, and starts the day's lecture on how to...
  • Plenty of incentive to comparison shop

    It would be folly for new-home buyers not to at least consider using the mortgage company affiliated with their builder. After all, research shows those who use the in-house lender are more than satisfied than those who go elsewhere for financing. But it...
  • 'Bottom' proving elusive

    With prices predicted to keep falling through the coming year or even longer, one might question the wisdom -- even the sanity -- of buying a home now when even better bargains probably await. But people are buying. Armed with attractive mortgage...
  • Buying a house: 5 reasons to do it now, and 5 reasons to wait

    Buying a house: 5 reasons to do it now, and 5 reasons to wait
    Housing students, which of the following is correct? Buy a home now -- you'll get a great deal. Don't buy now -- house prices are dropping like a rock, and you'll do better later. Umm, both? Neither? For consumers, this is a push-pull moment:...
  • Obama Administration Expands Housing Aid Plan

    Obama Administration Expands Housing Aid Plan
    WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration expanded its $50 billion mortgage aid program on Thursday, announcing new measures that would help homeowners avoid a foreclosure if they don't qualify for other assistance. The new initiatives are expected to...