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Q: We are a small condominium complex with a rental limitation. In an effort to protect our investments, owners amended the declaration to allow no more than 30 percent of the units to be rented at any one time for two years. At the end of the two-year...
Q: I am a member of a large multi-unit condominium association. To what extent is our association governed by the open meetings act? Can resident owners be permitted to ask questions or make reasonable comments to board members or the property manager...
It takes more than a neat, attractive condominium or town house to make a sale at a fair price. Buyers have heard the horror stories of steep special assessments and deteriorating buildings. They expect the association to make a good impression as well as...
Tags: Values, Lobbying, Finance, Real Estate, Condos
Real Estate MattersQ: I will try to make a long story short. I have credit card debt of about $12,000, a car loan of $20,000 and a ton of mortgage loans. I owe $156,000 on my primary residence, but thanks to the Great Recession, my house is only worth about $100,000,...
Tags: Government, Iran, Iraq, Dick Cheney, Real Estate
Real Estate MattersQ: I recently attempted to do a FHA streamline refinance and was denied because I have a home equity line of credit (HELOC) that is maxed out. The lender told me that because of the HELOC, the streamline refinance would require an appraisal. And, given...
A closeout sale of five condominium units is under way at Lake Park Crescent, a 68-unit condo and row home development in Chicago's North Kenwood-Oakland neighborhood. Gordon Ziegenhagen, vice president of developer Draper and Kramer, said more than 25...
Tags: Oakland (Chicago, Illinois), Condos, Kenwood
WASHINGTON — With home prices rising in many markets around the country, might mortgage lenders start loosening up their hyper-strict underwriting rules and extend loans to buyers who now find themselves on the sidelines? Could current...
Tags: Homes, Finance, Mortgages, The Washington Post, Fannie Mae
WASHINGTON — Two federal agencies with far-reaching influence over the mortgage market are working on a problem that could affect the ability of many consumers to obtain a home loan: How to encourage private lenders to ease up on their...
The road to the White House clearly goes through our viewing area. Before an estimated crowd of 3,040 people, President Barack Obama gave a campaign speech Friday evening in downtown Roanoke. Obama, who is seeking a second term as president against...
A lack of consumer confidence and high number of homeowners who owe more on their homes than they're worth continue to keep the housing market from making a recovery. But burgeoning buyer demand is leading to bidding wars that are pushing up median sale...
The Federal Housing Administration said Wednesday it has tapped the Chicago area, along with three other housing markets hit hard by foreclosures, for a pilot program designed to stabilize neighborhoods and slow the increase in abandoned homes. The...
In hundreds of cases, the money trail from foreclosed and abandoned homes in South Florida leads across the Atlantic to Germany and this country's largest investment bank. Deutsche Bank was a heavyweight financial player during the American mortgage...
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