The economy here and abroad will determine the fate of interest rates. With rates near 4.5%, it may be time to consider refinancing.
More good news for homebuyers: Congress extends closing deadline for tax credit.
About 180,000 would-be buyers won't meet the June 30 deadline for a tax credit. But some may end up with a better deal.
But economic uncertainty is keeping many Americans from taking advantage of the best loan rates in their lifetimes.
Losing your home to foreclosure is one thing. But walking away just because it's financially convenient could hurt down the road.
The HAMP program, now a year old, struggles with the complicated business of salvaging troubled home loans.
Your friends can not only make you fat, they can make the social barriers to breaking a mortgage contract come crumbling down.
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