Consider these important points and focus on the long term.
Is fixing the interest rate for 30 years really as valuable as we seem to think?
There are so many ways to waste money, I can't name them all. But I can name 5.
California homeowners find strategic default and becoming renters the new American dream.
Seriously underwater homeowners are passing up the option to walk away.
With millions of foreclosures looming, only 1,711 homeowners have negotiated a deal.
Record low mortgage rates and a federal tax credit make this a good time to buy for some people.
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Breaking up big banks is an untested solution to the too big to fail problem that attempts to isolate and dismantle large, troubled institutions while protecting the rest of the economy.
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