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  • Signs of an easing of credit requirements are surfacing

    Signs of an easing of credit requirements are surfacing
    WASHINGTON — Could the end of the refinancing boom be stimulating slightly more favorable mortgage terms for home buyers? The latest comprehensive study of activity in the market suggests the answer could be yes. Ellie Mae Inc., a mortgage...
  • Warren Buffett says not raising debt limit would be 'damn dumb'

    Warren Buffett says not raising debt limit would be 'damn dumb'
    WASHINGTON -- Billionaire investor Warren Buffett said a failure to raise the nation's $16.7 trillion debt limit would be "pretty damn dumb" as Democrats and Republicans square off in a showdown that could lead to the first-ever federal government...
  • U.S. housing starts edge up in August, falling short of expectations

    U.S. housing starts edge up in August, falling short of expectations
    New housing starts were nearly flat in August compared with July, suggesting builders may be taking a breather as the housing recovery matures. Housing starts last month reached a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 891,000 units last month, up 0.9% from...
  • Five key takeaways on America's housing market

    Five key takeaways on America's housing market
    Mortgage titan Fannie Mae depends on Douglas G. Duncan, its chief economist, to keep a close eye on the nation’s housing market. Duncan met with Times editors and reporters in Los Angeles this week to share his views on where the market is headed....
  • Fannie, FHA ease rules for borrowers with blemished credit

    Fannie, FHA ease rules for borrowers with blemished credit
    WASHINGTON — Policy changes by two of the biggest players in the mortgage market could open doors to home purchases this fall by thousands of people who were hard hit by the housing bust and who thought they'd have to wait for years before owning...
  • Some jumbo loans are now even cheaper than conforming mortgages

    Some jumbo loans are now even cheaper than conforming mortgages
    With mortgage rates rising to levels not seen for two years, it's hard work finding a great deal on a home loan — unless you're rich enough to need a jumbo mortgage. These loans on steroids certainly aren't for everyone: Jumbos are defined as...
  • FHA eases rules for some borrowers after bankruptcy, foreclosure

    FHA eases rules for some borrowers after bankruptcy, foreclosure
    The Federal Housing Administration wants to make it easier for people who have defaulted on their mortgages to get a new home loan with FHA backing. But there's a catch. To qualify for the break, borrowers must show that their foreclosure or...
  • Richmond's eminent domain plan is a ploy for profit, critics say

    Richmond's eminent domain plan is a ploy for profit, critics say
    In a new legal challenge, financial industry opponents of the city of Richmond's plan to seize underwater home loans call the gambit a disguised attempt to profit at the expense of everyday investors. Richmond is threatening to use eminent domain to...
  • As Syria strike momentum stalls, oil prices pull back slightly

    As Syria strike momentum stalls, oil prices pull back slightly
    Crude oil prices began pulling back Thursday as momentum for a U.S. military strike on Syria stalled. The price of light, sweet crude for October deliver fell 80 cents to $109.30 a barrel Thursday from a previous settlement price of $110.10 Wednesday. ...
  • Consumer bureau suit says debt-relief firm charged improper fees

    Consumer bureau suit says debt-relief firm charged improper fees
    WASHINGTON -- The federal government's consumer financial watchdog on Tuesday sued Morgan Drexen Inc., of Costa Mesa, alleging it charged more than 22,000 customers millions of dollars in illegal upfront fees to help them resolve outstanding debts....
  • FDIC official says big banks trying scare tactics on capital rules

    FDIC official says big banks trying scare tactics on capital rules
    WASHINGTON -- The nation's largest banks are trying to scare the public about the impact of tougher capital requirements proposed by U.S. regulators, a top Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. official said Tuesday. Requiring the eight largest banks to...