| Nov 4, 2012
More than a third of potential borrowers would be willing to pay a higher rate if the mortgage came with superior service, according to a new survey.
The poll by the Carlisle & Gallagher Consulting Group didn't say how much more the 34% were willing to...
| Nov 11, 2012
Dear Liz: I am increasingly annoyed by the entitlement attitude of today's students. Why should the taxpayers (me) pay to educate somebody else's children? I remember when there was no such thing as a student loan. If I wanted to go to college and didn'...
| Jun 10, 2012
WASHINGTON — In a marketplace where lenders are demanding record-high FICO credit scores — Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are averaging around 760 on approved mortgages this year — are you a little fuzzy about what can push your scores up or...
| Jun 5, 2012
As one of the first women to hold a position of power on Wall Street, Marion O. Sandler was notable even before she and her husband, Herbert, spent 43 years building Oakland's World Savings Bank into such a major — and ultimately controversial...
| Jun 13, 2012
| 5:00 AM
In this country that claims to value hard-working middle-class families, the wealth of those families sank by 40% in recent years, wiping out all the financial gains average Americans had made since the early 1990s. A new Federal Reserve report released...
| Jun 30, 2012
| 3:53 PM
WASHINGTON — In a policy switch that could be important to thousands of applicants seeking low-down-payment home mortgages, the Federal Housing Administration has rescinded tough new credit restrictions that had been scheduled to take effect Sunday....
| Jul 8, 2012
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...
| Sep 18, 2012
| 10:19 AM
Things are looking up for homebuilders, who are in their best collective mood in six years, according to an index from the National Assn. of Home Builders and Wells Fargo.
In September, a gauge of builder sentiment rose to 40 from 37 in August,...
| Sep 27, 2012
| 1:10 PM
The share of American households affected by student debt has more than doubled in the last two decades, soaring from 9% in 1989 to a record of nearly one in five in 2010.
The 19% of households weighed down by school loans is higher even than 2007,...
| Mar 8, 2013
| 9:03 PM
Dear Liz: I am a junior in college, and I might have to take out a loan my senior year because of financial cuts in the state. Is it really a bad idea to take a loan for college?
Answer: No, it's not. You don't want to overdose on education debt, but...
| Feb 22, 2013
| 9:06 PM
Dear Liz: I'll be done paying off my car in a couple of months. What's a good strategy for redirecting that money once it's paid off? Should I use the whole amount each month to start saving for my next car, or would I be better off splitting it up and...