General Consumer Articles:Weeks in Review February 16 March 1, 2009
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Games with Mortgage Loan Rate Locks (Games Lenders Play Part 10) Talks about issues relating to the rate lock.
Barack Obama's "Help For Homeowners" Proposal Like President Bush's proposal before him, not much help for a high price.
Confusing Past Performance and the Present Situation with Future Planning talks about the housing market and why you shouldn't try to time it.
Title Deeds And The Form They Should Take talks about what the title deed needs to say.
Why It May Be Costly to Reject Paying Points goes over the facts and the math of getting loans done. Would you pay 1% of loan amount to cut your interest rate by 2% per year? If you're smart, you will
Consumer Focused Carnival of Real Estate is a collection of the best articles submitted that help consumers.
Real Estate is More Local Than Most People Think Make sure your agent makes a habit of working your area
Considering Condos, Townhomes, and PUDs The basics of common interest developments.
Loan Documents - Contracts of Adhesion. They're offering you a "take it or leave it" but you do have some protections.
Just Because Compensation for a Loan Isn't Disclosed Doesn't Mean It's Free, and just because you don't know what it is doesn't mean it's cheap. Evaluate loans by the bottom line to you.
Improving your Credit Score and Tradelines The credit score folks have taken steps against gaming the system.
Truth In Lending and APR is an update of one of the more important articles I've written. Don't evaluate loans by APR.
How Easy Scams Are talks about how easy it is for someone to get taken off their guard and scammed for tens of thousands of dollars.
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