Tag Archives: Principal Reduction

Mortgage Fix Failing at ‘Alarming Rate’

A new report from Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program points to disturbing numbers, but offers no reason for the high rates. Treasury’s data shows that the longer a homeowner remains in HAMP, the more likely he … Continue reading

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Why ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Deal Will Help the Housing Recovery

The housing market is on firmer ground today, as two major tax provisions survived the “fiscal cliff.” Congress did not touch the mortgage interest deduction, and it extended tax relief for one year on mortgage debt forgiveness. “An extension of … Continue reading

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Mortgage Recovery Still Rocky

The trouble is, the banks are close to finishing their obligations under the settlement, and the largest, Bank of America, will not continue to offer principal reduction afterward. “The programs then going forward will provide for similar relief, but I … Continue reading

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Housing Recovers, but the Repo Man Is Back

Foreclosures continue to ease in the formerly hard hit states, like California, Arizona and Nevada, as investor demand continues to prop up home prices and clear distress from those markets. Newly started foreclosures fell 63 percent from a year ago … Continue reading

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Housing Recovery Depends on Slashing Mortgage Debt

(Read More: Mortgage Deduction Is Popular, but Few Claim It) “The prospect of being taxed on potentially tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional income may motivate more distressed homeowners to forgo a short sale and allow the … Continue reading

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