FHA to raise mortgage insurance premiums, prolong premium payment period

The Federal Housing Administration plans to hike mortgage insurance premiums – again – and force new borrowers to pay for mortgage insurance much longer.

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Congress to consider extending Mortgage Debt Relief Act, renewing mortgage insurance tax deduction

When U.S. Congress reconvenes today on Capital Hill, the Mortgage Debt Relief Act (MDRA) of 2007 will be on the docket for a shot at an extension through


More than one in four Americans ignore evacuation orders, most don’t have disaster plan, survival kit

There is a clear opportunity for people across the country to better understand the importance of following evacuation protocols. One in four (21 percent) of Americans have had their


Flood insurance program reauthorization overshadowed by jobs, student loans

When President Barack Obama recently signed a massive, job-creating transportation bill, which also held down interest rates on student loans, the bill also extended the National Flood Insurance


Buy homeowner’s insurance to fit your lifestyle

First-time home buyers, established homeowners, empty nesters and others in various stages of life need homeowners insurance that fits - not coverage that's unnecessary. Policies tailored to fit


Invest in Leap Year’s extra day

NATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR CREDIT COUNSELING (NFCC) - Advice to invest that once-every-four-years-extra-day in getting your financial house in order is another classic "why-didn't-I-think-of-that" moment from a credit


HO insurance goes to school

When your kid goes off to college, he or she can leave under the protective umbrella of your homeowners insurance policy -- if you properly open the canopy. The

New trends up cost of homeowners insurance

What does Chinese drywall, living in coastal areas, lower home prices and credit scores have in common? They are all issues that can cost you more in homeowners insurance,

Job loss mortgage insurance

A growing number of job loss mortgage protection insurance policies help take the fear out of home buying, but the coverage is not for everyone. The not-for-everyone catch isn't

Starting a home-based business as an economic refuge? Insure it

Recession refugees who turn to a home-based business to make ends meet threaten their livelihood if they aren't properly insured. Homeowner policies limit coverage for work-at-home ventures and that

Job-loss mortgage insurance for some, not all

A growing number of job loss mortgage protection insurance policies help take the fear out of home buying, but the coverage -- sometimes over-hyped as a form of

Renting a room for a fast buck? Think twice

If hard times has you renting out that empty room for some fast cash, you could be opening the door to a lot more cost, not less. The Insurance

Eat, drink, be wary at holiday house parties

Eat, drink, but be wary at home during holiday festivities. Collect car keys at the door, check your insurance policy, skip the oxycontin sales, hire a host, serve no-buzz

Housing special event-goers short term? Beware!

Not long ago, property managers were pitching Pebble Beach, CA home owners the idea of renting their homes when the U.S. Open next visits the Monterey County area

Should you house sporting, special event fans?

When the Superbowl, U.S. Open, World Series, Olympics, and other major sporting and entertainment events come to town, the community cashes in on an influx of visitors dining,

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