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Storage space seeking skills

Storage facilities are coming in handy these days. Given the low inventory of homes for sale, there can be a forced or strategic lag between the time you move from one home to another. During that period, you’ll need somewhere affordable to stash your stuff.

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Demystifying real estate terminology for homebuyers

KRISTIN BROWN - First-time home buyers can have a tough time sorting through real estate terms spewed by real estate agents, lenders, real estate attorneys and other real

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Infographic: Getting to know the Millennials, the next generation of homebuyers

Millennials are more likely to brag to a friend about a home automation system then newly renovated kitchen. Also known as "Gen Yers" or "Generation Y", they want smart

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Real estate transactions go green

KIM CLARK - It's easier than ever to put a green spin on housing, but not always quite how you may think. "Green" real estate often refers to planet-friendly

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Most consumers misunderstand budgeting

Budgeting goes hand-in-hand with planning to buy a home, but many consumers don't make the connection. A survey by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) revealed 57 percent

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National Mortgage Settlement compliance failures laced with 60,000 consumer complaints

Consumer advocates already knew banks were failing to comply with provisions of the $25 billion National Mortgage Settlement, an agreement between mortgage lenders, states and the federal government

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Racial, ethnic minorities face covert housing discrimination

“To detect housing discrimination today, HUD and local fair housing organizations need to conduct proactive testing, especially in the sales market, where discrimination appears higher than in the

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Contingencies for real estate contracts

LILLIAN MONTALTO - Anticipate potential problems, include these contingencies in your offer and, whether you're a first-timer or a seasoned homebuyer, you'll save yourself some headaches. A contingency is

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Mortgage reform targets foreclosure abuse, mortgage servicing failures

Foreclosure abuse prevention is the target of a major set of new provisions in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) federal overhaul of mortgage regulations. The rules establish new,

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Smooth moves prevent identity theft

EXPERIAN - Moving can be an overwhelming and distracting experience that creates opportunities for enterprising criminals to make you a victim of identity theft. By the way, when someone

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Cluttering up the American Dream

MEG SULLIVAN | UCLA (Originally published June 12, 2012) - It's the place to look for the plumber's phone number, the date of the next doctor's appointment,

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Pause for the clause; a little something extra for sales contracts

Even in a sellers' market as hot as it is today, contractual risks lurk, but there are ways sellers can contractually protect themselves. Conventional home sale contracts typically include

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How long will the Fed buy mortgage-backed securities?

VANGUARD - Amid reports of reduced consumer prices and a spotty job market, the Federal Reserve's upcoming policy meeting likely will grapple with the question: How long should

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$70.1 million in counseling funds to help 193,000 families

NEIGHBORWORKS AMERICA - NeighborWorks America (NWA) today announced that $70.1 million has been awarded to 30 state housing finance agencies (HFAs), 17 HUD-approved housing counseling intermediaries, and 72

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Housing discrimination against gays, transgenders, families, marital status alive, too well, legal in most states

“It’s high time to amend the Fair Housing Act to include protections for sexual orientation and gender identity as well as source of income.” NATIONAL FAIR HOUSING ALLIANCE -