WASHINGTON — Profits at U.S. banks jumped almost 37 percent for the October-December period, reaching the highest level for a fourth quarter in six years as banks continued to step up lending. The figures are fresh evidence of the industry’s ...Read More »
In last week’s column, we talked about short sales and foreclosures, or together what’s commonly referred to as distressed sales. Although the volume of these transactions is thankfully declining, they still represent a significant number of home sales. During 2012, more than half of all the properties sold in Prince George’s County were either a foreclosure or short sale; in Baltimore city, it was one in three.Read More »
WASHINGTON — Hundreds of thousands of Americans stand to benefit from the latest mortgage-abuse settlement, but consumer advocates say U.S. banks may be getting the best of the deal. Banks have agreed to pay $8.5 billion to settle charges that ...Read More »
WASHINGTON — U.S. banks have taken another step to clear away the wreckage of the 2008 financial crisis by agreeing to pay $8.5 billion to settle charges that they wrongfully foreclosed on millions of homeowners. The deal announced Monday could ...Read More »
NEW YORK — Bank of America reached an $11.6 billion settlement with government mortgage agency Fannie Mae to settle claims resulting from mortgage-backed investments that soured during the housing crash, bringing it a step closer to clearing up its legacy ...Read More »
State gambling officials are considering using slot machines removed from the state’s two largest casinos to furnish a future casino at Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort in Allegany County.
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NEW YORK — The latest federal lawsuit over alleged mortgage fraud paints an unflattering picture of a doomed lender: Executives at Countrywide Financial urged workers to churn out loans, accepted fudged applications and tried to hide ballooning defaults. The suit, ...Read More »