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Proposal gives banks more leeway on mortgage bonds

WASHINGTON — Banks may be allowed to hold a smaller stake in the mortgage investments they sell if those loans are made to homebuyers with stronger finances. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the Federal Reserve and other agencies on Wednesday ...

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Freddie Mac earns $5 billion in second quarter

WASHINGTON — Freddie Mac earned $5 billion from April through June, the seventh straight profitable quarter for the mortgage giant. The second-quarter gain reported Wednesday compares with net income of $3 billion in the same period of 2012. Freddie says ...

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Real Estate Weekly – 8/2/13

AirPatrol Corp. chooses to remain in Howard County Howard County officials announced that AirPatrol Corp., a manufacturer of location-based security systems, will remain based in the county, but is moving and expanding its headquarters from Columbia to St. John Properties’ ...

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Realities of Real Estate: Mortgage rates fed by Fed

With the exception of those fortunate few who can pay cash for a house, the ups and downs of the mortgage rates are an integral part of buying a home. Sometimes qualification standards are low, but interest rates are high; and other times, such as today, interest rates are low, but qualification standards are high.

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Realities of Real Estate: Road to settlement may be bumpy

Whether you’re buying a house or selling a house, signing the contract is only the beginning of what can be a long and sometimes arduous journey to the settlement table. Normally, it all goes off without a hitch, and the typical real estate transaction can usually be completed in less than a month. But there are other times when the unexpected can pop up and threaten to derail even the best-laid plans.

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Realities of Real Estate: Can we talk? Tips on negotiating

In purchasing real estate, contract and price negotiations are obviously a key part of the transaction. With the proper techniques, a buyer can potentially save thousands of dollars, as well as make for a smoother road to settlement. But, if you mess up, it can mean losing the house of your dreams, or make the whole experience more difficult than it needs to be.

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