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5 Things You Must Know About Mortgages

Even after the housing crisis, many potential buyers still don't know even the most basic things about mortgages. Here are five essential facts about financing a home.

Year-End Review: Simple Ways to Cut Your Budget Now

If a fiscal cliff deal isn't reached soon, we'll all wake up on Jan. 1 with higher taxes and lower government spending. One way or another, you'll likely have a bit less cash to spend, so the next few weeks would be a good time to figure out where you can cut your spending to compensate.

The Downside of Credit Unions

Credit union membership is at an all-time high, thanks to our rising disillusionment with traditional banks. Banks, after all, are run by executives aiming to enrich stockholders, while credit unions are owned by, and run for the benefit of, their members. But that doesn't mean credit unions are right for everyone.

Fighting Off Foreclosure: One Woman's Three-Year Ordeal

When even a single home goes into foreclosure, the effects can be far reaching. In the case of Dee, when she faced foreclosure on her home in Prince George's County, Maryland, the potential hardship extended well beyond her immediate family.

Woman Who Lost Home Sues Big Banks Over LIBOR Manipulation

What can you do when a megabank takes your home? How about suing a dozen of them. Annie Bell Adams has filed suit against 12 of the world's biggest banks, alleging that their manipulation of the LIBOR rate caused her mortgage payments to be much higher than they otherwise would have been.

Are You Better Off Than You Were Four Years Ago?

It's the question every incumbent up for reelection has had to answer since challenger Ronald Reagan first posed it to President Jimmy Carter in 1980. But in this 2012 campaign, the answer is not so simple, for all the rhetoric on both sides.

Wall Street Watch Thursday: Hewlett-Packard Drops the Box

No one was expecting good news out of Hewlett-Packard's analyst day on Wednesday, but few imagined the leading PC maker would dramatically slash its near-term guidance. CEO Meg Whitman stunned investors, forecasting profitability to drop in the fiscal year that begins next month.

Wannabe Homeowners: Now Is the Time to Buy

If you've been putting off buying a house -- playing a game of chicken with long-term interest rates to see just how low they can go -- now might be the time to make your move: Mortgage rates and home prices are slowly heading back up.

6 Simple Reasons Why You Shouldn't Buy a Home

Houses are cheap. Interest rates are low. And the economy is improving. Even Warren Buffett says that housing might be the best investment today. So should you run out and buy a home? Not necessarily.