Real Estate

March 30, 2015

401(k) Plan a Failure for Millions of Americans

For millions of Americans, the 401(k) plan is a miserable failure – it simply is not shielding enough people from financial struggles in their retirements, according […]
March 27, 2015

Foreclosure Activity on Path towards Normalcy by Year-End

Foreclosure activity in February fell to its lowest level in 9 years even though lenders repossessed more assets, according to data from RealtyTrac.  Foreclosure filings – […]
March 20, 2015

Consumer Optimism Reaches New All-Time High

Amid continued strengthening in employment, consumer optimism toward the economy is growing and appears to be contributing to further improvement in overall housing sentiment, according to […]
March 16, 2015

Another Round of Defaults Plague HAMP

The Home Affordable Modification Program continues to disappoint.  As of Dec. 31, 1 in 3 struggling homeowners who received a loan modification through HAMP ultimately re-defaulted […]
March 13, 2015

How Big is This Year's Average Tax Refund?

In the first 30 days of the tax season, the government processed over 48 million individual income tax returns. Forty million Americans, or 83% of those […]
March 12, 2015

2014 Tax Prep Cheat Sheet

It’s been about 2 months into tax season and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is reporting that over 40 million tax refunds worth $125 billion have […]
March 6, 2015

Reset Risk Worse than Expected for Underwater HELOCs

Home prices have not recovered enough to protect the states with high concentrations of home equity lines of credit whose rates are scheduled to reset in […]
March 5, 2015

ID Theft Is Down Despite Data Breaches

Despite a series of large-scale data breaches over the past two years, identity theft fell for the second consecutive year in a row in the U.S., […]