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The Homebuyers Toolkit: Key Players

The role of the realtor, attorney and home inspector

Buying a home is a personal decision, but the process is not so private. Generally,…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Congress Expands Homeowner Tax Breaks

First-time homebuyer tax credit extended to June

If you were rushing to close on a house before the end of the year,…

By Renita Burns

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The Homebuyers Toolkit: Qualifying For A Mortgage

Know your options for financing your purchase�and paying off the loan

“What happens when you go to a lender,” asked Deborah Johnson, vice president and relationship…

By LaToya M. Smith

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The Homebuyer’s Toolkit: Getting Started

How to know if you're ready and what banks are looking for

The process of buying a home can be overwhelming. I feel your pain, I’m there…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Scam Alert: Cash For Home Offer May Not Be What You Think

Tempting offer proves to be fool's gold

“Sell you home for cash” signs are ubiquitous, and unfortunately, sketchy, says Manny Alvarado, operation…

By Renita Burns

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Choosing a Contractor

This home improvement guide will show you how to choose the best person to work on your dwelling

After experiencing a home break-in this summer, Atlanta residents Jamilia and Charles Smith decided to…

By Lauren Lea

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Hey, Mr. President, How About A Holiday?

Let's give homeowners the option of not paying their mortgages for one full year

I am talking about a one year Mortgage Holiday where homeowners will not be required…

By Warren Ballentine

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Cutting Edge: Four Tips for Understanding A Mortgage

Using due diligence can help you avoid pitfalls

Despite the housing crisis that helped submerge the nation leagues under troubled financial waters, homeownership…

By Renita Burns

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For Loan Modification, Don’t Fall Behind

You don't have to become delinquent to get help

When Jamie Arthur heard about President Barack Obama’s Making Home Affordable plan, a sense of…

By Renita Burns

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Is Now the Time to Buy Real Estate?

The pros and cons of purchasing distressed properties

If you believe in the investment philosophy “buy low and sell high,” then you’re probably…

By Bridget McCrea

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How to Save $66,000 on Your Mortgage

Bi-monthly loan payments save money and time

What if you could pay off your 30-year mortgage in 22 years?
Would you do it?
Consider…

By Renita Burns

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Fair Access to Mortgages Still Illusive for Minority Women

Report finds disparities by race widened as income levels increased

African American and Hispanic women continue to receive disparate treatment in the mortgage lending process,…

By Janell Hazelwood

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You Can Still Get a Mortgage

Tips on financing in a tight credit market

Bankers, brokers, and swindlers aren’t the only ones to blame for the subprime mortgage mess.…

By Chana Garcia

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Foreclosure Lifelines

In danger of losing your home? Help is available

Nearly one in three Americans, or 31%, say they know someone who has already lost…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Foreclosure Prevention Gone Awry?

'Justice League' clamps down on home mortgage scams

The ink on President Barack Obama’s massive stimulus plan hadn’t dried before spurious Websites sprouted…

By Renita Burns

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HUD Outlines Homeowners’ Rescue Plan

If you’re one of the seven to nine million homeowners whose monthly mortgage payments are…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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5. I Will Use Homeownership as a Foundation for Building Wealth

While these are uncertain economic times, financial experts agree that owning a home is still…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Opportunity Knocks

Wealth For Life Principle No. 5: I will use homeownership as a foundation for…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Banks, Regulators, Consumer Advocates Address Foreclosure

FDIC Chairwoman Sheila C. Bair addresses the 12th Annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit (Source:…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Did They Cause the Credit Crisis?

The loud, angry chorus of blame began almost immediately. As big banks and brokerage…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Your Home Maintenance Checklist

Make your abode one that will stand the test of time

Routine home maintenance is essential to keeping your house running and preventing minor problems from…

By Renita Burns

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Your Home Insurance Checklist

Protect one of your most valuable assets

Your home is your castle, and probably your biggest investment. So, it’s essential that whatever…

By Renita Burns

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Don’t Get Caught in a Foreclosure Scam

Watch out for con artists looking to steal your equity

Thanks to today’s economic turmoil, sparked by an ongoing mortgage crisis, a record number of…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Buying a Foreclosed Home: Good or Bad?

Though a difficult task, be informed before making a purchase

You’ve heard that the silver lining to all of the change and turmoil of the…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Government Takes Control of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

Bail-out will redistribute management to FHFA, Treasury, and Federal Reserve

The federal government yesterday took control of mortgage giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae in…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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How to Avoid Foreclosure

Resources are available to help homeowners prevent repossession

With home foreclosures reaching record highs and circulating news reports about heavyweight boxing champion Evander…

By Aisha I. Jefferson

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Home Costly Home

Take inventory and look for ways to cut the fixed costs of homeownership

As a homeowner, hopefully you haven’t been swept up in the subprime tide that’s hit…

By Chris Taylor

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Looking for Bargains on Rental Property

Ten surefire ways to lock in profits

Real estate prices are tumbling across the U.S. That may spell trouble for homeowners, but…

By Donald Jay Korn

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Outside the Bubble

Alternative financing options fuel real estate investor's success

Alternative financing options fuel real estate investor’s success

By Tamara E. Holmes

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African American Communities Walloped by Subprime Mortgage Disaster

Countless Families Face Impending Foreclosure

Lured by the idea of an easy transition from renter to homeowner, Natasha Layne purchased…

By Denise A. Campbell Laidler

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Women of Power

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Women of Power: 4 Boss Moves to Get Salary You Deserve

As the pay gap for women and men is highlighted today for Equal Pay Day,…

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10th Women of Power Summit Most Successful of All Time

Last week, Black Enterprise’s 10th Women of Power Summit, hosted by State Farm in Ft.…

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