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HUD leader touts 
home stabilization efforts

PHOENIX — The Obama administration’s top housing official touted the government’s efforts to stabilize neighborhoods hard hit by foreclosures during a visit to a Phoenix neighborhood Thursday. U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan visited two homes bought out ...

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Appraisal anguish (access required)

Realtor Thomas Harte had a contract on a 1920s-era home in Charlotte’s Elizabeth neighborhood. The five-bedroom, four-bath, fully renovated house at 425 Clement Ave. was listed at $790,000. With a tax value of $1.23 million, Harte thought the home would ...

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Feds sue 
mortgage broker, 
alleging 
lending fraud

NEW YORK — The federal government sued one of the nation’s largest privately held mortgage brokers this month, saying its decade-long fraudulent lending practices cost the government hundreds of millions of dollars and forced thousands of American homeowners to lose ...

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HARP plan not music to industry’s ears (access required)

The Obama administration rolled out revisions to a program last month designed to prevent some homeowners from going into foreclosure. But many question the Home Affordable Refinance Program’s effectiveness and say that it’s too narrow and limited to make an ...

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