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Mortgage lenders are becoming more curious (access required)

Arranging for a new mortgage loan, to finance the purchase of a home or to refinance an existing loan, is very different today from the process used a few months or years ago. Even applicants with exceptionally good credit should expect extensive scrutiny when applying for a mortgage today, The New York Times reports.

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Deceased father’s partners freeze son out (access required)

I inherited eight pieces of property that include vacant lots and two houses. I co-own them with nine people who grew up with my deceased father. While I was originally acknowledged as a co-owner after my father's death in 2000, the group does not keep me informed of any activities, and I do not share in the thousands of dollars they make renting the lots out.

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Check policy for title insurance coverage (access required)

Title insurance is different from other insurance policies. Your auto or home insurance policy protects you from events that may occur in the future – a car accident or a tree falling on your house. Title insurance, on the other hand, protects you for matters that may have occurred in the past – a wife or husband did not sign a deed years ago, or an unreleased mortgage.

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