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Oct. 22, 2020

5 Credit-Score Mistakes That Last a Long Time

Buyers trying to boost their credit score to secure a mortgage realize some things can be corrected quickly – but others hang onto a credit score for years.

NEW YORK – Some credit mistakes are a lot worse than others. Little ones, like paying a credit card bill a day ...

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Oct. 20, 2020

CDC: Eviction Ban Stops Only Physical Tenant Removal

The U.S. Center for Disease Control issued a list of frequently asked questions about the eviction moratorium, including that the judicial process can be “carried out according to state and local laws and rules," and “eviction does not include foreclosure on a home mortgage.”

WASHINGTON – The U ...

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June 29, 2020

Will Your Homeowner’s Insurance Weather a Hurricane?

June 28 was National Insurance Awareness Day – a reminder for homeowners to check their current policies and coverages as the nation faces the 2020 hurricane season.

NAPLES, Fla. – This year is shaping up to be memorable in so many ways, including a predicted above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season ...

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June 16, 2020

FSU Study: 15.2% of U.S. Small Businesses Won’t Be Back

A survey of small U.S. businesses and nonprofits found that 14.5% closed temporarily and 31% are operating below 40% capacity. But Fla. businesses weren’t hurt as much.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A survey of U.S. small businesses by Florida State University (FSU) researchers found that 15.2% of ...

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June 15, 2020

SCOTUS Affirms Federal Nondiscrimination Protections for LGBTQ People

Today, the law, justice, and fairness are on our side.

In an historic 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis sex, also protects employees from discrimination based on their sexual ...

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May 13, 2020

Got Flood Insurance? Hurricane Season Starts in 20 Days

Only 22% of Floridians have flood coverage. Most new policies have a 30-day wait with exceptions for new sales, but owners who must renew have a 120-day grace period.

ORLANDO, Fla. – With hurricane season on the horizon the time is now to prepare.

Among a homeowner’s preparation checklist is ...

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April 20, 2020

Foreclosure Rates Hit Generational Low Before Coronavirus

While the pandemic has sparked economic fears, the housing market started from a position of strength: According to CoreLogic, Jan. foreclosures fell to a 20-year low.

NEW YORK – Mortgage delinquencies in January fell to their lowest level in more than 20 years, driven by a strong job market and ...

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April 16, 2020

Nearly 4% of All Mortgage Loans Now in Forbearance

One out of every 25 U.S. mortgage holders has requested a delay in their monthly payments. In early March, only one out of every 400 loans was in forbearance.

WASHINGTON – Americans are struggling. And if it wasn’t already clear from the 16 million claims for unemployment over the ...

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March 30, 2020

Fannie, Freddie Unveil Easy-to-Use Mortgage Help

The mortgage giants that back over half of all U.S. mortgages will allow owners to skip two mortgage payments for any reason and add them to the end-date of their loan.

WASHINGTON – Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac unveiled a payment deferral option for homeowners struggling to ...

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March 26, 2020

Banks Try to Save Stunned Borrowers – and Their Own Bottom Line

Lenders were villains in 2008’s recession, but they’re stronger this time and don’t want a large roster of foreclosures on their books. As a result, they have a vested interest in helping people keep their homes this time and are rolling out a number of forgiveness and relief programs.

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