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Sturgill Simpson: country music's young outlaw shifts shape again

How spooky was Merle Haggard’s death? He died on his 79th birthday, a date he had accurately predicted a week prior, according to his son.<p>Haggard also died a week before the release of Sturgill Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, another sign of serendipity. Had he not passed, Haggard’s name would …

Country Music

California sues Morgan Stanley over crisis-era mortgage bonds

California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris has sued investment bank Morgan Stanley over mortgage-backed securities issued in the run-up to the financial crisis, saying the firm misrepresented the riskiness of those investments.<p>In the suit, filed Friday in San Francisco Superior Court, Harris accuses the …

Residents in These 8 States Are Getting Creamed by State and Local Taxes, Study Shows

Image source: Flickr user Ryan Ritchie.<p>With the calendar flipping into April, we're officially in crunch time when it comes to preparing and filing your federal (and perhaps state) tax return.<p>Short of filing an extension, most taxpayers have about two more weeks to divulge their most intimate …

America's vanishing housing supply in one chart

Earlier today we wrote at length about the decline in US housing inventory being, in effect, the next crisis for the housing market.<p>With inventories down and supply tight — as of February the outstanding stock of existing homes would only last 4.4 months at the current selling rate — the lowest …

The next housing crisis is here

And this time the crisis is all about one thing: supply.<p>Following the mid-aughts housing bubble that saw homeowners across the country get themselves upside down in homes and mortgages they couldn't ever afford to repay — a crisis that was as much about too much supply as it was about too much bad …

Goldman Sachs Will Pay $5 Billion For Misleading Investors On Mortgage Assets

Goldman Sachs has become the latest big bank to agree to a multibillion-dollar settlement over the way it packaged and sold mortgage-backed securities in the heady days of the housing boom.<p>The Justice Department said Monday that Goldman had agreed to pay $5.06 billion over its conduct in the …

Wells Fargo reaches $1.2 billion U.S. mortgage settlement

(Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co (WFC.N) admitted to deceiving the U.S. government into insuring thousands of risky mortgages, as it formally reached a record $1.2 billion settlement of a U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit.<p>A woman walks past teller machines at a Wells Fargo bank in San Francisco, …

The Hidden Danger of Home Repair and Maintenance

When it comes to real home ownership costs, most people turn a blind eye to home repair and maintenance. In fact, a home repair friend was doing some …

Home Ownership

How to Buy a House in a Booming Market

<i>By Ellen Chang</i><br>NEW YORK -- The housing market has been rebounding and the increased competition is leaving the number of available homes scarce in …

About Real Estate: Savvy home buyers purchase two types of title insurance

Most borrowers can’t get a mortgage if they don’t pay for a lender’s title insurance policy that protects the bank against possible losses. Getting …

7 Ways to Avoid Real Estate Negotiation Nightmares

#3: Keep stubbornness in check<p>Do you squirm at the thought of negotiating with sellers at garage sales, flea markets, and antiques stores? Even if …

When I Sell Real Estate, How am I Taxed?

Q: I bought an investment house to diversify my assets. When I sell later, how do I minimize capital gains? I was hoping to use...<p><b>Q: I bought an</b> …

Tax-Smart Moves When Selling Real Estate

<b>Updated March 2017</b> — If you jumped into real estate at the bottom of the market around 2008, or if you've been holding onto an asset even longer, you …

Will Real Estate Agents Become Obsolete?

<i>By Farran Powell</i><br>NEW YORK -- Similar to stock brokers feeling queasy over their job security with the advent of online trading, real agents are …

10 Surprises When Inheriting Real Estate

Following the death of a loved one, you may become the recipient of an unexpected parcel of real estate. Yet, with every windfall comes great obligations, so be prepared for the surprises you may encounter when inheriting property.<p><b>Mortgage Transfer</b><p>You may be able to keep the decedent's mortgage …

Find Real Estate, Homes for Sale, Apartments & Houses for Rent - realtor.com®

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We might be seeing the bubble after the bubble in real estate

It was less than a decade ago that a massive housing bubble, driven equally by greedy bankers and speculators, set the stage for what was to become the worst financial crisis in history. How quickly they forget?<p>Not only is the sort of easy money that fueled the bubble making a comeback…<p>…so is the …

ASK A FINANCIAL PLANNER: 'How much should I put down on a house?'

<i>My husband and I want to buy a home in our current city, an area that is already pricey and one where the prices are steadily rising.</i><p><i>Does it make more sense to keep saving for a down payment amount that would let us not pay the mortgage insurance, which will take us several years, or to pay the</i> …

The US housing market has a major supply problem

The US housing market has a major supply problem.<p>This chart, which comes to us from Bank of America Merrill Lynch's Michelle Meyer, shows the increase in housing demand beginning to really accelerate while supply still lags.<p>And this is a looming issue for the US economy at large.<p>On Monday, Conor …

10 Ways to Pull Together the Down Payment for a Home

Photo by Voyagerix / Shutterstock.com<p>If a home purchase is in your future, now is the time to start saving for the down payment. Why get going now? …

6 Ways to Win a Bidding War in a Hot Housing Market

Consider writing a "love letter" to the seller.<p>If you’re shopping for a house in one of the country’s hottest real estate markets, where the supply …

It's a Great Time to Be a Landlord

It's an excellent time to be a landlord. Amid a U.S. recovery that has been frustratingly slow for most folks, property owners' share of the economic …

Are We Entering A New Housing Bubble?

Home prices are rising too fast in much of the country. In Dallas and Denver, prices have surpassed their prior peak and have risen over the past two years by 18% and 20%, respectively. Similar gains were recorded in many Western cities, including Seattle and San Francisco, regaining most of the …

The Best Cities For Home Flips, Based On 30 'Hipster' Zip Codes

What’s the latest hipster trend? According to one real estate company, it’s profiting from the housing markets in their havens.<p>Real estate investors saw substantial returns after flipping homes in hipster-friendly areas last year, according to RealtyTrac, a real estate information site that tracks …

How Successful Real Estate Agents Position Themselves on Facebook

How Successful Real Estate Agents Position Themselves on Facebook<p>According to a joint study released by Google and the National Association of …

Real Estate

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac finally set to reduce mortgage balances

After years of speculation and equivocation, <b>Fannie Mae</b> and <b>Freddie Mac</b> will begin to cut the mortgage balances for a number of homeowners later this …