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Fixed Mortgage Rates Stay Just Above This Year’s Lows: 30-Year at 4.13%

Consumers in the market for mortgage loans don’t have to worry about higher rates for now, with the 30-year fixed rate at 4.13 percent this week — that’s just a basis point above the low for the ...
New Home Sales Up in April; Average Price $282,600

Sales of New Homes Fall Sharply in June, Biggest Decline in 11 Months

New home sales fell hard in June, down 8.1 percent after two months of gains. Compared to June of last year, sales were down 11.5 percent. // The prior month’s data was revised to show less growth, indicating ...

More Than 1,600 StubHub Accounts Breached in Cybercrime Ring; 6 Arrested: Authorities

Six people have been indicted for taking part in an “international cybercrime ring” involving online ticket-reseller StubHub, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. said Wednesday. // The ...

‘Operation Mis-Modification’ Targets Six Mortgage Relief Scams Nationwide, FTC Says

The Federal Trade Commission has cracked down on six mortgage relief operations, alleging that these outfits preyed on distressed homeowners by falsely promising to lower their mortgage payments or help them prevent ...
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Prepaid Card Fees Up 21% Overall in 2014; Annual Costs Up to $400, CardHub Says

Banking consumers are increasingly opting for alternative cash-management tools including prepaid cards, instead of traditional checking accounts. // Prepaid cards can serve as a useful tool because they are safer ...
Bank Teller Counting Money for Customer

These Banks Will Pay YOU Money to Open a Checking Account This Summer.

Big banks are always looking for new customers, and tighter lending standards have reduced traffic for mortgages. // Meanwhile, only an estimated 10 percent of bank customers report they’re likely change their ...

Dell Partners with Coinbase, Becomes Largest Merchant to Accept Bitcoin

Computer giant Dell has become the largest retailer to accept bitcoin after partnering with Coinbase. // U.S. customers can use the virtual currency for all items available on, including the Alienware ...
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From N. Dakota to California, the Most Expensive Homes For Sale By State are Setting New Highs.

The overall housing market hasn’t fully recovered since its heady days before the financial crisis, but it’s a different story at the high end of the price spectrum. Some luxury homes are listed for ...

Waiter Gets $1,000 Tip on a $114 Dinner Bill, Along With This Advice: ‘Pay It Forward’.

A New York waiter was shocked Wednesday night when a customer left him a $1,000 tip on a $114 dinner check. Michael Shafts had no idea that the couple celebrating a birthday at The Ginger Man in Albany were planning ...

Rubio-Warner Bill Would Auto-Adjust Student Loan Repayments Based on Income

A new bipartisan bill reinforces the notion that Republicans are trying to make mounting student debt as much their issue as it has been that of Democrats, especially President Obama and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth ...
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