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    There may be zombies in your neighborhood

    Residential real estate has its own version of the 1968 cult classic "Night of the Living Dead." You could call it "Zombie Foreclosures."

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    Real estate Q&A: Corporate owners of house should be told of poor upkeep

    QUESTION: The house across the street was purchased by one of those large investment funds snapping up properties. The upkeep has been less than stellar, and we are worried it will affect our values and neighborhood's charm. Is there anything we can do to encourage the fund to be a better neighbor...

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    The Mortgage Professor: Will lenders pay borrowers to take a mortgage loan?

    Yes, U.S. mortgage lenders will pay rebates to borrowers. This is a potentially valuable option which, to my knowledge, is not offered anywhere else in the world. But having options means having to make choices, and this is a difficult one that borrowers often get wrong.

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    Real estate Q&A:

    QUESTION: The house across the street was purchased by one of those large investment funds snapping up properties. The upkeep has been less than stellar, and we are worried it will affect our values and neighborhood's charm. Is there anything we can do to encourage the fund to be a better neighbor...

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    A new challenge to HUD's reverse-mortgage program

    The United States faces a retirement funds crisis: a rapidly growing number of people who retire without the financial capacity to support themselves during ever-increasing life spans. The Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) reverse-mortgage program, which allows older homeowners to convert some...

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    Mortgage rates up slightly from last week

    Mortgage rates rose slightly in this week's survey of lenders by Freddie Mac, with the average for a 30-year fixed loan rising to 4.15 percent, from 4.12 percent last week.

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    Steve Bucci: Credit card debt weighs down our finances

    Dear Debt Adviser: I was wondering if working with a credit counseling service to lower your interest rate affects your credit score. While our scores are good (715-730), we overextended ourselves and the interest/finance charges on our credit cards are outrageous (29.99 percent in some cases). ...

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    Real estate Q&A: Loan status depends on what deed says

    QUESTION: Years ago I bought a house with my girlfriend, and it was titled in just her name, as was the mortgage loan. Several years later, we deeded the property into both of our names, even though we never got married. She has since died, and I have continued to pay the mortgage. Is there any ...

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    Led by Chinese buyers, U.S. housing sales to international clients hit $92 billion

    A record amount of foreign money is flowing into the U.S. housing market.

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    Developers turn to crowdfunding to seed real estate deals

    MIAMI - You can support entrepreneurs' apps, gadgets, clothing creations, restaurants - you name it - through the exploding phenomenon of "crowdfunding." But what can you show for your investment? A drawer full of T-shirts, tote bags and other tokens of appreciation.

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