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New foreclosure filings in Arizona have fallen to the lowest level in seven years, a sign of a recovering housing market, according to RealtyTrac, a real estate information company. Read more»

The percentage of U.S. homeowners with mortgages who owe more than their homes are worth was 31.4 percent nationwide in the first quarter. Read more»

The effects of the housing market’s collapse can be felt far and wide, though perhaps no more so than by Latinos and other communities of color. Read more»

As winter temperatures linger, it is a good time to plant trees before the weather warms, said Tucson Clean & Beautiful about their Trees for Tucson Program, which is taking applications for low-cost shade trees. Read more»

Of the $45.6 billion in Trouble Asset Relief Program funds meant to aid homeowners, the most recent numbers available show that only about $2 billion has actually gone out the door and Congress has mandated that leftover money be used to pay down the debt. Read more»

FDIC Chairwoman Sheila Bair speaksHonoree Sheila Bair speaks at the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights' Hubert H. Humphrey Civil Rights Award Dinner in 2009.

Outgoing Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chairwoman Sheila Bair's revealing exit interview by the New York Times has generated plenty of buzz. But while the interview provided a comprehensive look at Bair's role from 2006 to 2011, what caught our attention was her characterization of the foreclosure crisis. Read more»

Despite a ban on the practice, banks have been using clauses in loan modification and forbearance agreements to make it easier to foreclose on struggling homeowners who may believe they're out of danger of foreclosure once signing the agreement.

While regulators have banned the practice, some banks and others who handle mortgages still have been forcing homeowners into a corner. Read more»