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Debt collectors have made a fortune this year; now they’re coming for more

After a pause for the pandemic, debt buyers are back in the courts, suing debtors by the thousands.... Read more»

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Thousands of evictions loom as moratorium set to expire this month

Legal advocates are preparing for what could be a tsunami of evictions in the next few weeks when a temporary state ban on most evictions expires. But there is evidence that hundreds of evictions have been filed in violation of a federal ban in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.... Read more»

Tiny home trend slow to grow in Arizona, but developers plan new projects

Despite growth, the the tiny house trend has struggled to gain a significant foothold in Arizona.... Read more»

Consumer advocate: Predatory lending still 'major problem' in Arizona

Consumers nationwide have submitted nearly 10,000 complaints with the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau about short-term consumer loans they believed were unfair, according to a recent analysis conducted by the Arizona PIRG Education Fund. The complaints were submitted over the past two and a half years.... Read more»

Down payment grants available for home buyers

If you are dreaming of buying a home, assistance from the Tucson NeighborhoodLIFT program might be just what you need. The program only has about 20 $15,000 grants remaining to provide mortgage down payment assistance for qualified homebuyers.... Read more»

Scary practices back to U.S. property market, bubbles overseas

Could a Chinese crash do the kind of damage that the U.S. property market’s bust did in 2008?... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Digging into EPA letter on Rosemont Mine

Interviews with Rosemont Mine VP Cathy Arnold, Middle East expert Stephen Zunes, mortgage specialist Chuck Byler, Tucson Weekly Editor Dan Gibson, TucsonSentinel.com's Dylan Smith, and Save the Scenic Santa Ritas President Gail Hartman.... Read more»

Bank of America

BofA lied to homeowners & rewarded foreclosures, former employees say

Bank of America employees regularly lied to homeowners seeking loan modifications, denied their applications for made-up reasons, and were rewarded for sending homeowners to foreclosure, according to sworn statements by former bank employees.... Read more»

For most homeowners, gov’t foreclosure deal brings a few hundred bucks

The government’s largest effort to compensate victims of the banks’ foreclosure practices is finally sputtering to an end. But for most of those eligible – nearly three million borrowers – it won’t be much of an ending: they’ll be receiving a check for $300 to $500.... Read more»

The latest myth about govt’s mishandling of housing market

No matter how many times people debunk the notion that government policy created the housing bubble, it doesn't die. Now, we are having another argument about whether the government is creating a new housing disaster for taxpayers. The target this time: the Federal Housing Administration.... Read more»

Unraveling the Freddie-Fannie tangle

The taxpayer-backed mortgage giants, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, play a huge and growing role in the economy yet are riven by conflicts of interest and clashing goals.... Read more»

We’ve nationalized the home mortgage market. Now what?

The home loan market was nationalized in a slapdash fashion and is now riven by conflicts of interest and competing goals. To solve it, a consensus is forming to head down the path of the least resistance but greatest risk.... Read more»

Another way student loans are like mortgages: Subpar servicing

When it comes to both mortgages and student debt, the servicers, or companies that handle loan payments, sometimes add roadblocks and give struggling borrowers the runaround. ... Read more»

Horne: $57M from mortgage settlement will help Az homeowners

Arizona will use $57 million from its share of settlements with mortgage lenders to help people facing foreclosure stay in their homes and provide counseling, legal assistance and oversight, Attorney General Tom Horne said Monday.... Read more»

Foreclosure-forced moves no bar to voting

Arizonans still have a right to vote even though their home may be in foreclosure and their address may change before November, a voting rights group said Thursday. ... Read more»

Foreclosure fail: Study pins blame on big banks

A study by government and academic researchers finds that approximately 800,000 homeowners missed out on mortgage modifications because of big banks' poor performance.... Read more»1

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