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Why and How to Eliminate Mortgage Charges by Third Parties

Jack M. Guttentag | Posted 12.13.2014 | Business
Jack M. Guttentag

Third-party settlement costs could be eliminated by implementation of one simple rule: any service required by lenders as a condition for the granting of a home mortgage must be purchased and paid for by the lender.

Top 5 Tips to Consider Before Buying a Vacation Home

Andrew Lieb | Posted 10.28.2014 | HuffPost Home
Andrew Lieb

Affordability You should condition yourself to the added expense of paying for an increase in your lifestyle. Think about what you can afford in term...

Will Shutting Down Captive Reinsurance Affiliates Reduce the Cost of Mortgage Insurance to Borrowers?

Jack M. Guttentag | Posted 11.10.2014 | Business
Jack M. Guttentag

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is right that mortgage reinsurance arrangements are really kickbacks for the referral of business, but it is wrong in suggesting that eliminating them will reduce costs to borrowers.

Memo to First Time Buyers: How to Avoid Closing Cost Sticker Shock

Ron Gitter | Posted 08.02.2011 | New York
Ron Gitter

It never ceases to amaze me how little first-time buyers know about purchasing a home. It's difficult for a beginner to digest all of the facets of a real estate transaction.

Nervous Insurer Halts New Policies Over Banks' Bad Foreclosure Docs

USA Today | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Old Republic National Title Insurance, among the nation's largest title insurance companies, will no longer write new policies for homes foreclosed up...

Title Insurance: Not Necessary in the Primary or Contemporary Art Market

Daniel Grant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Daniel Grant

Title insurance is not necessary in the primary or contemporary art market, Edelson noted, and "more and more of the secondary market is work of postwar art" for which provenance is rarely in question.

The Fraud of Honest-Services Fraud

Gary S. Chafetz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary S. Chafetz

Essentially, honest-services fraud makes prosecutors omnipotent, because they can charge anybody they want with a federal felony.

The Five Sneakiest Lawyer Tricks

Jim Randel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jim Randel

Bulking up billable hours is probably the #1 complaint against attorneys. The fact is that there is no way for someone to know for sure the exact amount of time an attorney spends on a matter.