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COVID-19, as we’ve pointed out in previous columns, is a trend accelerator. When it comes to buying a home, COVID-19 has been the best of times (lowest mortgage rates in history during 2020 and part of 2021) and worst of times (home prices are skyrocketing).

Q: We live in a west coast Florida beach town. We applied for a cash out refinance in June 2021, so that we could consolidate our finances and pay off our mortgage on a long-held home in the north.

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Q: The way the real estate market is going, if my husband and I sell our house, we will more than likely sell high and be buying high, making it a “wash.” I know that no one can predict the future, but if we are buying high this year, do you think that we will get our money back on the “new” house in 8 to 10 years?

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Q: I sold a house and paid off my mortgage. I received a satisfaction letter but no return of my original note from my big box servicer lender. I called several weeks later to request the return of the promissory note and was informed it is not their policy to return notes. How can I get my note back from these thieves?

When the COVID-19 pandemic reached the U.S. in 2020, the public health crisis was accompanied by an economic disaster as well. For many, one of the biggest worries was housing, with homeowners concerned about falling behind on mortgage payments.

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Everyone deserves a stable, affordable place to live. But the unfortunate truth is that discrimination in housing has prevented some vulnerable groups from achieving this cornerstone of the American Dream. The good news is that there are laws in place to protect people from being discriminated against when securing housing. One of the most important […]

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