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Southeast Wisconsin counties show fewer foreclosures in 2012

The housing market shows signs of slowly improving, as foreclosure filings declined for the third year in a row in 2012 in southeastern Wisconsin. According to court documents, filings dropped more than 2 percent from 2011, with about 10,500 foreclosures in seven counties. In some cases, Chapter 13 bankruptcy, which allows for debt reorganization, could have contributed to the decline.

Banks slowly paying out mortgage relief funds

For at least 300,000 people who were at risk of foreclosure, relief has finally come. But tens of thousands more still waiting, some not very patiently, for their mortgage lenders to pay up. You may recall that five major U.S. banks agreed to settle federal charges of mishandling foreclosures by providing billions of dollars of debt relief and refinancing. A progress report from the official overseeing the payback shows that Bank of America has refinanced $890 million in loans so far. J.P. Morgan Chase has spent $903 million. In total, since August, customer relief payments have totaled at least $22 billion.

Scammers make a bee line for desperate debtors

It is both sad and infuriating that con artists are targeting the people who can least afford to be scammed; those deeply in debt desperately looking for a way out. The scammers frequently call themselves "debt settlement" experts with special expertise in getting creditors to forgive all, or at least part, of consumer debts and make the customer "debt-free." The problem is, and the debt settlement industry admits this, about two-thirds of clients get no relief at all. Federal and state regulators say he success rate is more like 10 percent.

How do Credit Cards Impact you Net Worth?

Here's a great article by Kristina from credit sesame:

Can Your Lender Foreclose After Bankruptcy?

The answer is yes. Bankruptcy will get rid of the debt but will not stop your mortgage company from taking your home back via the foreclosure process.

Strange but True Ways to Earn Extra Money

These days, everyone could use a little extra money. If that rings true, check out this video with Farnoosh Torabi on how to earn up to $1000 monthly.

Can a past bankruptcy harm your chances of getting a job?

In the event that you are denied employment by a private employer because of a bankruptcy you likely will not have rights against that employer.

Home Prices Close to Bottoming, Set to Rise in 2013

If you are one of thousands of Wisconsin home owners worried about the value of your home there is good news and bad news: Values will continue to drop this year but forecasters predict values to begin to rise in 2013. Here's an interesting article on the subject from Yahoo! Finance.

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