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Business
June 28, 2011
Chris Willette, a short-sale specialist for Edina Realty, listened to questions from sellers Christie Colborn and Laura Schmaltz (not pictured) in the

Lessons from a short-sale guru

Short sales are a growth segment of the market as more people have to sell their house for less than they owe.
East Metro
June 28, 2011

Briefs: Foreclosure-prevention workshops offered for free

The Washington County Library and the Washington County Housing and Redevelopment Authority are offering free foreclosure counseling and information workshops every Thursday in July to provide advice from trained foreclosure-prevention counselors.
Business
June 28, 2011

Agency hit for reaction to housing complaints

The federal agency overseeing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the taxpayer-owned mortgage finance giants, failed to refer to criminal investigators and other authorities almost 100 complaints about possible foreclosure abuse and mortgage fraud at the companies over a recent two-year period, according to a report issued late Tuesday by the inspector general of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. While the report did not determine whether these and other complaints had merit, it said that the agency's unresponsiveness to them was problematic.
Housing
April 4, 2011

Tenants have to cope when snow is plowed

Q Are there any laws concerning the notification of tenants when a parking lot is going to be plowed and cars need to be moved? Is a sign posted on an entrance door 24 hours in advance considered adequate notice? Is there any recourse for a tenant who has been charged a substantial towing fee?
Home & Garden
March 25, 2011

The tax skinny on canceled debt.

Gone through a short sale or foreclosure? Here's why Uncle Sam might come knocking.
Home & Garden
March 25, 2011

Commerce Deparment slams mortgage scammers

A Michigan-based company is accused of scamming 118 homeowners seeking loan modifications.
Home & Garden
March 25, 2011

Foreclosure woes spread from inner-cities to exurbs

For foreclosures 2010 was a bad year, but not the worst.
Rentals
March 25, 2011

Bloomington apartment complex sold

A Chicago firm picks up the Hampshire Hills Apartments in Bloomington.
Housing
March 25, 2011

Tenant can't get eviction costs back

Q I was late paying my rent in December, so my landlord filed for eviction. After I was served with a summons and complaint, I called him. He said that if I paid the rent I owed plus $350, he would cancel the eviction action. I had to pay to keep living there, so I did. Now people tell me that I was extorted. What are my rights?
Home & Garden
March 25, 2011

Richfield vacant house ordinance passes

The ordinance requires owners of residential and commercial buildings to register them if vacant for more than 90 days. Realtors fiercely oppose the ordinance.