Kenneth R. Harney

Kenneth R. Harney

Washington Post Columnist

Kenneth R. Harney can be reached at kharney@thewarrengroup.com
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A recent legal settlement between the federal government and a title insurance agency is drawing fresh attention to one of the murkiest, least understood and most expensive items you get charged for in a real estate closing: title insurance.

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Fannie And Freddie Stick With Outdated Credit Scoring

If you’ve been waiting for the long-anticipated news that the two dominant players in the home mortgage arena – Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – finally have decided to overhaul their outdated credit scoring systems to expand homeownership opportunities for a broader range of consumers, sorry. Your wait just got a lot longer.

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Court Penalizes Quicken In Appraisal Case

Quicken Loans arguably has the mortgage industry’s squeakiest-clean image, So it might come as surprise that a federal district court last week levied nearly $11 million in fines and damages against the company for an alleged appraisal tampering scheme by Quicken during the housing boom and bust years in West Virginia.

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Big Credit Score Boosts Ahead For Some

If you’ve heard that some people might get a magic boost to their FICO credit scores in the 10-point range – without having to do anything – you’re right. But hundreds of thousands of consumers’ increases will be much larger.