San Diego Union-Tribune

Home energy upgrades are latest shade of green

Despite a sluggish economy and a growing number of Americans who think going green isn’t as important as it was before the Great Recession, efforts to increase environmental sustainability are rolling out across California.

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Los Angeles Times

Post-recession, expect a shift in building trends

The numbers report for the home-building industry couldn’t have been more grim in

February: New-home construction in the U.S. fell to a pace that would translate to about

250,000 homes for all of 2011, which would be the fewest built since the Commerce Dept. began keeping track in 1963.

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Los Angeles Times

Banks are foreclosing while homeowners pursue loan modifications

Lenders say “dual tracking” protects their investment if the homeowner is unable to qualify for new loan terms. But regulators seeking to ban the practice say it lulls some borrowers into thinking they won’t have their homes taken away.

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San Diego Union-Tribune

Could your mortgage broker’s pay affect your bottom line?

New government rules meant to protect consumers have changed the way mortgage

brokers and loan officers are being paid – drawing mixed reactions from people in the

industry.

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http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/apr/19/could-your-mortgage-brokers-payaffect-your-bottom/