Attorney can help with loan modification--or not

By Marcie Geffner - Bankrate

Should homeowners who want to obtain a loan modification from their lender hire an attorney to help them achieve that goal? Attorneys say their services can be helpful, but lenders counter that such services are an unnecessary expenditure of money that would be better applied to overdue mortgage payments.

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Right wood makes a better fire

By Marcie Geffner -

Many new homeowners are eager to enjoy a cozy fire in their new fireplace. But the reality doesn’t always live up to their expectations, oftentimes because they’ve chosen the wrong wood. Here’s how to remedy such woes.

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