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  • 411,000 referrals in 2012…and we are just getting started

    Saturday, June 30, 2012·spcontrol

    There's some shameless horn-blowing going on here at MK. In the first 6 months of 2012, we referred more than 411,000 folks to local, vetted, best-in-class resources--from all 50 states and D.C. That's up 75% over the 235,000 referrals we made over the same period ...

  • More Home Equity? Yes, Please!

    Monday, June 18, 2012·spcontrol

    The news from the housing trenches is still mixed--this glass seems to be both empty and full at the same time. But this article from Bloomberg caught our eye: home equity (your home's worth minus any debt you owe on ...

  • Congratulations! You’re a Homeowner!

    Saturday, June 02, 2012·spcontrol

    I moved across town this week to a new home, and started the seemingly endless phone calls and emails to change my address, establish utilities, and generally get my new life in a new community in order. My call to ...

  • Two Surprises Might Be Two Too Many

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012·spcontrol

    Intriguing doesn't begin to cover it. Twice in two days we've seen the campaign topic du jour--student loan debt--tied to the housing crisis. But in two very different ways. The New York Times ran part one in their series "Degrees ...

  • Foreclosures Increase in Top 100 US Metros

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012·spcontrol

    Sometimes it's hard not to judge the world by what you see around you. Case in point: in Minneapolis, where a few of us MortgageKeeper folks live, the economy seems to be improving--considerably. Homes that have had "for sale" signs ...

  • Why Bailouts Fail

    Monday, May 07, 2012·spcontrol

    For the most part, MortgageKeeper folks are "glass is half-full" types. But a recent rather "glass is half empty" commentary by Neel Kashkari, head of global equities for Pimco and a former assistant Treasury secretary who ran the Troubled Assets ...

  • Financial Literacy Month Matters

    Tuesday, April 17, 2012·spcontrol

    We know Financial Literacy Month is half over, but we couldn't let the month go by without stressing how desperately it's needed in today's economy. The month of keen focus on how we should spend and save is sanctioned by ...

  • The Monthly Question

    Thursday, March 29, 2012·spcontrol

    Imagine you are a struggling homeowner--barely making ends meet. (An all-too-common scenario these days.) You have three bills to pay this month: Credit cardsMortgageCar loan You can only afford to pay one of them. Which one do you choose? (Insert ...

  • Support for Housing Counselors!

    Tuesday, March 20, 2012·spcontrol

    We see a lot of money tossed around to solve the housing crisis--sometimes to no avail. But HUD's new approach made us stand up and cheer...$42M to housing counselors. And NFMC followed suit Monday. Great news for distressed homeowners ...

  • Mapping Consumer Distress

    Thursday, March 08, 2012·spcontrol

    We know that folks are struggling. When our database referrals jump from an average of 2,500 a day to 2,700 a day in just a few months, overall conditions aren't improving. It can be hard to understand the magnitude of consumer debt ...


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