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CNN Money reports 25% home price decline ahead for our area!!

Take a look at this eye-opening post on our Winston Trails blog...If you're a home owner, you NEED to read it. Just click right here


New credit card rules to take effect soon...H.R. 627

The Credit Card Act of 2009 phases in, with the majority of consumer protections kicking in Feb. 22, 2010. If you are into reading lengthy government documents, click on the blog post title ( or the link below) and you will be redirected to the 33 page, HR 627 document entitled: ‘‘Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009’’

If you'd rather just see a brief summary... here you go:

Sec. 101. Prior notice of rate increases required. Prohibits increase in APR without 45 days= notice. Prohibits applying rate increases retroactively to existing balances. Requires clear notice of right to cancel credit card when APR is raised.

Sec. 102. Freeze on interest rate terms and fees on canceled cards. Prevents APR from being raised, or repayment terms being cancelled, if a cardholder cancels a card.

Sec. 103. Limits on fees and interest charges.

< Prohibits double cycle billing: Prohibits credit card issuers imposing interest charges on any portion of a balance that is paid by the due date.

< Over-the-limit fee restrictions: Cardholders must be given the option of having a fixed credit limit that cannot be exceeded, and card companies cannot charge overlimit fees on cardholders with fixed limits. Cardholders may elect to prohibit the creditor from completing overlimit transactions that will result in a fee or constitute a default under the credit agreement. Overlimit charges can only be charged when an extension of credit, rather than a fee or interest charge, causes the credit limit to be exceeded. Overlimit charges can only be applied once during a billing cycle.

< Prohibits charging interest on fees: Prohibits the charging of interest on credit card transaction fees, such as late fees and overlimit fees.

< Limits on charging certain fees: Prohibits credit card issuers from charging a fee to allow a credit card holder to pay a credit card debt, whether payment is by mail, telephone, electronic transfer, or otherwise. Requires fees to be reasonably related to cost. Foreign currency exchange fees may only be imposed in an account transaction if the fee reasonably reflects costs incurred by the creditor and the creditor publicly discloses its method for calculating the fee.

Sec. 104. Consumer right to reject card before notice is provided of open account. Gives cardholders who get preapproved the right to reject the card up until they activate it without having their credit adversely affected.

Sec. 105. Use of terms clarified. Prevents card companies from using the terms fixed rate and prime rate in a misleading way by establishing a single definition.

Sec. 106. Application of card payments. Prohibits credit card companies from setting early deadlines for credit card payments. Requires payments to be applied first to the credit card balance with the highest rate of interest, and to minimize finance charges. Prohibits late fees if the card issuer delayed crediting the payment. Prohibits card companies from charging late fees when a cardholder presents proof of mailing payment within 7 days of the due date.
Sec. 107. Length of billing period. Requires credit card statements to be mailed a least 21 days before the bill is due (current requirement is 14 days).

Sec. 108. Prohibition on universal default and unilateral changes to cardholder agreements. Prevents credit card issuers from increasing interest rates on cardholders in good standing for reasons unrelated to the cardholders behavior with respect to that card. Prevents credit card issuers from changing the terms of a credit card contract for the length of the card agreement. Allows penalty rate increases only for specific, material actions or omissions of the consumer specified in the card agreement. Requires issuers to lower penalty rates that have been imposed on a cardholder after 6 months if the cardholder commits no further violations.

Sec. 201. Payoff timing disclosures. Requires credit card issuers to provide individual consumer account information and to disclose the period of time it will take the cardholder to pay off the card balance if only minimum monthly payments are made. Also requires issuers to disclose the total amount of interest the cardholder will pay to pay off the card balance if only minimum monthly payments are made.

Sec. 202. Requirements relating to late payment deadlines and penalties. Requires full disclosure in billing statements of required payment due dates and applicable late payment penalties. Requires that cardholders be given a reasonable period to make payment. Requires that payment at local branches be credited same-day.

The above summary only details a small portion of what the bill regulates...if you have any credit cards (and who doesn't), it may pay to print out and read the entire bill.

I hope this is helpful to you.


The next chapter in the book entitled: The housing crisis..what they DON'T want you to know!

On our main blog, I just posted an eye-opening entry which details the reasoning behind the likelihood of a "second leg down" in local home values...rather than duplicate the entire post here, just click here or on the post title to read the entire post.

Thanks...Steve Jackson

Lakeview Estates, Lake Worth Florida...foreclosure tracker

Lakeview Estates, Lake Worth Florida...foreclosure tracker
As of 4/1/10 there are 7 Lakeview Estates homes in some stage of foreclosure.
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