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Consumer bankruptcy for November down 12 percent from last year

According to a report from the American Bankruptcy Institute, the number of consumer bankruptcies filed in the United States last month was significantly lower than the same time last year. The American Bankruptcy Institute used data from the National Bankruptcy Research Center to compile its report.

Keeping your home after bankruptcy

Homeowners who have fallen behind on mortgage payments and are facing foreclosure have also likely fallen behind on others bills. Many families have experienced financial hardship and have found relief in bankruptcy. When considering bankruptcy, many worry about losing the family home during the proceedings. There are options, however, that allow homeowners to remain in their home even after getting debt relief through bankruptcy.

Gov't taskforce created to protect homeowners from scams

The U.S. government has taken steps to aid homeowners facing foreclosure or mounting unpaid mortgages by creating the Home Affordable Modification Program. However, there are those out there who would take advantage of vulnerable homeowners seeking to use the program. To protect them, a joint task force has been created by the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Treasury Department.

Study: Better schools, fewer foreclosures

Current or potential parents in the Washington, D.C., area may be looking for foreclosed properties to save a little money, but if they are looking in a district with highly rated schools, they are probably out of luck. A new analysis for Developments by Location Inc., a company that collects and analyzes data for businesses and consumers, shows that the percentage of foreclosure sales were lower in areas with higher-rated schools.

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