Tool to help underwater homeowners
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It's tricky, if not impossible, to predict when housing prices will return to "normal." Maybe this is normal. But Lew Sichelman writes in our Realty Q&A column that there are calculators designed to help struggling homeowners figure out how far underwater they are on their mortgages and when they might resurface.
Also on MarketWatch, we have several great investment columns, plus a piece from Mark Hulbert on the outlook for gold. Some day, he writes, gold will wake up from its dreary listless state and take off. If contrarian analysis is right, that day will come sooner rather than later.
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Tool helps underwater homeowners assess options
A new calculator tells upside-down owners how long it will take to reach a point where what they owe on their loans is once again less than what their homes are worth, Lew Sichelman writes.Read more: Tools help underwater homeowners assess options
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China second-quarter growth cools to 7.6%
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Intelligent bet remains on gold
Some day, gold will wake up from its dreary, listless state and take off.Read more: Intelligent bet remains on gold.
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