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Articles From James K. Weston

Could a “Clunker” Program Solve the Real Estate Lending Problem?

By James K. Weston
October
2009
Column
Page 530
How about letting homeowners trade in their high-interest mortgages for fixed-term models?

Missing Mortgage Funds and a Notary Conflict

By James K. Weston
July
2009
Column
Page 372
Financial institutions seem to be hoarding bailout money, not lending it.

Real Estate on Hold

By James K. Weston
April
2009
Column
Page 206
The real-estate market, still frozen by fear, is producing few opportunities.

New RESPA Regulation Finally Arrives

By James K. Weston
January
2009
Column
Page 52
HUD has finally pushed out its RESPA regs. Here's an at-a-glance review.

The New RESPA Regulation

By James K. Weston
October
2008
Column
Page 532
The Federal Reserve finally issues a new RESPA rule.

“Law-Related Service,” New RESPA Forms

By James K. Weston
April
2008
Column
Page 212
Real estate lawyers worry about proposed changes in the rules governing "law-related service."

Predatory Lending Laws: The Next, Not Last, Step

By James K. Weston
January
2008
Column
Page 50
New laws expand the prohibitions on predatory lending.

Predatory Lending: The Continuing Saga

By James K. Weston
October
2007
Column
Page 554
A new bill would redefine yet again the Illinois' anti-predatory-lending law.

Legislative Developments for Real Estate Lawyers

By James K. Weston
July
2007
Column
Page 384
Mortgage fraud and bifurcated closings were among the issues for this year's General Assembly.

The Mortgage Rescue Fraud Act

By James K. Weston
January
2007
Column
Page 52
This law, effective January 1, is designed to protect soon-tobe-forclosed landowners from a "rescue" scam.

The Predatory Lending Database Has Arrived

By James K. Weston
October
2006
Column
Page 560
Illinois' anti-mortgage-fraud program debuted September 1. Will it fulfill its intended purpose?

The Latest on Predatory Lending Legislation

By James K. Weston
July
2006
Column
Page 380
Concerns persist about this anti-redlining program.

Predatory Lending, Notary Fraud

By James K. Weston
April
2006
Column
Page 204
Illinois' predatory lending law gets off to a slow start, and notary fraud arrives on legislators' radar screens.

Predatory Lending Database Pilot Program

By James K. Weston
January
2006
Column
Page 44
A well-intentional law armed at predatory lending puts title companies and lawyers at risk, the author argues

RESPA – Here We Go Again?

By James K. Weston
October
2005
Column
Page 540
 Is HUD trying once again to amend the RESPA statute by regulation?

The Rental Housing Support Program Act’s Non-Deductible Charitable Donation

By James K. Weston
July
2005
Column
Page 366
Effective July 1, a new law requires counties to charge an extra $10 for every real estate document they record.

Reducing Real Estate Fraud – Thumbprints and How Much More?

By James K. Weston
April
2005
Column
Page 208
Two different bills requiring notaries to maintain logbooks and record thumbprints are introduced this session.

Update on Real Estate Tax Law Changes

By James K. Weston
January
2005
Column
Page 44
Here's a summary of some of the many recent changes in real estate taxation.

A better way to fight fraud is under your thumb

By James K. Weston
October
2004
Column
Page 542
Let's amend the notary law to require a thumbprint with the signature.

A New Look for Closings Comes to Local Title Offices

By James K. Weston
January
2004
Article
Page 43
A new law allows a title insurance company to file a certificate of release for any paid-off mortgage.

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