Appraisal hypocrisy hits home

Before the mortgage meltdown and the resulting Great Recession, you paid a reasonable price for an appraisal, and your loan officer typically received a reasonable opinion of value that led to your purchase or refinance getting funded. Not so much anymore. Swift and furious post-crisis reaction from regulators gave birth …

Best Sellers – The New York Times

December 21, 2014 COMBINED PRINT & E-BOOK FICTION GRAY MOUNTAIN, by John Grisham THE ESCAPE, by David Baldacci TOM CLANCY: FULL FORCE AND EFFECT, by Mark Greaney HOPE TO DIE, by James Patterson THE BURNING ROOM, by Michael Connelly COMBINED PRINT & E-BOOK NONFICTION UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand KILLING PATTON, by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard HUMANS …

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014

Today is Saturday, Dec. 20, the 354th day of 2014 with 11 to follow. The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter and Saturn. Evening stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Those born on this date are under the sign of Sagittarius. They include author and decorator Elsie de …