This July 10, 2014 photo shows a house with sale pending sign in Quincy, Mass. The National Association of Realtors releases pending home sales index for July on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) ** Usable by LA, DC, CGT and CCT Only **
Michael Dwyer This July 10, 2014 photo shows a house with sale pending sign in Quincy, Mass. The National Association of Realtors releases pending home sales index for July on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) ** Usable by LA, DC, CGT and CCT Only **

Real estate columnist Kenneth R. Harney reports that hundreds of thousands of home sellers have had their pockets picked at closings during the last decade: They've been charged interest on their mortgages after their principal debts had been fully paid off. Thanks to a policy switch that was recently made final, charging extra interest payments on loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration will soon be banned.

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