Natural disasters, from hurricanes to tornadoes, can strike at any time. Is
your family prepared to weather the storm?
Overseeing a homeowner association’s finances to ensure proper maintenance of
the common elements is a fundamental responsibility of the board. Following a
properly prepared reserve study is a big piece of that puzzle. But how does the
board know how much money to set aside in reserves each year?
New images show what Amazon’s
proposed towers might look like:
Short Sale percentages by state:
Starting in June, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac owned loans may receive short sale responses within 30-60 days:
Weekly round up of articles:
Lowball offers not sticking in our rebounding market:
30-year fixed rate rises, but stays near record low keeping home buying and refinancing affordable:
5 quick takeaways from the National Mortgage Settlement:
Thinking of remodeling? Check this list first:
Overall ‘good feeling’ in the marketplace:
- Loan modifications, including
principal reduction of both first and second mortgages. Banks must provide up to $17 billion in principal reduction and other forms of loan modification.
- Homeowners who are current on
their mortgages, but are upside down in equity. Borrowers in this category can refinance at today’s historically low interest rates. Up to $3 billion of
the settlement is targeted to this segment of borrowers.
- Borrowers who lost their homes to
foreclosure. Up to $1.5 billion of the settlement will go to 750,000 former homeowners. These claims are estimated to be approximately $2,000 per household. And these individuals may continue with their private claims against the banks and they retain their right to participate in future reviews – so they can pursue future action against their former lenders.
contacting the banks for more information.
- Ally /GMAC……………………… 800-766-4622
- Bank ofAmerica………………… 877-488-7814
- JPMorgan Chase……………….. 866-372-6901
- Wells Fargo……………………… 800-288-3212
This toll-free line – 1-888-995-4673 – also offers additional information.
I have been hearing/fielding questions about the HARP 2 program… reaching out to some of my lenders I found that many do not/did not have any informaiotn about the program. answers ranging from “we don’t know much yet” or “we are waiting for corporate” came from them. And, these lenders do a GREAT job for my clients. But, I want someone to go above and beyond. To seek out and turn over rocks to get to the bottom of these programs, so that potential clients can use them.
SO, I tweeted Dan Keller last night about HARP 2. He tweeted back right away with a link to his blog:
it is great. full of info. he also sent a HARP 2 ebook that had even MORE helpful info.
So thanks Dan. I appreciate a lender that goes above and beyond where others just sit and wait.
It’s that time of year again… tax season! my goal every year is to file on time… well that did not happen for business (due March 15thish) and won’t happen for personal. here is the best of what I can find for tax articles this year:
Home sweet homeowner tax breaks:
Mortgage Interest Deduction: This term has been splashed across the front pages of many media outlets. What is it and what does it mean for today’s homeowners?
IRS Tax Tips of 2012
Forbes 2012 Tax Guide
I have book keepers and accountants that I can pass along if you need that information as well. 🙂
here are recent links that you may find interesting:
Rising rents could signal housing market strength:
Seattle makes Forbes list of ‘cities with the most new
construction’ (a leading indicator of positive economic activity):
FHA refinancing fee cut for current borrowers:
Seattle ranked one of the best metropolitan areas to buy short sales and foreclosures:
Mukilteo makes the list for Top 10 Places to Live:
I find this very interesting and wonder if prices on the Amazon site will be the same as the store. And what kind of items will they have? mostly electronics or those great baby diaper deals I get every month? Amazon planning first brick-and-mortar store in Seattle:
This will be intersting to see if it will really “work” for people or not, or is just for those few borrowers that take action. Obama’s $3.8 trillion budget unveiled:
What is CoreScore – new credit report enters the scene:
Surprise surprise! Kitchens sell a house:
An easy explanation of the “Life of an Escrow” once mutual acceptance is reached:
I was reading an article the other day about how, in some parts of the country, the economy – while still challenged – is beginning to see signs of improvement.
In Seattle, Washington, for instance, orders for Boeing planes have jumped dramatically in the past 2 months. Nordstrom increased its profit by 7% in the third quarter. Starbucks is reinvesting cash into roasting and repackaging plants. A survey of business leaders indicates that they intend to begin hiring again in 2012.
What I find interesting is that for many of us, it’s easier to listen to – and read about – the bad news, rather than actively seek out good news. I’ve decided to seek out good news about our local economy and here’s what I’m finding:
Snapshot of 2011’s housing market:
The changing face of town houses:
New refinance plan in the works:
10 BIG tax deductions many of us miss:
An easy explanation of ‘who pays for what’ in a real estate transaction:
If you are thinking about selling your home anytime in the near future, there are many things you need to think about when choosing an agent – everything from the market research they do in helping determine a fair market price for your property to developing a marketing plan that will drive traffic to your home. One of the key items to consider is online marketing.
How important is strong online marketing? The National Association of REALTORS® reports in 2011, 35% of home buyers took the first step in looking for a properties online. They took this step even before talking with an agent. A full 88% percent of buyers used the internet to search for properties last year. This number dropped a little bit in 2011 from the all-time high of 90% due to an older generation of buyers in the market last year. Overall, the internet and real estate agents have remained the two highest-ranking sources by usefulness reported by buyers last year.
Another shocking figure is that in 2001, only 8% of buyers found the home they ultimately purchased on the internet. Today that number is 40%. That is an amazingly high number.
What does all this mean for you if you are selling your home? As a seller you must work with an agent who understands the vast power of the internet. Everything from professional photography to virtual tours and syndication.
Most of my buyers begin their search online- months ahead of actually attending an open house or physically touring a home. It is so important to look good online!
Syndication refers to the placement of your property information on a wide variety of websites where buyers search. This includes not only the websites of the agents and the company the agent is affiliated with, but the MLS which makes the property information available to all agents in that marketplace and beyond, as well as websites such as Yahoo Real Estate, Zillow, Trulia, Craigslist, and dozens upon dozens of other websites buyers use on a regular basis.
Statistics compiled from the National Association of REALTORS® Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers 2011.