monday articles

Natural disasters, from hurricanes to tornadoes, can strike at any time. Is
your family prepared to weather the storm?

Full Story: http://realtytimes.com/rtpages/20120502_emergencies.htm

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?

Full Story: http://realtytimes.com/rtpages/20120502_hoafinances.htm

New images show what Amazon’s
proposed towers might look like:

Full Story: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/technologybrierdudleysblog/2018140639_new_amazons_amazing_new_seattl.html?prmid=4939

 

Short Sale percentages by state:

Full Story: http://www.kcmblog.com/2012/04/27/short-sale-percentages-by-state/

 

Starting in June, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac owned loans may receive short sale responses within 30-60 days:

Full Story: http://www.washingtonpost.com/realestate/short-sellers-may-benefit-from-policy-change/2012/04/26/gIQAGseVmT_story.html?socialreader_check=0&denied=1

 

 

 

Posted on May 8, 2012 at 3:49 am
Dorae Lande | Category: Uncategorized

Month’s supply of inventory, March 31st, 2012 King/Snohomish Counties

Posted on May 2, 2012 at 9:22 pm
Dorae Lande | Category: market stats, Uncategorized | Tagged , ,

Monday articles

Weekly round up of articles:

 

Lowball offers not sticking in our rebounding market:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/realestate/2017996700_harney22.html#.T5LefrwijuR.facebook

 

30-year fixed rate rises, but stays near record low keeping home buying and refinancing affordable:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38770102/ns/business-real_estate/

 

5 quick takeaways from the National Mortgage Settlement:

http://www.realtor.org/articles/5-quick-takeaways-national-mortgage-settlement

 

Thinking of remodeling?  Check this list first:

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/6-worst-home-fixes-money-070151422.html

 

Overall ‘good feeling’ in the marketplace:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2017991284_homesales16.html

Posted on April 30, 2012 at 2:46 pm
Dorae Lande | Category: Uncategorized

Are you entitled to a piece of the $26,000,000,000 Mortgage Settlement Pie?

Many of my clients have asked about the recent settlement by several of the biggest mortgage lenders and what it could mean for their bottom line. This is an historic settlement, representing the largest consumer financial protection settlement in history.
What do you need to know about the $26,000,000,000 settlement?
The five lenders involved in the settlement include Ally/GMAC, Bank of America, Citi, JP Morgan Chase, and Wells Fargo.
The settlement provides relief for three categories of homeowners:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

 

There is no cost to homeowners or borrowers to participate in the settlement.
Settlement negotiators will be selecting administrators to oversee the settlement, handle logistical details, and monitor compliance with the terms of the settlement.
This step of the process is expected to take 30 to 60 days. In the following six to nine months, three groups – the attorney generals of the 49 states (Oklahoma is not participating), the mortgage servicers, and the settlement administrator – will identify homeowners eligible for a settlement. Depending on which category the individuals fall in, that settlement will be in the form of immediate cash payments, principal reduction, and refinancing.
Eligible homeowners should be contacted by the five participating banks. However, individuals who are interested or concerned may wish to initiate the process by
contacting the banks for more information.
  • Ally /GMAC……………………… 800-766-4622
  • Bank ofAmerica………………… 877-488-7814
  • Citi…………………………………..  866-272-4749
  • JPMorgan Chase……………….. 866-372-6901
  • Wells Fargo……………………… 800-288-3212

 

If you lost your home due to foreclosure between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2011 a settlement administrator will be in contact regarding restitution. Some people may be difficult to locate, perhaps because they’ve made several moves and/or they don’t have a permanent place of address. Those people can contact their state’s Attorney General’s office. If you’re not sure who that is, go to www.NAAG.org, and click on “The Attorney General”. Scroll to the map of the United States, and hover over the black square located on your state. The contact information for your Attorney General will appear in a pop-up box. It’s important to note that the settlement applies only to loans currently owned or serviced by the five participating banks. If a loan is currently owned by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, an individual is not eligible under the terms of the settlement.
Is your loan held by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac? Find out by visiting these two websites or give me a call at 425-870-3657 : http://www.fanniemac.loanlookup
and http://www.freddiemac.com/mymortgage
If a loan is held by one of these organizations there are links on the site that direct individuals to information about programs they may be able to participate in.
This toll-free line – 1-888-995-4673 – also offers additional information.
Give me a call and we can talk over the details. 🙂
-Dorae
Additional resources on the mortgage settlement can be located at:  www.HUD.gov, and www.DOJ.gov.
Source material for this article came from www.nationalmortgagesettlement.com.
Posted on April 26, 2012 at 10:09 pm
Dorae Lande | Category: Uncategorized

HARP 2

 

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:

http://mymortgageguydan.com/2012/01/11/making-home-affordable-harp-2-0-refinance-for-washington-state-homes/

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.

Posted on April 18, 2012 at 4:12 am
Dorae Lande | Category: Uncategorized

Tax advatages for home owners

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:

http://www.bankrate.com/finance/taxes/home-sweet-homeowner-tax-breaks-1.aspx

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?

http://realtytimes.com/rtpages/20120320_mtginterest.htm

IRS Tax Tips of 2012

http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/content/0,,id=104608,00.html

Forbes 2012 Tax Guide

http://www.forbes.com/sites/janetnovack/2012/03/23/the-forbes-2012-tax-guide/

 

I have book keepers and accountants that I can pass along if you need that information as well.  🙂

Posted on March 28, 2012 at 5:24 am
Dorae Lande | Category: Uncategorized

Links!

here are recent links that you may find interesting:
Rising rents could signal housing market strength:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/realestate/2017770789_realrents18.html

 

Seattle makes Forbes list of ‘cities with the most new
construction’ (a leading indicator of positive economic activity):

http://www.forbes.com/sites/morganbrennan/2012/03/16/cities-with-the-most-new-construction/

 

FHA refinancing fee cut for current borrowers:

http://realtytimes.com/rtpages/20120308_fhafees.htm

 

Seattle ranked one of the best metropolitan areas to buy short sales and foreclosures:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2017631068_localforeclosuer01.html#.T0_5RaCSwAo.facebook
Mukilteo makes the list for Top 10 Places to Live:

http://realtytimes.com/rtpages/20120301_placestolive.htm

Posted on March 28, 2012 at 5:10 am
Dorae Lande | Category: Uncategorized

Weekly article round up

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:

http://www.king5.com/news/technology/Amazon-planning-first-brick-and-mortar-store-in-Seattle-138861824.html

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:

http://www.king5.com/home/Obama-debuts-new-refinancing-plan-138504529.html

 What is CoreScore – new credit report enters the scene:

http://www.moneycrashers.com/corescore-credit-report-corelogic/

Surprise surprise! Kitchens sell a house:

http://realtytimes.com/rtpages/20120124_kitchens.htm

An easy explanation of the “Life of an Escrow” once mutual acceptance is reached:

http://www.cwtitle.net/index.cfm?fuseaction=page.display&page_id=107

Dorae

Posted on February 17, 2012 at 9:30 pm
Dorae Lande | Category: Uncategorized

Weekly Seattle/Eastside Real Estate market article round up

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:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/realestate/2017397721_realannual05.html

 The changing face of town houses:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/realestate/2017345743_realtownhomes29.html

New refinance plan in the works:

http://www.king5.com/home/Obama-debuts-new-refinancing-plan-138504529.html

10 BIG tax deductions many of us miss:

http://money.msn.com/taxes/10-big-deductions-too-many-of-us-miss-5

An easy explanation of ‘who pays for what’ in a real estate transaction:

http://www.cwtitle.net/index.cfm?fuseaction=page.display&page_id=107

Posted on February 9, 2012 at 4:51 am
Dorae Lande | Category: Uncategorized

Online Property Marketing – Crucial for your Selling Success

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.

Posted on February 8, 2012 at 11:33 pm
Dorae Lande | Category: Uncategorized