Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 at
FHA Extends 90-Day Anti-Flip Waiver
The anti-flip waiver extension is good news for the housing market. This ruling is especially favorable for investors, who buy foreclosed or distressed properties the ability to buy, fix and resell without a waiting period.
The previous ruling required investors to own properties for more than 90 days so as to prevent flipping simultaneously from one buyer to another. This manner of flipping in some situations caused unsuspecting buyers to pay more than the properties were actually worth.
The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will suspend it’s anti-flipping rule for another year in hopes Read the rest of this entry
Friday, January 28th, 2011 at
A recent survey conducted by Mortgage Marvel, a nationwide online mortgage-shopping service showed that Californians have the highest credit scores on average across the country. This is almost hard to believe as we also have a large number of foreclosures. If you look at the population in California, ti is the highest of any State and that may be the reason. It is all in how the numbers are crunched.
The average credit score in California is 755, 20 points higher than the national average. Hawaii came in second at 752, and next in line is Oregon with an average score of 751. All 3 areas are relatively close in the scores.
The Southeast region showed the lowest credit score rating with Mississippi being the lowest with a score of 695. All in all considering the economy and the hardships many have endured over the past few years, these credit scores are not that bad. According to many loan officers I speak with a credit score is the 700’s is pretty decent, and those in the mid to high 600’s can still get a mortgage loan.
Thursday, January 27th, 2011 at
It seems as though whenever people fall on tough times, it brings the worst out in some greedy individuals and the foreclosure crisis is no exception. We have seen a number of scams from people who claim they can help you save your home, when in fact they are trying to profit at our expense. The California Association of Realtors produced a list of items that should send up a red flag if you are approached by “the foreclosure rescuer”.
Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 at
The “keep your home program” received nearly $2 billion in federal funds to help struggling California families pay their mortgage and stay in their homes. The California Housing Finance Agency is handling this program.
The program officially launched this month January 2011. Depending on the circumstances, you may be eligible for up to $3,000 in assistance to help pay your mortgage. The term is six months with the expectation that you will be employed at the end of this time frame. Read the rest of this entry
Monday, January 24th, 2011 at
What is the difference between a Realtor® and a Licensed Real Estate Agent
I am glad you asked. Many people think they are no differences when in fact there is a huge difference.
A Realtor belong to the National Association of Realtors®, and the local board of Realtors. Realtors abide by a code of ethics and as such are held to higher standards. As part of our membership, we are alerted on new laws affecting real estate, access to legal assistance, market updates, news and so much more.
17 things that a REALTOR® promises to do: Read the rest of this entry