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HARPING ON HARP REFINANCES   Our beloved government did several things to help housing recover from the collapse... Yes, it is possible they can do something well for us. One of the best things they did was the Home Affordable Refinance Program. (I know, wouldn't affordable home refinance be a be...
BUYING A HOME AFTER FORECLOSURE/SHORT SALE   The housing collapse/financial crisis of the last few years affected many home owners. Still our economy is struggling to recover. I get many calls now from folks who want to know when they can buy a home after they suffered a foreclosure/short sale. T...
  THIS FORT THOMAS LIBRARY JUST FOR KIDS! Each time I walk down one street in Ft Thomas I'm reminded of what a great idea this is. The home owner built a library of kids' books where kids on the street can check out a book and return it. What a great way to keep kids interested in reading and a g...
  STEP ONE - CALL YOUR LENDER There is no step two or three without... step one - call your lender. It seems week in and week out I get calls from potential or hopeful home buyers who have been actually viewing homes (sometimes writing a contract) with no idea of what they WANT to spend. When buy...
EXPENSIVE HOMES ARE SELLING! According to a USA Today article this week expensive homes are selling. The article  headline is actually "Existing home sales up 4.9%". One can come to a different conclusion, but this article makes clear to me that the term income inequality it is evident in these n...
FHA/HUD CAN ONLY BLAME THEMSELVES   I read today that FHA loans are down 53% from last year in the first quarter. HUD (FHA) like other loan guarantors was hit hard with foreclosures over the last few years. Their remedy to bring money into the coffers has been to increase the monthly MI rate from...
AFFILIATED BUSINESS ARRANGEMENTS AND THE CFPB       The cfpb is taking issue with another real estate company's affiliated business arrangement with a title company.  I've done a few blogs about one stop shopping. The cfpb is paying attention now to whether home buyers are being fully advised as ...
WHY DON'T HOME BUYERS LISTEN TO THEIR REAL ESTATE AGENT?   I spoke with an agent this afternoon who said she could not get her home buyer to consider options other than the lender they always use. This happens to be a lender who advertises low closing costs. My comment was "ask them if they like ...
MORTGAGE LOAN SHOPPING GLITZ AND GLAMOUR When shopping for a  home mortgage loan how easy is it to fall for glitz and glamour?  I've been in my industry for quite some time now and I have seen companies come and go. More particularly I've seen loan officers who went beyond the bus stop benches to...
SHOP TILL YOU DROP FOR A HOME MORTGAGE LOAN     We're all are familiar with the term "shop till you drop". When you are looking for personal items that can be a fun adventure. When you are shopping for a  home mortgage loan, however, shop till you drop can be a bad idea. Everyone wants to do a th...

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