A local toy company is recruiting from the mortgage industry to increase its sales department.  I received one of these recruiting calls.  I sort of giggled to myself..."this is a change in attitude - an industry wants one or several of US".  Presently, mortgage brokers are not that highly regard...
Appraisers must know their stuff! This Ridgefield, CT mortgage broker had an interesting discussion with a local appraiser.  As we all know, banks are ripping apart appraisals like never before...I believe we all know why, but allow me to reiterate...  Appraisers have fewer comparable sales to dr...
I just read an interesting rule of thumb - just like many, it is afterall, COMMON SENSE!  When mortgage payments and property tax equal one's rent, it is time to buy!  Of course...such easy logic.  I have mentioned this to several realtor and they have said, "oh yeah......" I'll pass this along. ...
  "The sales of existing single-family homes jumped 3.1% in July due to strong sales in markets that previously have seen substantial price declines, such as Ft. Myers, Fla., Sacramento, Calif., and Las Vegas." Why do you think this is so????   Finally home prices in this area dropped to what the...
By Brad Finkelstein   Very interesting piece...   A report from Fannie Mae finds that 23% of all the fraudulent loans originated in 2006-2007 come from the top 10 ZIP codes nationwide.The report, issued in May 2008, breaks down the information by the first three digits of a ZIP code. The to 10 ci...
I think the sentiment and the expression are one says...a picture is worth a thousand words...(not however, if you are into Active Rain points!)  It's also funny that at first I just posted this picture without any sort of comment - I received more comments than I have when I write...
Brad Finkelstein reports, "Average home sales prices in New York City actually increased by 12% in the second quarter 2008 over the same period in 2007, according to a report from, a website managed by the Real Estate Board of New York. The report tracks the sales prices of bot...
As a mortgage broker here in lovely Ridgefield, CT, I have received numerous phone calls from homeowners who have taken out HELOCs - home equity lines only to find after only using a portion of the HELOC, their bank tells them, "WHOA" - no more checks to be written against this loan.  With the de...
Great Advice from the "Dog Pound" onlineBesides food, daily walks are the other essential ingredient in a dog's world. Many of our loyal companions crave walking as much as eating, but sweltering summer heat can be disruptive to them - and even pose danger - as they go about their daily exercise ...
The Real Estate Analyst Guide advises...                                                               To Help your Business Thrive...How do you grab prospective client's attention, arouse their interest, trigger their desire, and motivate them to take action? Answer that four-part question corre...

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