Words matter. Wars have started over them; people are propelled to act because of them. And it appears that the marketing-time of houses might be determined by them, too. At least in part... As listings grow old, and frustrated sellers are jostling for an edge, perhaps it is time to review the la...
Those Who Wait Will Pay Thousands More This Spring Waiting a few extra days or weeks to purchase a home this spring could cost buyers thousands of extra dollars as the office of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) implements several changes for loans guaranteed by the Federal Housing Authority (F...
New HUD Policy Created to Allow Quicker Foreclosure Re-sales! Effective February 1, 2010 the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will relax FHA rules that prohibit insuring mortgages on homes that are owned by the seller for less than 90 days - a move that could help expedite the re...
Telling the sellers the price they want to hear might get you the listing, but it won't sell the house. Have you been to a listing appointment where you felt intimidated by the sellers pressuring you on the price they want to get for their property? The absolute best antidote and basis for an hon...
In this ancient little village outside a major city in Europe, we came across....   ... private homes and a school building sporting SOLAR PANELS! Nice! If you are interested in learning about how one city in Southern Germany - as an example - is committed to sutainability, here is an interestin...
Ten Tips for  How To Go Greener  : We all need to do our part conserving our precious natural resources. At Prudential Jack White Vista Real Estate we have introduced a rigorous program of REUSE, REDUCE and RECYCLE. Our family is trying to do the same at home. Going green in Alaska goes a long wa...
Mortgage Interest rates are near historic lows... Home-price affordability is near hstoric highs.... And Congress has extended the first-time homebuyer tax credit, AND created a bew tax credit for existing homeowners. It is a historic time for anyone considering homeownership. The Federal Home Bu...
National Association of Realtors NAR Update: Help for Haiti Not all Real Estate Professionals are members of NAR, hence I thought it of interest for everyone to know about the commitment to help Haitians that NAR has put forth. Here is the letter from Vicki Cox Golder, NAR's 2010 President: Dear ...
The Federal Housing Administration will raise the minimum down payment requirement for the least credit-worthy borrowers with credit-rating scores below 580 to at least 10 per cent. Borrowers with a credit score baove 580 willbe able to continue to put down only 3.5%. FHA will also increase its u...
Alaska Employment Alaska offers a number of employment opportunities. For detailed information and assistance in finding employment in the state of Alaska you can contact the following agencies. When it comes to finding a home, or need information on what the housing market in Anchorage looks lik...

Marianne Grant, Realtor

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