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Archive | October, 2011

It's Simple: Now Is the Time to Buy a Home




“The millionaire says to a thousand people, ‘I read this book and it started me on the road to wealth.’ Guess how many go out and get the book? Very few. Isn't that incredible? Why wouldn't everyone get the book? A mystery of life.” – Jim Rohn

Mr. Rohn explains that if we want to make the right financial decisions in our lives, we should depend on the same sources the wealthy read. This past month four different iconic financial resources said the same thing:

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Short Summary on Short Sales [INFOGRAPHIC]




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Underwater Refinance Program Expanded




At a campaign stop in Nevada on Monday, President Obama announced an expansion of the HARP (Home Affordable Refinance Program) which would eliminate the current maximum LTV of 125%. The initiative is being looked at as a way to reward those homeowners who have been good payers of their mortgages but, because of declining home values, they could not take advantage of today’s lower interest rates.

While the actual details on the program will not be released until next month, here’s the buzz:

  • It will only pertain to loans currently being serviced by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac
  • Because of the removal of the LTV cap, appraisals may not be required
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Will the 30 Year Mortgage Disappear?




The federal government is reconsidering their involvement in the home mortgage process. They plan to still 'guarantee' certain mortgages. However, they appear to be redefining what they consider a 'qualified purchaser'. They are discussing stricter lending guidelines in four different areas:

  1. The type of mortgage
  2. The minimum down payment
  3. The debt ratios of the buyer
  4. The FICO score of the purchaser

Today, we want to look at #1.

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Tips for Short Sale Success: Do Not Forget the Buyer




We are again honored to have Christopher Reale, Director of Short Sale Operations at Lepizzera and Laprocina Title and Escrow Services, as today’s guest blogger. He is an expert on the short sale process and will share his knowledge with us on a regular basis. – The KCM Crew

Short sale success does not stop at educating the seller as to their loss of mitigation options and then successfully negotiating with the seller’s bank to accept a short payoff. Today’s complex real estate market warrants more. Having negotiated over 1000 successful short sales, we have found one aspect of the short sale process that needs serious attention: Educating the buyer regarding the proper short sale procedures.

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