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My Top 10 Moments of 2015       Want to take a quick trip down (recent) memory lane AND get some of those coveted AR points?  Check out Karen Fiddler's quick end-of-year blog contest.      Some parts of 2015 seem like forever ago, and it's hard to put together a top 10 with so much going on, but ...
Paying it Forward in Southern California       I struggle with RAK's (Random Acts of Kindness), charity, and "giving back".  Not the acts themselves, but talking about them.  I don't believe acts of kindness or good will toward others should be viewed upon as "doing the right thing" or anything t...
How Does the Fed's Move Affect Mortgages?       There are only 2 answers to this question that leave no room for debate - "it doesn't" and "we'll see".  Informative, right?  The reality of the Fed's December decision to raise the Fed funds rate for the first time in nearly a decade has been expec...
ActiveRain Milestone - 500,000       I've come a long way since writing my first post back in 2010.  I've moved across the country, changed employers (only recently...I'm not a nomad by trade), and have seen a wild ride in the real estate market.  I also learned to blog (kind of), have met a ton ...
Why Loan Limits Didn't Increase More for 2016       Recently I blogged about the coming conventional loan limit increases planned for 2016.  There were plenty of counties in a handful of states that saw improvements in allowable loan amounts, but a lot of people seemed to be wondering why their a...
A Small Industry Victory       It's become pretty clear that congress has discovered a seemingly bottomless piggybank in the form of the mortgage & housing industries, and since the market meltdown in 2008, there have been countless instances of reforms stripping tax paying home owners, home buye...
Loan Limits Increased for 2016      Loan limits for conventional loans will be increased across several states and counties in an effort to keep financing options on pace with home values.  While the list of counties where increases will take place is not too extensive (only 5 states will see inc...


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