real estate: New real estate industry inside information website - do you love it or hate it? - 07/19/08 08:19 AM

A new CONTROVERSIAL web site created by a Real Estate Agent Trainer and Motivational Speaker tells the public how the Real Estate Industry really works.  This is the first time many of these things have been said.
He is seeking requests from the public for screened experts, and he will refer business to screened experts.   Feel free to contact him if you wish to sign up!!!!
That is only 2% of the real estate industry according to his stringent requirements. 
As a mortgage broker, we take a beating when the economy or housing market go down, or when the wind blows wrong.  … (2 comments)

real estate: How long after a house is listed should the phone start ringing? - 04/07/08 04:37 AM
I have a customer who listed a very nice house for sale over a week ago (450k price range) in Chester County, PA and there has not been a call for a showing yet.  Is this normal or a bad sign?  He was expecting some reaction, even with the down market, especially because it's spring and his blossoming landscaping looks even better!
 What is the average amount of showings in a month for a house in this range in the suburbs? 

real estate: Bethlehem PA voted #1 place to live in Pennsylvania for 2nd year straight - 03/31/08 04:35 AM
Money Magazine's Annual Top 100 Places to Live is now Top 100 Places to Live and Launch a business.
Bethlehem PA was ranked #58 in the USA and was the highest PA city on the list.  They call it a "Business-friendly environment in a university town". 
They note: "Low real estate prices (the median home price hovers around $160,000) make it a popular bedroom community for the larger cities, but also an advantageous spot to launch. Hiking and biking trails wind through several parks, and the Lehigh River provides opportunities for boating and fishing."Speaking from experience, homes under $250,000 are plentiful and sell pretty … (2 comments)

real estate: Mortgage Pro Week in review 3/24 to 3/30 - 03/31/08 03:00 AM
This is my first time writing the Week in Review.  Thank you Jeff for the opportunity.  In perusing through the blogs from the week I learned some new things and was inspired from the articles below. 
Better Insurance Rates by Keith Goodman- This was very informative, specific, and relevant to a broad audience of all pros and all home buyers.
Current mortgage rates-which way are we headed? by Paul McFadden  - Well written and he sums it up nicely: "...listen to their mortgage professionals about when to lock in a rate. It's too tough to predict precisely when rates will be ideal to refinance … (5 comments)

real estate: Real estate scam using mortgage contingency clause - 03/15/08 12:53 AM
Something like this happened to a customer....  
The sellers pack all their things to get ready to move.  They have utilities all ready to be switched, other services are canceled, and the new house all ready to go as well.
The sellers, a nice family with three young children, are relocating to a new school district.  That is all lined up also.
Then, at the last minute, maybe even when the movers are there, there is call:
"I have bad news, we have a problem, the buyers of your home could not obtain their mortgage...yes they had a commitment but the loan guidelines changed, or something the … (20 comments)

real estate: Are old houses a mistake to buy? - 02/04/08 03:25 AM
I really want to buy a house in Historic Bethlehem.  The problem is there are 2 houses on the market.  One is $200,000 overpriced (what is the agent thinking listing it for $800k when comps from the peak of the market sold at $650k?) and the other one has not been updated ever.
Help.  This Victorian House was built in 1875.  It is overpriced too, but not like the other one.   It has the original hardwood floors.  There are gaps between the boards, so it all needs to be redone.  The 1st floor and grounds are beautiful!  The 2nd floor has crooked floors and … (16 comments)

real estate: The need for title insurance - 01/28/08 04:42 AM
I think title companies add a lot of value and deserve to be paid for what they do.  Title searches are very important.  I just see people shelling out $2000-$3000 for title insurance and have never heard of a claim filed against a house where the title insurance was needed. 
Is it too expensive for those with high priced homes? 
It is typically the highest closing cost. 
Should it be optional if the title search is clean? 
Is it required in all states?
I'd like to hear others thoughts on it.

Christine Thierry, CRMS (Allegiance Mortgage Services)

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