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FHFA: HARP Refinances Drop in February

Amid continued rising home prices and rising mortgage rates, the number of refinances achieved through the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) is declining, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). Even a slight drop in mortgage rates to 4.3 percent for the month did not bolster February's HARP refinances.

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Mortgage Rates Increase Slightly to 4.33%

The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate came up to 4.33 percent (0.6 point) for the week ending April 24, up from 4.27 percent in the previous week, according to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey. Last year, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.40 percent, almost a full point lower. The 15-year FRM this week averaged 3.39 percent (0.6 point), moving up from 3.33 percent.

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Massachusetts Home Sales Decrease from Low Inventory

For four out of the last five months, single-family home sales have decreased in the Bay State. This trend is seen by some as a simple problem in availability. Timothy J. Warren Jr., CEO of The Warren Group said, "The low inventory of single-family homes in the market is the primary cause of the decreasing sales activity."

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Always Compare Quotes from Various Agents for Home Insurance

Posted by Michael Collins, CDPE, SFR, BPOR on April 24, 2014 at 10:55am 0 Comments

Should You Compare Quotes from Various Agents for Home Insurance?

Don’t be fooled by funny commercials and catchy slogans; insurance is quite complicated.  Varying levels of coverage, locations and other factors make insurance policies very different from one provider to the next.  That is why it is so important to compare various quotes from different insurance agents.

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Wisconsin March 2014 Housing Statistics

Posted by Michael Collins, CDPE, SFR, BPOR on April 23, 2014 at 9:47am 0 Comments

The Wisconsin housing statistics are in for March of 2014. Here is an excerpt from what the Wisconsin Realtors® Association (WRA) had to say:

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FREE Short Sale Websites

Posted by Mike Linkenauger on April 22, 2014 at 11:00am 0 Comments

OK, so I know its a little late in the game to get into short sales and start a site, but it is just a reality that short sales will continue to take up 15%-30% of the market in most areas of the country for YEARS to come. These premium domain names will help you stand out from the CROWD of other agents out there who do short sales!

LETS MAKE A DEAL! If you can use one of these domain names, we can even give you a short sale website for FREE with it, and you will OWN…

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Short Sales in Florida

Posted by Rebecca Kitkowski on April 10, 2014 at 9:37am 1 Comment

Has anyone had experience trying to get a bank to accept a short sale when the only hardship is that the seller/owner is so far under water that they will take years to have any equity in the house? This was in an area built right before the market crashed and the number of foreclosures has been significant. This family would like to move back to the state they came from to be near relatives.

The Right Way to Investigate Your New Neighborhood

Posted by Michael Collins, CDPE, SFR, BPOR on April 1, 2014 at 10:35am 0 Comments

The Right Way to Investigate Your New Neighborhood

The house looks perfect and it has all the features you need.  The location is convenient for your needs and there really is nothing standing in the way of buying this particular property.  STOP.  Don’t buy the house until you do one thing; investigate your new potential neighbors.  Here are some tips for finding out the…

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•Short Sale Tip - How To Get Your Voice Mail Heard FIRST!!•

Posted by Ben Benita on March 28, 2014 at 7:17pm 0 Comments

When leaving a message, ALWAYS hit the "#" sign after your message.

Not all, but most messaging systems will allow you to mark your message as "urgent" after you do this.

What does this mean?

When marked as "urgent", your…

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