What is a Business Cycle?

The “Books” say an average business cycle is 44.4 months and we have lived through many of them. Some longer than that and some as short as a season in New England.  A business cycle is like the exhibit from our youth…“What makes an ocean wave, wave” at the New England Aquarium.  In the exhibit,Continue reading “What is a Business Cycle?”

How Do We Get the Message Out that Mortgages Are NOT Car Loans?

Here is an interesting article written by Brian Koss of Mortgage Network, Inc. Find out what’s really going on with the industry. There was a time in the late 90’s when all the focus was on getting the manufacturing of mortgages to mirror the manufacturing of car loans. The idea was that technology was theContinue reading “How Do We Get the Message Out that Mortgages Are NOT Car Loans?”

Do I Really Need Title Insurance?

Title insurance is one of the important and least understood aspects of a real estate transaction. There are two types of title insurance; lenders’ coverage and owners’ coverage. Title insurance protects the lender and the owner against all types of title defects and also covers issues such as zoning, access, and protects the lender andContinue reading “Do I Really Need Title Insurance?”

My New Radio Gig

I’ve always wanted to be on the radio.  Host a show or be a DJ playing the hottest and best music!  Well, last month I got to be a guest speaker on a radio talk show called, The Friends of Kevin Radio Show.   The show airs on WSMN in Nashua on Mondays from 11am toContinue reading “My New Radio Gig”

U.S. Mortgage Rates Decline, With 30-Year at a Record-Low 3.56%

Check out this Bloomberg article!  NOW IS THE TIME TO BUY OR REFINANCE!! U.S. mortgage rates dropped, with 30-year loans reaching a record low for a fourth straight week, amid signs of improvement in the housing market. The average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage fell to 3.56 percent in the week ended today, theContinue reading “U.S. Mortgage Rates Decline, With 30-Year at a Record-Low 3.56%”

SELLERS: 5 Musts for Generating Multiple Offers

Selling your home?  Interested in getting multiple offers on your home?  Check out this article from Trulia blogger Tara. As you might have heard by now, multiple offers are the new black. Well – kind of; if your own home is on the market or soon to be, it can seem like you break yourContinue reading “SELLERS: 5 Musts for Generating Multiple Offers”

FHA Streamline Refinance

Do you currently have an FHA mortgage?  And has it not made sense to refinance because of the High Mortgage Insurance Premiums?  Well, FHA just announced that it is going to reduce the Mortgage Insurance fees for current FHA mortgage holders.  But before you get excited, there are some rules to follow. You must haveContinue reading “FHA Streamline Refinance”

Appraisals

An appraisal is a detailed valuation of your home comparing it to other similar homes in your neighborhood in order to find the true value in dollars of your home.  A property owner may have an appraisal made of a specific property to: determine a reasonable offering price in a sale determine the value atContinue reading “Appraisals”

Short Sale vs. Foreclosure

The KCM blog publishes news and information daily about the real estate market.  It’s a great source of what is the hot topic at the moment.  In their blog today, they talk about the Short Sale versus Foreclosure.  The information gives the consumer a better idea of what each of these processes entails. KCM Blog: Continue reading “Short Sale vs. Foreclosure”

Truth in Lending

The History:  The Consumer Credit Protection Act, more commonly known as the Truth-in-Lending Act, went into effect in 1968. The law is intended to protect borrowers from predatory lending by requiring lenders to fully disclose all costs associated with securing a mortgage loan. Prior to the implementation of the act, borrowers routinely were paying considerablyContinue reading “Truth in Lending”