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Mortgage applications surge 32.2 percent March 27, 2009

Filed under: Economy,Good News,Mortgage Information — Rolland @ 3:32 pm
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Wonder where the bottom is?  Found it!

U.S. mortgage applications jumped last week as record low interest rates spurred a surge in demand for home refinancing loans, data from an industry group showed on Wednesday.

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Corporate meltdown leaves renters in limbo March 24, 2009

John L. Scott Real Estate, WA, OR, ID

It is sad when people get run over and railroaded.  The emotional toll spills over into their finances, and leaves people mentally on the down side of things.  Everyday people are losing jobs, cars, homes, valuables.  No doubt this has left many with the feelings of no self worth, embarrassed, and simply lost.  Add on top of that all the negativity in the news, day in and day out, and the stench is like the top of a trash can festering.

When I was a kid, I got to spend a summer with my grandparents.  I adored my grandmother, she was simply perfect.  One day she had a chore for us, clean out the trash cans.  Now, imagine what a trash can in June in Phoenix, Az., must have smelled like it was not nice!  But, we turned it on its side and we used a hose and sprayed it inside and out.  We got all the “big stuff” out first.  It came off pretty easy and it also made the next step much easier.  We got out the scrub brush (with a long handle) and some soapy water and scrubbed it clean.  When we set it upright, amazingly it didn’t smell anymore.

Life right now is pretty much like cleaning out that trash can.  Do you think your life is full of nasty problems that can’t be cleaned?  The credit report isn’t what it used to be or never what you wanted?  Do you feel as though you have no hope and no one out there to help?  Nothing could be further from the truth.  There are over 100 mortgage programs out there that you can qualify under.  Some need stronger work history and lower credit score, while others are geographical based and need no money down.  The list is very long and one of them is right for you!  The first step is to decide for yourself: are you going to allow your fear to dictate to you what your security and stability should be?  This is your year, lets work together to get you into your dream.

Rolland Lawrenz

Chandler, Ariz., police officers confront residents of the Alante at the Islands apartment complex last week at a meeting called to discuss what the renters would do next.

Irvine, Calif.-based Bethany Holdings Group and affiliated companies abandoned dozens of large apartment complexes across the nation, potentially affecting tens of thousands of renters.’s Kari Huus reports.

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Good news; Home sales are up.

Filed under: Economy,Good News — Rolland @ 12:02 am

The February numbers are out and home sales have increased by 5.1%. “Economists said sales, while still at levels not seen since 1997, may finally be coming back to life after declining sharply following the stock market plunge last autumn.” This is the biggest jump since back in July 2003.

First time home buyers are being credited with half of this increase. The word is getting out there and people are understanding that the most important opportunity of their lifetime is now.

Been sitting out there watching and waiting for the bottom? It is here and now, lets get together and make your dream a reality.

Rolland Lawrenz
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Use a professional! You will be happier March 13, 2009

Filed under: Economy,Protect yourself — Rolland @ 4:10 am
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Why use a professional?

Ethics is not just a word to throw around like a frisbee. True professionals are ethical, they take their role in society very seriously. For me personally, I am dedicated and strive daily to do the best job I can for the clients I represent. Thankfully, I work somewhere that I am proud of the people I work with. Every time we have a meeting together, the focus is not about “sales.” We often are focused on bettering ourselves and the services we provide. Our primary goal (least in the office I am in have real discussions and goal setting in the area of taking care of our clients.

These are serious times no doubt. Never has need for Joe Q consumer to have ethical real estate professionals to choose from. Correctly choosing who you can trust and confide in is paramount today. Sadly, there are some foxes in the hen houses right now. It angers me to know that while people are needing sound and real advice right now, are getting scammed right and left. Isn’t that how we got in this mess in the first place? This needs to stop, and stop right now!

If you get a call from someone out of the blue offering to “fix” all your problems, BEWARE! Then be smart and call your Realtor, we are here to assist you. Your Realtor is not a door opener, they are trained skilled professionals with a vast amount of information. You feel lost alone in todays market, give me a call and I will do what I can to help. If I can’t, I know one office full of people that can and will. Call me, 206-963-4307!

Take a moment and read the attached story. Leave a comment and tell me what you think. Lets work together and kick these foxes to the curb!


Foreclosure scam artists rarely face jail time – Mortgage Mess- “LAS VEGAS – They call themselves loan modification consultants, negotiators or specialists. Some are legitimate, but many are simple con artists looking for desperate marks facing foreclosure amid the wreckage of the nation’s housing market.

It’s a good business, too, since in most states, there’s not much of a chance they’ll ever end up before a judge facing any time in jail.”

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Bringing the power of social networking to your Palm!! March 10, 2009

Filed under: Social networking,Technology — Rolland @ 9:35 pm
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Attended a very exciting class for me this morning. We discussed technology and how more specific social networking. How social networking is changing how we live and interact. Not to mention the power it brings to the individual and business.

I use a blackberry storm and I love my phone. The new facebook app for the blackberry is almost out and one thing it is bringing is how we can access facebook and bring our facebook information into our computers and mobile devices.

Last night on Jimmy Fallon, Engadget’s Joshua Topolsky demo’s the new Palm Pre (which has not been released yet.) Check out the video and get a sneak peak at what is coming.

Finding the limitations of WordPress, check this video in the sidebar.


First time home buyers

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Breaking News – Seattle PI

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The end may be here!