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My lender won’t help me! October 19, 2010


Have you tried everything you can with your lender? Called them only to have to navigate through button after button of some voicemail system? Hoping at some point that if you hit that “0” enough times you will actually get a live person? Then “BAM” you get a real person you know the one, that says they can help you but won’t listen and leaves you even more frustrated than before your call?

Anyway, you get my point. Well, I did some digging and found a couple things that might help you. Please check them out and if you find any of this helpful let me know. Always love to hear about good things happening to the good people (you have to be good if you’re reading my blog!)

For all of you that have FHA insured loans, the good news is that your lender must follow the FHA guidelines and regulations. If they aren’t following the guidelines and giving you the service and assistance that is afforded and protected to you then do what I do. Call 888-297-8685, and put your citizen on! Don’t let anyone intimidate you, this is your home and your money, protect it and fight for it. And here is a life hint, whenever you are dealing with someone on the phone or in person always get their full name. Trust me, when you ask for someone’s name their attitude tends to improve. Don’t wait till things have got heated either, just ask up front and more often than not they will be much more helpful. And make sure you have your 13 digit FHA case number, and if you don’t have it … ASK FOR IT! Ain’t like its a secret launch code, trust me you already paid for it. Hint: it is on your loan settlement statement.

For all you VA insured customers, the first step for you is online. Go to the VA Foreclosure Alternative page. You will find so much help and assistance that you won’t know what to do with yourself. For the .0006% of you out there that internet is just not your thing, Ring up your loan service representative. Open this picture and it is the listing to every call center in the US broken down by states. Of course you could click here and it will give you the same information.0002nK.jpeg

Finally, for all of those with conventional loans, call your HUD approved housing counselor at 800-569-4287. They love to help home owners with lenders that aren’t doing their responsibility helping you. Another number to put in your address book of life is 888-995-HOPE. This is the Homeowners Hope hotline, they specialize in helping homeowners with their lenders as well. You got some tools now, go use them and again, let me know how they help!

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How is the move-up and higher end market? April 22, 2010



Showing Signs of Life

Over the past several years, first-time buyers made up about 42 percent of the market. As a result of home buyer tax credits, those first timers represent close to 50 percent of buyers. However, increasing activity in the upper price ranges shows that buyers in the move-up/luxury market are sparking the housing recovery as well.

In King County, pending sales* of entry/first-time/move-up homes (those priced $599,999 or less) were up more than 100 percent
over last March. In the move-up/luxury market ($600,000+), pending sales were up more than 150 percent over last year.This is clear evidence that the move-up/luxury market is making a good recovery, especially when you consider that this market has not directly benefited from home buyer tax credits like the lower price ranges have.

Why is the move-up/luxury market improving?

• Buyers who are hoping to “time” the bottom of the market

• Low interest rates

• The increased affordability of jumbo loans

At this time last year, interest rates on a jumbo loan were in excess of 8 percent due to a large number of lenders exiting the jumbo market.Today, many of those lenders are returning, which has helped bring interest rates on jumbo loans more in line with conforming loan rates: near 5.5 percent. In addition, King County FHA loan limits are up to $575,500, which means that a buyer can purchase a home with as little as 3.5 percent down payment as long as the loan does not exceed $575,500.
There is clear evidence that the move-up/luxury
market is making a good recovery, especially when you consider that this market has not directly benefited from home
buyer tax credits. ”

With increasing optimism in employment numbers and consumer confidence, as well as the increasing availability of financing products,the housing market recovery should continue at a steady pace.And as we are already seeing,the recovery appears to be taking place throughout the price points, not just in the markets that have been bolstered by tax credits.

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Home sales up higher then expected

Filed under: Area info,Economy,Good News — Rolland @ 7:52 pm
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31F6462B-68ED-424E-8309-B90F33E5ECB5.jpgHome sales rose more than expected in March, reversing three months of declines, as government incentives drew in buyers and kicked off what’s expected to be a strong spring selling season.

Sales of previously occupied homes rose 6.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.35 million last month, the highest level since December, the National Association of Realtors said Thursday.

…The government is offering a $8,000 credit for first-time buyers and $6,500 for current homeowners willing to buy and move into another property.

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Failure … Breeds success February 11, 2010

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To say I am familiar with failure, is a pretty big understatement. Granted, it has angered me, and frustrated me. But, I will not give up!

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What kind of agent i want to be December 17, 2009

Filed under: Good News,Making a Difference,Social networking — Rolland @ 11:42 pm

img_2010_logo_full Over the last year, I have learned a lot about my industry, myself, and life in general.  Some of the best things have happen in last couple of months.  Personally I am taking that as nothing but good signs for 2010!  Woohoo!

I have read so much this last year, feel like it is all I do at times.  Lot of people in the real estate field talk about which system they use and why it is the best.  Social media pro and con, what to wear, how to walk, anything and everything you can imagine.  Yet, the other day I got another e-book and it hit me right between the eyes.  It spelled out to me the type of person and agent I really want to be.  I want to be a relationship based agent, and human being.  That the relationships I work at and build will enrich my life as well as the other person.  Be honest, be genuine and everything else will work itself out.  No doubt it will lead to lower stress and a healthier life.  Yes, this is what I want!

It is very exciting to have my focus and goals set out.  Having this road map to guide me forward, and I am so looking forward to the amazing people in my life that I am going to only grow closer to.  Keep your eyes open, I will be popping by and into your world!


Why is buying a home a good idea? November 11, 2009

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The Move-up effect! October 25, 2009



Forbes: America’s best states for business – October 3, 2009

Filed under: Economy,Good News,Marketing information — Rolland @ 9:13 pm
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Forbes: America’s best states for business – “In the rankings of best states for business, Washington comes in second”



How to fight the property tax assessor August 31, 2009

Filed under: Economy,Good News,Making a Difference — Rolland @ 7:14 pm
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Remember, that not all municipalities are moving with great speed to correct your home assessment. But, it is your right to challenge the assessment and get it reduced. Contact your agent, they can make this process easier.

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Any place better to live than Seattle? Just one August 11, 2009

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Seattle is listed by Outside Magazine as the 2nd best place to live.

“The recession arrived late in Seattle, thanks to future-trending corporations like Amazon, Micro soft, and Boeing, and unemployment leveled off in March, helping the city avoid a major collapse in housing prices. Leaving nature-hungry urbanites free to conduct business as usual:”

Not to mention our long standing awesome 80% library card carrying record to boot! We rock Seattle!

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