Monthly Archives: December 2009

Interest Rates At Lowest Point Since World War II

If you are ready to talk about buying or selling a home, please give me a call or email.

KEVIN GORMAN – Broker, GRI, CDPE  RE/MAX equity group   

www.KevinGormanSells.com   www.ItsaMatterofTrust.com   www.PortlandHomeHelp.com

503-495-5191

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What’s Up With Real Estate?

WHAT’S UP?

This week’s REALTY TIMES video addresses all of the following questions… and more:

*  Why have home purchase applications increased significantly recently? 

* Interest rates are super low right now. What are the experts estimating will happen with rates in the upcoming months?

 * Has the decline of home prices stabilized?

 * Are foreclosure filings increasing or decreasing?

 * Is it better to get a loan from a mortgage broker or a mortgage banker?

* I’ve heard about some new FHA rules about buying a condo. What’s that all about?

Enjoy!

Kevin Gorman – www.KevinGormanSells.com  www.ItsaMatterofTrust.com

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Treasury Department Offers New Guidelines on Short Sales

On Monday the U.S. Treasury Department released a new guidance plan for lenders aimed at speeding up the short sales process. Short sale transactions have been very challenging to get to the closing table. Often, buyers and sellers wait months just to hear back from banks as to whether or not the sale is approved. The wait is so long that most buyers bail out of the transaction and move on. Sellers then have little or no time to get their home sold before foreclosure deadlines. The Treasury Department’s effort is a positive step in helping homeowners to avoid foreclosure. A major highlight to the plan is that lenders must give a yes or no answer to offers within 10 days.

Here is an initial Reuters news story outlining the new policies. Without major changes in the short sale process, the nation can expect a very large wave of foreclosures in the near future.

I am a Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE). Please call or e-mail if you have any questions about short sales or foreclosures.

All my best, Kevin Gorman    www.KevinGormanSells.com    www.ItsaMatterofTrust.com

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