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Real estate and mortgage advice, , thoughts, wisdom (or lack thereof), opinion, humor and general real estate and mortgage commentary. Based on more than 30 years of hard won experience and remember, "experience is what you get when you don't get what you want." Blog posts are published most weekdays or so, and are provided as a service of Northstone Real Estate Inc. and Northstone Mortgage. Your comments, questions, criticism, opinions, diatribes, etc are always welcome.
RECENT BLOG POSTS
There is nothing like building your skills in order to better serve your clients.  This is a free resource available to Washington residents so use it while you can. Free Microsoft courses extended through October 2012   If your employees use Microsoft software to conduct business, here’s a deal...
12/29/2011
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There is a certain element in managing a transaction that for whatever reason always seems to be a little surprising to me and that's the seeming insecurity of otherwise secure and confident home sellers.  I don't know if it is an issue with women more than men but it is usually women that surfac...
12/13/2011
You could be bringing your credit score down without realizing it.  The main factors considered in creating your credit score is whether you pay your credit cards and bills on time but some factors that can shave points from your score are not as obvious and not as well known. They include: * Ord...
12/08/2011
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The latest news on the new Home Affordable Refinance Program, HARP, is that Federal regulators have recently made key changes that will help borrowers who owe more on their loans than their homes are worth. Every week I receive inquiries from home owners who are current on their mortgages but can...
12/07/2011
Guests on my fron porch... It's Spring           This blog was written by Brian Leavitt, Designated Broker of Northstone Real Estate Inc, and Northstone Mortgage. Brian serves clients within the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. And specializes in residential re sale homes, condo's and land, an...
05/05/2010
From Zillow April 27, 2010   "Dear Brian, In reviewing your recent quote ZQ-XXXXXX, we see that this rate is too low. If you feel this is not the case please provide information with the details such as who is the investor, what is your base rate, and lastly what are the ad-ons. Community Relatio...
04/28/2010
This blog was written by Brian Leavitt, a Licensed Real Estate Broker and Licensed Mortgage Broker representing Northstone Real Estate Inc, and Northstone Mortgage. Brian serves clients within the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. You can contact Brian directly by phone at 800-806-3145 or by e...
04/07/2010
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There was an interesting story on the news this week about a homeowner who discovered that someone had moved into their vacant home claiming that the home had been abandoned.  The new occupant said she rented the property from a property management company who in turn claimed that they had acquir...
03/15/2010
Q:  I have been told that under the new rules the loan originator must issue the good faith estimate (GFE)when the borrower makes application and that they do not need to deliver the GFE until they have a complete application.  Is this correct? A:  Partially.  The loan originator is required to i...
01/04/2010
Part 3 of a continuing discussion of the new GFE and new HUD 1. Yesterday one of the comments on this discussion was "Great info...lets see how long before they make revisions on the revisions"  Why wait, revisions have already started.  ·  Signature lines on page 3 of the GFE 2010 have been remo...
12/30/2009
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Real estate and mortgage advice, , thoughts, wisdom (or lack thereof), opinion, humor and general real estate and mortgage commentary. Based on more than 30 years of hard won experience and over 1000 homes sold. Blog posts are published most weekdays or so, and are provided as a service of Northstone Real Estate Inc. and Northstone Mortgage. Your comments, questions, criticism, opinions, diatribes, etc are always welcome.