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29 February 2012 - 14:46, by , in news, No comments
Home buyers with mortgages backed by the Federal Housing Administration will soon see a rise in fees, the agency announced Monday. The agency is raising its fees in an effort to try to recoup some of its depleted reserves*, which suffered from the rising number of home owners who defaulted on their mortgages. The agency...
27 February 2012 - 20:55, by , in House To House, No comments
Today’s column is guest written by G. M. Filisko an attorney and award-winning writer who has found happiness in a Chicago brownstone with the best curb appeal on the block. A frequent contributor to many national publications including Bankrate.com, REALTOR® Magazine, and the American Bar Association Journal, she specializes in real estate, business, personal finance,...
24 February 2012 - 20:53, by , in news, No comments
A new National Association of REALTORS® collaboration with the U.S. Department of the Treasury will help REALTORS® better assist homeowners who are struggling to sell their homes in a short sale. REALTORS® who attend upcoming Making Home Affordable “Help for Homeowners” outreach events, sponsored by the Treasury Department, will learn insights to help them navigate...
24 February 2012 - 20:44, by , in news, No comments
According to a new study by the Center for Housing Policy confirms that falling home prices have not solved the housing affordability problems of the nation’s working households.  In fact, the Center’s Housing Landscape 2012 report found that the share of working households paying more than half their income for housing rose significantly between 2008...
23 February 2012 - 22:15, by , in news, 2 comments
On April 2, 2012, CARMLS will welcome back leading technology guru Dick Betts for two classes – “Smartphones, Tablets and iPads” and “Agent’s Digital Footprint, Got One?” These classes are open to ALL Arkansas REALTORS® and the public for $20 each. The classes will be held at the CARMLS office in West Little Rock.  We...
23 February 2012 - 18:26, by , in news, No comments
April is Fair Housing Month and Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey consistently shows that Hispanics, and African-Americans are generally more positive about owning a home than the general population. More than one-third of Hispanics and African Americans say they will buy a home in the next three years, compared to less than one quarter of...
23 February 2012 - 18:07, by , in news, No comments
Current Owners Will Offer Co-Ownership Interests Of The Queen Anne Mansion Preservation Trust Having invested half a decade in the complete restoration of the unique mansion built by industrialist Curtis Wright in 1891, owners Steve and Lata Lovell have developed a strategy that will provide exclusive access to the gracious lifestyle of a bygone era...
15 February 2012 - 17:33, by , in news, 1 comment
LITTLE ROCK – The landmark national mortgage settlement announced last week will provide relief to many Arkansans adversely affected by the foreclosure crisis. The agreement with the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers requires those servicers to offer principal write-downs, refinancing assistance and direct payments to qualifying Arkansas homeowners. The Attorney General’s Office has fielded hundreds...
13 February 2012 - 16:17, by , in House To House, No comments
One of my friends was recently shocked to learn I had not joined the Pinterest craze. She showed me how she is using the social networking website to save and make plans for her future house (she’s a newlywed).  It’s a board full of features, paint colors, design ideas and furniture that she is saving...
10 February 2012 - 19:23, by , in news, No comments
Many Arkansas families affected by the recent mortgage crisis may qualify for assistance funded by this week’s settlement between attorneys general, federal agencies and the nation’s five largest mortgage loan services. Today, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued this special consumer alert to encourage Arkansans who might be affected by the actions of their banks to contact the...
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