General Real Estate: March 2009 Archives

The new consumer article for today is Rental Fraud, Landlord Fraud, and Prospective Tenant Scams. As with everything else out there concerning larger amounts of money, there are rental frauds that renters need to be concerned about, more and more as things like online ads take over from more traditional alternatives of newspapers and rental agencies. To be fair, most of the online venues do as much as they reasonably can about fraud, but they can't do enough to prevent it; they can only ban the fraudster after the fact (and the fraudster can then get a new account). You need to be careful out there.

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Buyers: Stretching Your Budget Means Compromise talks about how to make your dollars go further, and the thin line between "challenging" and "not going to happen"

What Are The Note And Trust Deed And What Is The Difference? This is a basic article on these two loan documents of very different function.

The Home Valuation Code of Conduct (New Appraisal Standards) discusses the effects that the new appraisal standards will have on the loan market after May 1. I have been informed that NAMB, the National Association of Mortgage Brokers, has filed suit to prevent it from becoming effective. On behalf of consumers and loan officers nationwide, here's hoping they are successful.

Updated Articles

One Spouse Qualifying For A Loan on Their Own

My Loan was Denied - What Fees Can I Recover?

Issues with Relocation Loans

Finally, I have just re-done The Tradeoff between Rate and Cost in Real Estate Loans. This is such a critical article that it really belongs in a category out by itself. You cannot understand real estate loans until you understand the subject matter of this article. Read it. Understand it. Remember it. Every interaction you have with a loan provider should center about this trade-off.

Newly Written Articles

Finding a Good Buyer's Agent (And Eliminating Bad Ones).

Games with Mortgage Loan Rate Locks (Games Lenders Play Part 10) Talks about issues relating to the rate lock.

Barack Obama's "Help For Homeowners" Proposal Like President Bush's proposal before him, not much help for a high price.

Lipstick on a Pig: Selling the Property You Should Never Have Bought

Confusing Past Performance and the Present Situation with Future Planning talks about the housing market and why you shouldn't try to time it.

Title Deeds And The Form They Should Take talks about what the title deed needs to say.

Why It May Be Costly to Reject Paying Points goes over the facts and the math of getting loans done. Would you pay 1% of loan amount to cut your interest rate by 2% per year? If you're smart, you will

Consumer Focused Carnival of Real Estate is a collection of the best articles submitted that help consumers.

Updated Articles

Real Estate is More Local Than Most People Think Make sure your agent makes a habit of working your area

Considering Condos, Townhomes, and PUDs The basics of common interest developments.

Loan Documents - Contracts of Adhesion. They're offering you a "take it or leave it" but you do have some protections.

Just Because Compensation for a Loan Isn't Disclosed Doesn't Mean It's Free, and just because you don't know what it is doesn't mean it's cheap. Evaluate loans by the bottom line to you.

Improving your Credit Score and Tradelines The credit score folks have taken steps against gaming the system.

Truth In Lending and APR is an update of one of the more important articles I've written. Don't evaluate loans by APR.

How Easy Scams Are talks about how easy it is for someone to get taken off their guard and scammed for tens of thousands of dollars.


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