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It's Tax (Appeal) Time
It's Tax (Appeal) Time March 15, 2016 By Lynn Geiger This week, across northern Michigan, business owners and residents are lining up before their local boards of review to appeal their taxes – in most cases, property taxes. Whether due to an Read More...
Mortgage Rates Dip Below 4% Again
Daily Real Estate News | Friday, August 07, 2015 --> For the third consecutive week, averaged fixed mortgage rates edged down as uncertainty about the economy continued to push Treasury yields lower, Freddie Mac reports in its weekly mortgage market survey. Read More...
Winter Is Best Time to Sell, Study Shows
Daily Real Estate News | Monday, December 15, 2014 --> The housing market doesn’t hibernate in the winter. Sellers who list and buyers who buy often find the winter season the most advantageous time to make a move in real estate, according to a Read More...
Did Mortgages Just Get Easier to Obtain?
Daily Real Estate News | Tuesday, December 02, 2014 --> Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's new lending guidelines went into effect Monday, which are expected to help loosen up the tight credit standards that home buyers and refinancers have faced in recent Read More...
Landscaping can Increase your Homes Value up to 12.70%
DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS You might want to take a closer look at your listing's curb appeal: Upgrading a home's landscape from average to excellent can raise its overall value by 10 percent to 12 percent, according to research from Virginia Tech. Read More...
Traverse City Real Estate Market YTD Stats
The Traverse City area real estate market continues to rebound well and continues to be in great demand , especially the under 250,000 price points....the lower the price point the more demand which is driving inventory down and prices up. Great news Read More...
Why and How Northwestern Bank Was Sold
By Luke Haase With yesterday’s announced sale of Northwestern Bank to Midland-based Chemical Bank, The Ticker examines why the deal happened and how the two Michigan community banks came together. Why Most bankers and analysts agree that it’s Read More...
Century 21 Survey -Home Ownership is Key for Returning Troops
Daily Real Estate News | Monday, December 02, 2013 --> For 75 percent of military families, owning a home is one of the most important things to accomplish upon returning from service, according to a Century 21 survey. Harris Interactive conducted the Read More...
Foreclosures Fall to 5-Year Lows
Daily Real Estate News | Monday, November 25, 2013 --> National foreclosure pre-sale inventory is at its lowest point since 2008, Lender Processing Services reports. The inventory—which reflects the number of loans that are in some stage of foreclosure—represents Read More...
Lenders Loosen Down Payment Requirements
Daily Real Estate News | Monday, November 18, 2013 --> Lenders' tight underwriting standards have been blamed for sidelining many potential home buyers the last few years. But lenders may be showing signs of loosening up a bit. The average down payment Read More...
Foreclosure Starts Cut in Half
Daily Real Estate News | Monday, September 30, 2013 --> Foreclosure starts have fallen to half the level they were a year earlier, according to second quarter data recently released from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. In the second quarter, Read More...
Despite Rising Mortgage Rates, Housing Remains a Positive Contributor
July 22, 2013 Economy Poised for a Stronger Second Half of 2013 Despite Rising Mortgage Rates, Housing Remains a Positive Contributor Pete Bakel 202-752-2034 WASHINGTON, DC – The ongoing housing recovery coupled with improvement in both consumer Read More...
Nearly Quarter of Americans Find Errors in Credit Reports
Daily Real Estate News | Tuesday, June 04, 2013 --> Nearly a quarter of Americans say they’ve discovered problems with their credit reports, according to a new study of 1,000 American adults by FindLaw.com, an online legal information portal. The Read More...
Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac to Limit Loan Purchases
Mortgage Giants to Limit Loan Purchases to 'Qualified Mortgages' Daily Real Estate News | Tuesday, May 07, 2013 --> Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will begin next year to purchase only loans that meet new “qualified mortgage” Read More...
Mortgage Delinquencies Fall to 2007 Lows
Daily Real Estate News | Tuesday, May 07, 2013 --> Delinquencies on home loans dropped in March to 0.84 percent of the nation's 50.2 million mortgages -- the first month since 2007 that delinquencies were below the 1 percent mark, Lender Processing Read More...
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