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Archive for August 31, 2011

Short Sales: A Dignified Solution for Many Families

lisasheppard | August 31, 2011
I am truly excited that the banks are beginning to see that a short sale in many cases is a good alternative to foreclosing on a property. It makes  more sense to sell the property at a higher price. At the same time, the banks are creating le...

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Short Sales: Has Their Time Finally Arrived?

lisasheppard | August 29, 2011
Last week, RealtyTrac released its Q2 2011 U.S. Foreclosure Sales Report. The report confirmed what we are hearing in the marketplace “ banks are beginning to look more favorably on short sales as option to foreclosure.The report dissected th...

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For the More Affluent Home Seller

lisasheppard | August 18, 2011
Estate Planning is a boring topic.  However, there are few issues more misunderstood that have such tremendous impact on families and the legacy  they leave behind. Many people don™t  realize that when adding  a home to their assets,  be...

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The Economy: Why All the Panic?

lisasheppard | August 17, 2011
For the last couple of weeks, all we have heard is how bad the current economic situation is. The markets are going to crash and interest rates are going to skyrocket. Panic has definitely engulfed the entire country.Consumer confidence, as mea...

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Homeownership:Still the American Dream

lisasheppard | August 16, 2011
Yesterday, Fannie Mae released their National Housing Survey for the second quarter of 2011. They survey the American public on a multitude of questions concerning today™s housing market. Each quarter, we like to pull out some of the findings...

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Things to Consider Before Renting a Home You Can’t Sell?

lisasheppard | August 15, 2011
In this difficult housing market, more and more homeowners are considering renting their house instead of adjusting the price. We strongly believe that residential real estate is a great investment and therefore can understand this thinking. Ho...

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House Prices: Explaining the Recent Uptick

lisasheppard | August 10, 2011
Several pricing indices have reported that, on a month-over-month basis, home values have ticked up slightly over the last quarter. This has caused some to call the bottom to the housing market “ at least from a price standpoint. We must real...

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