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Over the past few weeks, I have been monitoring the debate concerning the debt ceiling in our country. Particularly, I was trying to find out what impact, if any, that it had on mortgage rates. I even set a google alert for it. I am no student of economics, but I am trying to get an understanding...
Over the past year, we have been using MAC for editing capabilities for the videos that we create. Today, I have decided to change my work station to MAC and I am considering changing the whole office over to MAC. Can anyone share any experiences in making the switch from PC to MAC? Honestly, I a...
I wanted to share a recent article that I wrote for the Lowell Sun. In this article, I discuss the attorney's role in a real estate closing in our state. This has been a hot topic for the past few years and I would be interested in hearing some feedback. The dispute has been between National Real...
Finally, the government has spoke regarding the definition of what a “safe” loan is and how the loans can be securitize and sold to different investors. According to the report by Reuters, U.S. lenders would have to offer mortgages with at least twenty percent down if the lender intends to sell ...
Can anyone give me any advice on how to get on the home page of activerain? 
I was reading a report written by CNNMoney and they make a claim that 13% of all homes in the United States are vacant. The report calls into question the procedure that they use (census report) to calculate what is considered to be a vacant home. Interestingly enough, a summer home, a vacation s...
As the business development officer at my company, New England Title, I am always looking for information pertaining to what real estate agents look for from their title provider. Is a great communication? Is it paying attention to the details? Is it providing the "secret sauce" on how to get new...
According to Bulletin Numbered 2011-5, issued March 23rd, 2011, Freddie Mac has made the following changes with respect to their servicing requirements:    1) Permitting Servicers to postpone foreclosure sales hangled by designated counsel as long as the newly schedule foreclosure sale date is wi...
Trust me when I tell you that I am no expert when it comes to the rules of trade associations and there members but I saw this interesting story on how hud was being sued by AARP and I ask myself the question: Can they do that? Well, it has been a long time since I took a civil procedure class or...

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