Middletown, CT Real Estate News

By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
The month of June here in Connecticut was probably the wettest month that I can ever remember, and July is starting out the same.  I have been posting pictures of flowers during this time that have really benefited by all this rain, and it has been very evident in their beautiful bright colors.  But I think that even the flowers are ready to waive a white flag and give up because of the continuous rain.  The flower below is a good example of this, it looks like it is saying I give up and surrender.  A little sunshine please :) :) There is even a couple of rain drops still hanging on its leaves.     ****************************************************************************************************************** Info about the author: George Souto is a Loan Officer who can assist you wit...
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By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
My wife just e-mailed me this very important SCAM ALERT, and I thought that I better share it with the rest of you here on ActiveRain.  As you all know we have a BIG problem with ticks here in New England, and here in Connecticut we have even our own "tick" named after one of our towns, the "Lyme Tick", which is responsible for, you guessed it "Lyme Disease I sure hope that I am not to late in getting the word out to all of you on this. I hate it when people forward bogus warnings, and I have even done it myself a couple times unintentionally but this one is real, and it's important. Please send this warning to everyone on your e- mail list. If someone comes to your front door saying they are checking for ticks due to the warm weather and asks you to take your clothes off and dance arou...
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By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
  ****************************************************************************************************************** Info about the author: George Souto is a Loan Officer who can assist you with all your FHA, CHFA, and Conventional mortgage needs in Connecticut. George resides in Middlesex County which includes Middletown, Middlefield, Durham, Cromwell, Portland, Higganum, Haddam, East Haddam, Chester, Deep River, and Essex. George can be contacted at (860) 573-1308 or gsouto@mccuemortgage.com
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By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
  ****************************************************************************************************************** Info about the author: George Souto is a Loan Officer who can assist you with all your FHA, CHFA, and Conventional mortgage needs in Connecticut. George resides in Middlesex County which includes Middletown, Middlefield, Durham, Cromwell, Portland, Higganum, Haddam, East Haddam, Chester, Deep River, and Essex. George can be contacted at (860) 573-1308 or gsouto@mccuemortgage.com
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By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
  ****************************************************************************************************************** Info about the author: George Souto is a Loan Officer who can assist you with all your FHA, CHFA, and Conventional mortgage needs in Connecticut. George resides in Middlesex County which includes Middletown, Middlefield, Durham, Cromwell, Portland, Higganum, Haddam, East Haddam, Chester, Deep River, and Essex. George can be contacted at (860) 573-1308 or gsouto@mccuemortgage.com
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By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
  ****************************************************************************************************************** Info about the author: George Souto is a Loan Officer who can assist you with all your FHA, CHFA, and Conventional mortgage needs in Connecticut. George resides in Middlesex County which includes Middletown, Middlefield, Durham, Cromwell, Portland, Higganum, Haddam, East Haddam, Chester, Deep River, and Essex. George can be contacted at (860) 573-1308 or gsouto@mccuemortgage.com
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By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
  ****************************************************************************************************************** Info about the author: George Souto is a Loan Officer who can assist you with all your FHA, CHFA, and Conventional mortgage needs in Connecticut. George resides in Middlesex County which includes Middletown, Middlefield, Durham, Cromwell, Portland, Higganum, Haddam, East Haddam, Chester, Deep River, and Essex. George can be contacted at (860) 573-1308 or gsouto@mccuemortgage.com
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By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
While the title says that FHA is the main loan program in Connecticut, the truth is that FHA is probably the main Loan Program in many other states as well.  With all of the changes that have happened in the last year to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, PMI Companies, and changes in Appraisal Guidelines, have made FHA is a very attractive Loan Product right now. In the past year we have seen Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae incorporate several point adjustments into the pricing of loans that are backed by them.  There are hits for points if the FICO Score is under 740, further hits if the LTV is over 80%, and the price adjustments for Condo's, Multi Family, and Investment Properties are through the roof.  In some cases the price adjustments make it impossible for Lenders to be able to do a loan. On t...
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By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
One of the great faults that many people in sales have is thinking that they know better than their clients.  They feel that their knowledge of the product that they are selling somehow entitles them to the freedom of making decisions for those who are the ones who are spending the money.  Having this feeling or attitude creates many unnecessary problems.  Having this feeling or attitude leads the sales person to somehow think that they have the right to decide what their clients should purchase, and how much they should purchase.  After all they are the experts on the product and they know best. When I first got into sales, selling Life Insurance in a small territory where you went into the houses of those who had insurance policy's with me, and collected the premium on a weekly or mon...
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By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
  ****************************************************************************************************************** Info about the author: George Souto is a Loan Officer who can assist you with all your FHA, CHFA, and Conventional mortgage needs in Connecticut. George resides in Middlesex County which includes Middletown, Middlefield, Durham, Cromwell, Portland, Higganum, Haddam, East Haddam, Chester, Deep River, and Essex. George can be contacted at (860) 573-1308 or gsouto@mccuemortgage.com  
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By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
  ****************************************************************************************************************** Info about the author: George Souto is a Loan Officer who can assist you with all your FHA, CHFA, and Conventional mortgage needs in Connecticut. George resides in Middlesex County which includes Middletown, Middlefield, Durham, Cromwell, Portland, Higganum, Haddam, East Haddam, Chester, Deep River, and Essex. George can be contacted at (860) 573-1308 or gsouto@mccuemortgage.com
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By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
Lately more and more of my Borrowers having been calling me, because they have been receiving offers in the mail that make it seem like they were sent by us.  These offer covered a number of areas, from refinancing, loan modification, bi-weekly payments, lower interest rates as well as others. These offers are not sent on McCue Mortgage Letterhead, but will mention McCue Mortgage very early in the letter, and are worded in a way to make the Borrower think the letter was sent from us.  This is a very sneaky way of trying to get the Borrower to call the phone number that is provided on the letter, thinking that they are contacting us. This is unfortunate and is in my opinion a total misuse of the public information that these people are unfortunately able to obtain once a loan is closed, ...
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By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
  ****************************************************************************************************************** Info about the author: George Souto is a Loan Officer who can assist you with all your FHA, CHFA, and Conventional mortgage needs in Connecticut. George resides in Middlesex County which includes Middletown, Middlefield, Durham, Cromwell, Portland, Higganum, Haddam, East Haddam, Chester, Deep River, and Essex. George can be contacted at (860) 573-1308 or gsouto@mccuemortgage.com
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By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
Well so much for my blog yesterday about not having seen any change to the Underwriting Guidelines lately. This morning my office made me aware of FHA's latest Mortgagee Letter 2009-19 that was issued on June 12th.  In this latest Mortgagee Letter FHA is announcing MAJOR change to their Condo Approval Process. "In accordance with the passage of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA) of 2008, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is implementing a new approval process for Condominium Projects to insure mortgages on individual units under Section 203(b) of the National Housing Act. FHA will now allow lenders to determine project eligibility, review project documentation, and certify to compliance of Section 203(b) of the NHA and 24 CFR 203 of HUD’s regulations. HUD will continue ...
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By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
Looks like things have calmed down a bit, and hopefully Buyers will take advantage of this before the next storm hits. Over the last two to three weeks we have been seeing a lot of volatility in the market and as a result we saw a major upward movement in the interest rates. Prior to that it was changes to the Underwriting Guidelines for many of the Loan Programs, especially Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  FHA saw some change as well in particularly to effort that were made to make the $8,000 Tax Credit available prior to Closing. The end of last week and so far the beginning of this week we are seeing things calm down a bit.  We have not seen any major changes to the Underwriting Guidelines for a few weeks now, and interest rates opened up lower today, and hopefully have reached a happy m...
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By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
  ****************************************************************************************************************** Info about the author: George Souto is a Loan Officer who can assist you with all your FHA, CHFA, and Conventional mortgage needs in Connecticut. George resides in Middlesex County which includes Middletown, Middlefield, Durham, Cromwell, Portland, Higganum, Haddam, East Haddam, Chester, Deep River, and Essex. George can be contacted at (860) 573-1308 or gsouto@mccuemortgage.com
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By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
As many of you know from some of my older blogs I love sports, especially baseball.  I am also a huge Yankee Fan, and have been so since I was 8 years old. One of the great things about living in New England for those of us who love sports is the great rivalry amongst our sport teams and fans.  Among these rivalries the biggest ones are between Boston and New York Fans.  We have the rivalries between the Celtics and Knicks, Bruins and Ranger, Patriots and Jets, and the biggest one of all Red Sox and Yankees. This past week was not a good time for those like me that are Yankee Fans.  Our boys in pin strips lost the 8th straight game to the Red Sox on Thursday.  The worst part is that it will be about two months before they play each other again so we get to listen to the Red Sox Fans rub...
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By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
It was all over the news yesterday and on the news again today, it was even one of the lead stories on Yahoo Tech News this morning, Analog TV is now a part of history.  After months and months of announcements, warnings, and delays, it is still expected that more than 1 million households will be without TV service, because they did not convert over to digital. The analog signal has been around for about 60 years, t is what most of us grew up with.  I still remember watching TV on a little black and white screen, and we were lucky if we could pull in more than two stations.  Today we have been spoiled by a multitude of TV stations (even with just analog), but when those million or so households turn on their TV today and there is no signal it will be as if the world has come to an end....
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By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
  ****************************************************************************************************************** Info about the author: George Souto is a Loan Officer who can assist you with all your FHA, CHFA, and Conventional mortgage needs in Connecticut. George resides in Middlesex County which includes Middletown, Middlefield, Durham, Cromwell, Portland, Higganum, Haddam, East Haddam, Chester, Deep River, and Essex. George can be contacted at (860) 573-1308 or gsouto@mccuemortgage.com
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By Valerie Osterhoudt, ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889
(Johnson Real Estate, Inc.)
 THIRD CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH 94 MINER STREET MIDDLETOWN, CT  06457 Strawberry Shortcake Festival Thursday, June 11th from 11:30am to 4:00pm   The Third Congregational Church on 94 Miner Street in Middletown, CT is holding its annual Strawberry Shortcake Festival, tomorrow, Thursday, June 11th from 11:30am to 4:00pm. This festival has been going on for over 120 years.. yes, you heard me correctly 120 years.  People in the area look forward to this event every year.  The strawberries are native to the area and picked fresh.  Now picture this on top of a homemade biscuit, and REAL HOMEMADE WHIPPED CREAM.  My mouth is salvating already. If you haven't been by, tomorrow is your opportunity to partake.. and I bet you'll be hooked for next year.  I'm thinking of going twice once around noon an...
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