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2014 

What is “Co-Housing”? At the FHA condominium project approval roundtable session in Washington D.C. last week, the topic of “co-housing” was introduced for discussion.  This was a concept that I had not encountered previously having worked primarily in New England. Originating in Denmark, co-hous...
03/30/2014
David Popoff's article below does well to dispell some of the myths about communicating with appraisers.  Prior to regulatory changes only a handful of years ago, the appraiser was generally selected by the mortgage broker or loan officer.  This created a sort of conflict of interest in that if t...
03/30/2014
I’m the ActiveRain Point Leader in My Town! This morning I passed the point leader in South Windsor, CT to become the points leader in the town.  Before anyone gets too excited about this, I have just shy of 180,000 (when I wrote this) so, in essence, this makes me a big fish in a small pond. The...
03/30/2014
 I am torn as to the benefit of disbanding Fannie and Freddie in lieu of one governmental entity. I do not like the government having such control over the housing market.  As Wayne mentions below, one of the largest factors that contributed to the housing "crisis" was government regulations. Now...
03/30/2014
FHA Does Not Approve Master Associations Last week, I was invited to attend a roundtable session in Washington D.C. as an industry expert for FHA Condo Approvals.  One of the topics of discussion was regarding Master Associations.  A master association is an association that reigns over a groupin...
03/30/2014
  Alex Popovic is an absolute expert in VA mortgage financing.  His blog is loaded with detailed information about the VA loan program including the nuances that are associated with the ancillary aspects such as how to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility. The article below is one of the most comp...
03/30/2014
  Despite my disdain for the government controlling which light bulbs we can buy based on the new bogus religion of global warming, John Anello’s article regarding LEDs is very detailed and worth reading.  As an engineer, I really enjoy reading numbers and facts. LEDs are by far the better way to...
03/29/2014
FHA Condo Approvals Roundtable Quick Hits Part 3 This week, I was invited to attend a roundtable session in Washington D.C. as an industry expert for FHA Condo Approvals.  Officials from HUD Headquarters facilitated the session and I was part of a group of 16 project consultants.  Here are some m...
03/28/2014
FHA Condo Approvals Roundtable Quick Hits Part 2 This week, I was invited to attend a roundtable session in Washington D.C. as an industry expert for FHA Condo Approvals.  Officials from HUD Headquarters facilitated the session and I was part of a group of 16 project consultants.  Here are some m...
03/28/2014
FHA Condo Approvals Roundtable Quick Hits This week, I was invited to attend a roundtable session in Washington D.C. as an industry expert for FHA Condo Approvals.  Here are some of the quick topics that were discussed at the session. Non-incidental, long-term binding agreements providing income ...
03/27/2014
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