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Late last week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released the long-awaited revisions to the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act regulations. Among the changes are expanded Good Faith Estimate (GFE) and requirements and HUD-1 statement. One change that would have requi...
11/21/2008
On Thursday, both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac issued press releases stating they would suspend the eviction of occupants and the sale of properties financed with mortgages in foreclosure until January 2009.  According to Fannie Mae, the halt in foreclosure sales is to allow its mortgage modificat...
11/21/2008
On Thursday, Livermore Vice Mayor John Marchand stopped by the Livermore Marketing Association meeting and briefed the audience on the latest happenings in downtown Livermore including:  Lucky Shopping Center: The shopping center located at L Street and Railroad Avenue is being demolished.  Plans...
11/21/2008
Finding a job during tough economic times doesn't have to be tough...if you know which strategies work. Here are some tips for beating the odds: Take Networking to the Next Level: Networking is always a great job strategy, but in the current economic climate, you need to go a step beyond letting ...
11/21/2008
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, fall is in full swing. And that means we'll soon be gathering with family and friends to share the joy of the holiday season. But instead of just passing mashed potatoes and stuffing at the dinner table, we may also be passing around something else... the drea...
11/21/2008
We all have important documents and valuables in our homes that we want to protect from theft and disaster. For many people, safe deposit boxes at banks provide a safe place to store those valuables outside of the home. After all, file cabinets and even fire-resistant cases in your house are sti...
11/15/2008
This week NAR reported that the FHFA, the regulator and conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, will announce the 2009 conforming loan limits by November 7. According to NAR conforming loan limits in some high cost areas could be reduced in 2009 unless Congress takes action.  Legislation pass...
10/31/2008
The Department of Veterans Affairs has published a notice clarifying the Veterans' Benefits Improvement Act of 2008.  This legislation changed the VA home loan guarantee program including permanently increasing the VA loan limits. According to NAR, the VA has determined that beginning January 1,...
10/31/2008
On Thursday City of Fremont Planning Department staff held a community workshop to discuss plans for meeting the city's housing needs over the next 20 years.  Planning consultant Don Weden made a presentation about population, energy consumption and environmental issues that Fremont residents sh...
10/31/2008
The Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco will be holding a Homeownership Preservation Meeting on Monday, November 3 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm.    The workshop will be held at the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® 1651 North 1st St. in San Jose.  This event was organized very quickly by th...
10/31/2008
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