Fannie Mae Loan Updates Are Good News for Buyers

Fannie Mae recently announced changes to conforming loan guidelines and all of the updates are potentially very good news for borrowers. In fact, a recent Forbes article stated that “mortgage financing will become more available to more home buyers as a couple of game changing underwriting guideline enhancements come online.” It’s important to understand what has changed and what it means in terms of qualifying for a mortgage. Here are some highlights:

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Energy Efficiency And Real Estate Value

Studies continue to show that homes with green or energy efficient features can command a higher sales price. With the promise of lower utility costs and increased comfort, it’s no surprise that homeowners are willing to invest in an energy efficient environment. Although the potential benefits are clear, a recent Washington Post article points out that “…it’s often less than clear how such upgrades are valued in the real estate market by appraisers, lenders, or purchasers — or even how information about a home’s energy characteristics should be conveyed to real estate agents and potential homebuyers.” That is slowly changing…

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5 Ways to Find Your Dream Neighborhood

Most house hunters have a clear vision of their dream home. A gourmet kitchen. A yard for the kids. Lots of natural light. But how often is equal consideration given to the finer details of the location? How do you evaluate a neighborhood to determine if your dream home is truly in your dream location? Here are 5 ways to figure out if a neighborhood matches your lifestyle and investment goals.

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Communities Benefit from RPM’s Growth

Spring and summer are typically busy buying and selling seasons for the real estate market. Recent reports from industry experts indicate that the housing market continues to recover at a slow but fairly steady rate. According to Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors, the economy should be rising about 4% – 5% percent to make up for the downfall after a recession. Instead Yun calculates that the economy has been growing closer to 2% a year. As market conditions change, RPM Mortgage is keeping pace and is poised to serve the varying needs of community members. With an effective lending structure and a team of experts already in place, RPM is strengthening its presence in existing service areas and expanding into new communities.

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RPM Cooks Chili For A Cause

Last week, at a fundraising event to benefit the Contra Costa Association of REALTORS’® Helping Hands organization, four members of the RPM team gathered to cook, judge and chow down at a Charity Chili Cook-ON. The fundraising event was the very first of its kind for CCAR and featured chili recipes prepared by members of the community who competed to win in categories for Best REALTOR® Chili Team, Best Chili Affiliate Team and the People’s Choice Award. A panel of five judges, including RPM’s own George Moody, blind-sampled nearly 30 entries based on taste, texture, appearance and aroma.

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