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.
Can we afford this home? It’s a question that many buyers ask themselves when walking through a home. If you are like me, you go to open houses “just to look.” You may get design ideas, imagine yourself and your family enjoying the yard, cooking in a completely remodeled kitchen, or sitting around the fireplace on a cold evening. Although I am a practical person who is financially conservative, I LOVE looking at homes, even the ones I am not sure I can afford.
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.
On January 1, 2014, a new California law went into effect – California Civil Code §841. The law concerns replacement and maintenance of shared fences, boundaries and monuments.
Once again, RPM Mortgage, Inc. comes in as one of the top three Bay Area lenders. On May 14, DataQuick reported “the most active lenders to Bay Area home buyers last month were Wells Fargo with 14.5% of the purchase loan market, Bank of America with 4.7% and RPM Mortgage with 3.2%.” The ranking makes RPM the leader among independently owned and operated mortgage lenders.
Last week RPM Mortgage, Inc. celebrated the grand opening of a new Southern California office in Glendora Village. Members of the local business community, including fellow Glendora Village business owners, referral partners, and members of the Chamber of Commerce, gathered at RPM’s new office for a baseball-themed party. Guests enjoyed a festive atmosphere complete with warm sunny weather, live music, and food from the Butcher Shop in La Verne. RPM’s neighbor on Glendora Avenue, Fiorina Clothing, treated guests to an extra 20% during the party.
Four Tips for Avoiding Surprises at Closing
The closing date marks the official end of the home search and buying process. It’s an important day worthy of celebration. On this date buyers complete paperwork, submit all required documentation, pay fees and make first payments, all leading up to the moment of truth – when keys are finally handed over! So how does such an exciting, highly anticipated moment become so stressful?
In celebration of Earth Day, teams from RPM offices in Washington and Oregon partnered with local charities to protect the planet and give back to the community. Team efforts were guided by the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle mantra, focusing on waste reduction and protection of natural resources. From this earth-friendly platform, the teams extended their outreach to benefit local community members in need.
Today is the day for ATR/QM and every lender’s head has been swimming with acronyms, ratios and percentages to get their people ready. To simplify matters (if that’s possible), the primary issues at hand are broken into three distinct categories:
The last five years we have been blessed with low interest rates spurred in large part by Quantitative Easing (the purchasing of US securities by the Fed in the open market). The Mortgage and Real Estate sectors as well as the American consumer have all been benefactors of this low rate environment, and played a part in contributing to the recovery in the US economy.