Fannie Mae EXTENDS Popular Closing Cost Assistance Program!

Welcome Back Readers!  It’s been a hugely busy month for me in real estate, with the end of the Federal Tax Credit for Homebuyers the Lancaster County real estate market has warmed up with the spring!  Even as we close the door on the tax credit, there are many, many other incentives still available for buyers though as we proceed through summer.

For example, I wrote a post a few months ago about Fannie Mae offering  3.5% closing costs assistance/appliance credits for buyers.  Due to the popularity of this program (according to Fannie Mae that is), they have extended the program through June! 

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Remodeling Lancaster – Green is Good Color, it’s Even Better in your Wallet!

Welcome Back Viewers!  Thanks for stopping by, today we have the start of our GREEN series in honor of Earth Day!  Matt Blank, from MBC Building and Remodeling, LLC is here to share some tips with you on how being earth friendly can save you lots of money!  You’ll have to watch the video to find out more, but in the meantime don’t forget to call MBC Building and Remodeling at 717-371-5136 for all of your home improvement needs!

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The Numbers are In – February was Pretty Good!

Welcome Back Readers!   It’s time for a Market Update, The Lancaster County Association of Realtors® (LCAR) just  released their monthly recap of real estate market activity in February 2010 and there were a few good things to point out.

I’ll tell you what those are after the jump, but in the meantime just a note, March was busier than February, April will most likely be too.  As a reminder, if you are buying a home, as a first time buyer or a repeat buyer, you have 29 days left to place a home under agreement to ensure that you qualify.  Buyers who want to claim the credit must have a home under agreement by 4-30-10 and must settle by 6-30-10.  Call me if you’d like more details, now on the the market report!
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Legos, Tax Credits and Lancaster County Real Estate!

Welcome Back Viewers! 

Thanks for stopping by, it’s time for another video blog post here on www.TheLancasterConnection.com, there’s some great info in there on tax credits that will save you money, check out the video to find out more and click through the jump to get the links mentioned in the video!

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Did You Know That We Can Blame it All on Snow?

Welcome Back Readers!  Or should I say viewers?  This is the first of many video blog posts on www.TheLancasterConnection.com .  I’m excited about being able to bring you this content in a way that is relevant and timely but don’t worry, there will be more than just video posts to keep you up to date on what’s happening in real estate and the rest of Lancaster County, as we’ll still have all of your favorite guest authors as well!

This week, I wanted to talk to you about snow and ice.  Not just any snow, but huge amounts of snow and ice we had that according to NAR is bringing the national housing market to a halt.  Or is it?

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The Trouble with Tribbles or Why Loan Modifications are Failing to Solve the Foreclosure Problem

Welcome Back Readers!  I put up a post the yesterday about how FHA has recently changed their policies to allow loan modifications for qualifying borrowers before they miss a payment .  This is a great policy and I sincerely hope it will help more people stay in their homes.  The problem though is that in many cases it won’t.  Loan modifications nationwide are failing to help avoid foreclosures.  Why is that?  What does it have to do with Tribbles again?  Read on after the jump to find out! Continue reading