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May 2024

Understanding Your Property Tax Bill

I recently came across this article in the Huffington Post and thought I’d share.  This is the time of year when we get questions and concerns about tax assessments and how they are determined.  Understanding this process can be confusing especially for first time buyers.   I always encourage my clients to call their local tax assessor’s office if…

Protect your property records-FREE

Protect your property records-FREE FOR YOUR INFORMATION: Protect your property records with @PolkCountyClerk’s FREE new Property Alert Service. With property fraud on the rise, it’s more important than ever to monitor your records. This FREE service emails registered users each time an official record (e.g. deed, mortgage, lien, etc…) is recorded with their name and/or…

Real Estate May Be a Safe Haven in a Bear Market

Rental properties can help level out the peaks and valleys in your portfolio. Is a bear market on the way? That’s the question experts and investors alike have been debating for months. Given the cyclical nature of the market, it’s unrealistic to expect the current bull market to continue its run forever. What’s uncertain is…

A Homebuyer’s Guide to Federal Policy on Mortgage Lending

Buying a home can get intense, and you can easily feel intimidated by the lending process and closing requirements. Federal policies affecting mortgage lending has seen many changes in the wake of the subprime mortgage crisis that began in 2007, putting a stronger focus on eliminating predatory lending and increasing transparency for the borrower. Hearing…

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