Tara Riesterer Promoted to AVP and Branch Manager of Albany Office

It is my pleasure to announce the promotion of Tara Riesterer to the position of AVP and Branch Manager of our Albany Escrow Branch effective October 1, 2012. Tara restarted her career in 2010 with Fidelity as an Escrow Officer in Albany, and with the staff went through the upheaval and sadness of Marcy Taisey’s passing. She and Kimber then worked together as Escrow Officers in the Branch before Kimber’s ascension to our administrative team. Working closely with Jennifer, Stacey, and … [Read more...]

New home sales ease, but prices hit 5-year high

  By Reuters New U.S. single-family home sales eased in August but held near two-year highs and prices vaulted to their highest level in more than five years, adding to signs of a broadening housing market recovery. The Commerce Department said on Wednesday sales slipped 0.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted 373,000-unit annual rate. July's sales pace was revised up to a 374,000-unit pace, the highest level since April 2010, from the previously reported 372,000 … [Read more...]

Declutter Your Home Before Selling

From Zillow.com DATE:SEPTEMBER 17, 2012 | AUTHOR:ROSLYN ASHFORD Earlier this summer, we were contacted by a real estate agent to manage the decluttering and staging of a home. The seller, while vacationing out of town for a month, had decided to build a home down South and wanted to put her Maryland home on the market while she was out of town. This was the first time my team had decluttered a home without the homeowners present, but we were able tackle it in three hours flat. We found … [Read more...]

Hooked on Pinning?

How Is Pinterest Panning Out for the real estate market? A look at Pinterest, the current stats, and how agents and brands are using this new social networking site as a marketing tool. AUGUST 2012 | BY STEFANIE HAHN So before we begin, know that this article will not tell you to run out and sign up for a Pinterestaccount or risk being on the losing end of this picturesque marketing tool. This article will give you an unbiased look at Pinterest, how the current statistics are panning … [Read more...]

Buying a Foreclosure? Watch Out for These 5 Landmines

AUTHOR:BRENDON DESIMONE | CATEGORY:TIPS & ADVICE  These are trying times for many homeowners. Walk away from a mortgage? Something that was unthinkable and morally offensive 10 years ago is now an option many people are choosing. Home foreclosed? Some people who’ve lost their homes to the bank are stripping the property bare, hoping to sell the appliances to recoup at least some money. As you might expect, buying a foreclosed home comes with opportunities — and certain challenges. Here … [Read more...]

Deciding on a Mortgage? Find out which term is best for you.

Which mortgage term is best for you? by Michele Lerner from HSH.com Once you've decided to take the plunge and switch from renter to homeowner, your first step should be to research your financing options so that you can decide which loan term best suits your needs. The Mortgage Bankers Association reported that 85 percent of purchase home loans in June 2012 were 30-year fixed-rate mortgages , popular among both first-time and repeat homebuyers. But before you jump on the 30-year … [Read more...]

4 Tips for Refinancing Your Mortgage

Interest rates are hitting new record lows, but banks are making the process difficult. Here's how you can improve your chances. By RUTH SIMON There has never been a better time to refinance your mortgage. Rates are at record lows. The government is devising new programs to help homeowners. The economy and job market are improving, albeit slowly. In theory, those factors should be producing a boom in mortgage refinancing. But locking in a deal is proving to be a challenge these days -- … [Read more...]

12 top real estate tips for 2012

By Steve McLinden • Bankrate.com To buy or sell in 2012, what with Armageddon coming and all? Absent any ancient Mayan wisdom on real estate strategies, let's just hope the real cataclysmic event in the real estate market already has passed, even if the rubble from the bubble remains. A stubborn overstock of households with loans higher than their value will continue to restrain prices and create some major obstacles for sellers in 2012, a year that's shaping up to be another homebuyer's … [Read more...]

Should You Refinance?

Deciding if a mortgage refinance is right for you July 31, 2012|By Anya Kamenetz, Tribune Media Services Interest rates on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages are expected to end 2012 at a very low 4.2 percent, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. At press time, they were well under 4 percent for the most attractive borrowers. If you're considering refinancing your mortgage to save money, you have some time, but the deals won't last forever. Here's a checklist to run through to … [Read more...]

Getting Ready For Your Final Walk-Through

5 Tips for the Final Walk-Through DATE:JULY 26, 2012 | AUTHOR:BRENDON DESIMONE    You’ve found the home you love, made the offer, and the seller has accepted. You’ve gotten yourinspections done, your loan is being finalized and an escrow closing date has been set. Great. But you’re not quite finished yet. Your next step is a final walk-through, arranged through your real estate agent, at least a week before closing. The goal: Ensure the property’s condition hasn’t … [Read more...]

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