Inexpensive Ways to Boost Your Home’s Value

by Michael Collins - Rock Realty December 5, 2012

Inexpensive Ways to Boost Your Home’s Value Although mortgage rates are still at an all-time low, there are lots of homes on the market for potential buyers to choose. This makes competition tougher for sellers. If you are in the market to sell a property, it might be wise to take some time and spend […]

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Changes in Popularity of Features in New Homes

by Michael Collins - Rock Realty November 26, 2012

Changes in Popularity of Features in New Homes The national economy runs through cycles similar to the fashion industry. Things that seem irresistible and trendy this year may be old news by the time next year rolls around. As a result of the economic down turn from the past few years most home builders are […]

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Wisconsin October 2012 Housing Statistics

by Michael Collins - Rock Realty November 20, 2012

The Wisconsin housing statistics are now in for October of 2012. Here is an excerpt from what the Wisconsin Realtors Association (WRA) had to say: “There is no doubt that October was a very strong month for sales, which followed a more moderate pace of growth in September, so it may be that some of […]

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Wisconsin September 2012 Housing Statistics

by Michael Collins - Rock Realty October 23, 2012

The Wisconsin housing statistics are now in for September of 2012. Here is an excerpt from what the Wisconsin Realtors Association (WRA) had to say: “Although the state housing market continues to grow, the growth in September was more modest than the first eight months of the year where home sales increased 21.3 percent”  said […]

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Assuming an Existing FHA Loan or Mortgage

by Michael Collins - Rock Realty October 16, 2012

Assuming an Existing FHA Loan Most mortgages have a requirement that the loan must be paid in full when the property is sold. However, FHA offers a different option to the seller and buyer. It is possible for the buyer to take over the existing FHA mortgage from the current property owner. This is a […]

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VA Mortgage Program has Good News for Veterans and their Families

by Michael Collins - Rock Realty October 10, 2012

VA Mortgage Program Has Good News for Veterans and Their Families photo credit: Tony Fischer Photography via photopin cc Many years ago the United States decided it was a good idea to offer housing benefits for our veterans that were not attainable to other classes of people. The men and women who sacrificed time away from their families and […]

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Number of Foreclosures Showing Signs of Decreasing

by Michael Collins - Rock Realty September 27, 2012

Number of Foreclosures Showing Signs of Decreasing The number of foreclosures in July 2012 is 10% lower than the amount from July 2011. Finally, it looks like the real estate market is making solid improvement. In fact, July 2012 is the 22nd month, in a row, to show a decline in foreclosure activity when compared […]

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Wisconsin August 2012 Housing Statistics

by Michael Collins - Rock Realty September 24, 2012

The Wisconsin housing statistics are now in for August of 2012. Here is an excerpt from what the Wisconsin Realtors Association (WRA) had to say: The home sale recovery began last summer, and sales have grown 20.7 percent year-to-date. “It’s great to see these sales so strong during the peak sales period in the state.” […]

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Wisconsin July 2012 Housing Statistics

by Michael Collins - Rock Realty August 24, 2012

The Wisconsin housing statistics are now in for July of 2012. Here is an excerpt from what the Wisconsin Realtors Association (WRA) had to say: “While the pace of the national economic recovery has been weak this year, Wisconsin home sales have rebounded nicely over the past year,” said Rob Keefe, Chairman of the WRA […]

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Big Differences Between FHA and Conventional Mortgages

by Michael Collins - Rock Realty July 31, 2012

Differences Between FHA and Conventional Mortgages Across the land the vast majority of home buyers use either a FHA or a conventional mortgage to purchase a property. While these loans are similar in a few ways, there are some pronounced differences. Each one has benefits that cater to a particular group of buyers. Understanding how […]

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