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FIRPTA – Buyer Beware

Posted on by Phil Querin

Lately, there have been some stories about Realtors® and/or title companies having to pay a foreign seller’s federal income tax that was not withheld at the time of closing as it should have been.  About a year ago there was a significant change to how title companies handle FIRPTA withholdings that received scant attention in […]

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What’s in Your REMIC?

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Background. The residential loan market experienced tremendous growth between 2004 and 2007.  Lenders were able to accommodate millions of borrowers, because they quickly sold the loans they made into the secondary mortgage market, thus “recycling” their funds for further loans.  Initially, the secondary mortgage market was dominated by two major players, Fannie Mae and Freddie […]

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ROBO-SIGNERS WANTED – No Experience Necessary

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“Why, anybody can have a brain. That’s a very mediocre commodity. Every pusillanimous creature that crawls on the Earth or slinks through slimy seas has a brain. Back where I come from, we have universities, seats of great learning, where men go to become great thinkers. And when they come out, they think deep thoughts […]

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Distressed Housing, Distressed Marriage

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After the few short months since starting my solo real estate practice, I have met with dozens of folks experiencing the trauma of dealing with huge negative equity in their homes.  In lay terms, they’re “underwater” – meaning that the value of their home has dropped below what they paid, and frequently is now less […]

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