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With today's tight inventory and plenty of buyers competing for the same properties, don't forget to add a cover letter to your offer. A handwritten letter from the borrower(s) on how much they love the home and can see raising their kids there, etc. (you get the picture) as well as a letter from you relaying some pertinent info could be what it takes to get your offer accepted in this competitive environment.

In the case of the past three Fed rate hikes, day-to-day mortgage rates had been moving higher leading up to the hike and then generally moved lower after the hike was announced. If you've heard the phrase "buy the rumor, sell the news," that's what this paradoxical movement is all about. Market participants are so tuned-into what will PROBABLY happen that they've fully accounted for what ACTUALLY happens. Widespread consensus on Fed rate hikes results in widespread efforts to push rates higher. More often than not, markets overshoot the goal and rates fall after the hike is confirmed.

With data breaches so common, make a habit of checking one of your credit reports every four months. Why every four months? Because you’re entitled to one free credit report per year from each of the three credit reporting agencies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. Go to annualcreditreport.com and download one of yours this month. Then, check it for mistakes or accounts that don’t look familiar. If you find a mistake, dispute it.

The average credit score for home buyers increased by four between the fourth quarters of 2015 and 2016, rising from 733 to 737, according to new data from CoreLogic’s Housing Credit Index. During the fourth quarter of 2016, the share of home buyers with credit scores under 640 was about one-tenth the level recorded in 2001. Mortgage credit scores range from 300 to 850.

Sam Khater, CoreLogic's Deputy Chief Economist, writes in the company's Insights blog that FHA's share of the purchase market skyrocketed from a low of 4% in February 2007 to a peak of 39% in November 2009. As private lenders fled, mortgage insurers collapsed, and the government sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac tightened lending standards, FHA became about the only option for low down payment loans.

2017 Annual TAAR Christmas Party - TRAVERSE CITY COUNTRY CLUB

6 Credit Hour Continuing Education + Code of Ethics IN CADILLAC

6 Credit Hour Continuing Education + Code of Ethics

Lunch & Learn - Corporate Settlement Solutions

Lunch & Learn - Credit Reports and Credit Scores

2017 Annual Strawberries & Toast Affiliate EXPO - HAGERTY CENTER

2017 Annual TAAR/Affiliate Golf Outing - GRAND TRAVERSE RESORT

Affiliate After Hours & Chili Cook-Off Competition

Joe Minicozzi Grand Traverse County 3D Economic Analysis Presentation

Joe Minicozzi Grand Traverse County 3D Economic Analysis Presentation

Joe Minicozzi Grand Traverse County 3D Economic Analysis Presentation

Lunch & Learn - Retirement Planning for REALTORS®

Lunch & Learn - RADON (A WCR-hosted Event)

**CANCELLED** Continuing Education Class + Code of Ethics CADILLAC

Lunch & Learn - Fractional Ownership Real Estate

Lunch & Learn - Send Out Cards Appreciation Marketing

Lunch & Learn - IDX Websites for Realtors

Lunch & Learn - Digital Marketing for Realtors (SCORE)

Lunch & Learn - The Wellness Champions

TAAR REALTOR® Safety Series - Homeowner Safety

TAAR REALTOR Safety Series - 2 Hour Hands on Personal

Lunch & Learn - Small Business Marketing for Realtors (SCORE)

Lunch & Learn - THE MOLDY TRUTH / What REALTORS need to know

TAAR REALTOR Safety Series - Personal Safety

SOLD OUT!! - TAAR REALTOR Safety Series - Personal Safety

Lunch & Learn - Facebook for Your Real Estate Business - Capital Title

Lunch & Learn - Non-Public Information

6 Credit Continuing Education Class + Code of Ethics

6 Credit Continuing Education Class + Code of Ethics

6 Credit Continuing Education Class

TAAR Welcomes NAR Economist Lawrence Yun

2016 Annual General Membership Meeting

2016 Annual TAAR Christmas Party

2016 TAAR Affiliate Appreciation Event - TAILGATE PARTY!!!

2016 Annual TAAR/Affiliate Golf Outing

Affiliate After Hours & Chili Cook-off Competition

Lunch & Learn - "Ask the Underwriter"

2016 TAAR Strawberries & Toast

Lunch & Learn - Educating Your Client on the Lending Process

Lunch & Learn - REVERSE MORTGAGES

SOLD OUT!! Lunch & Learn - Septic and Sewer Inspections

TAAR Meet and Greet - Caberfae Peaks Cadillac

MSHDA/RD Free Con-Ed - "Delivering the Dream"

Lunch & Learn - Customer Service Techniques - Traverse City State Bank

Lunch & Learn - Professional Women in Building

Lunch & Learn - On-Air Advertising Strategies

Lunch & Learn "CFPB Changes"

Business On Tap - TAAR After Hours Event / National Cherry Festival

TAAR Affiliate After Hours - We're Going WEST! Hotel Frankfort

Lunch & Learn "The Buy and Sell Agreement"

Lunch & Learn "Reverse Mortgages for Purchase"

LUNCH & LEARN - "Underwriting Updates and Conditions" - 5/3 Bank

Independence Day Observed - TAAR Office Closed

MSHDA / RD Con-Ed Training (2 CE Credits)

Presidents Day and Washington's Birthday

LUNCH & LEARN - "Reverse Mortgages for Purchase" - Lunch Provided!

LUNCH & LEARN - "New Dawn in Closings - 2015" - Lunch Provided!

2015 Annual TAAR Realtor/Affiliate Golf Outing

Memorial Day - TAAR CLOSED

LUNCH & LEARN - "Time Traps" - Traverse City State Bank

Christmas Eve - TAAR CLOSING EARLY

LUNCH & LEARN - The Homeowner's Policy - Mid-American Title

Conservation Easement LEGAL Workshop - GTRLC

Conservation Easements Workshop - GTRLC

Lunch & Learn Workshop - Send Out Cards

TAAR Affiliate After Hours - Affiliate Appreciation

Fair Housing Workshop for Rental Professionals

Lunch & Learn - HomeStyle Renovation Loans

Technology Training for Realtors

LUNCH & LEARN - Ways to Resolve Down Payment Issues

LUNCH & LEARN CANCELLED - VA Loans

WCR Home Tour - TAAR Conference Center

WCR Home Tour - TAAR Conference Center

Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) Designation Training

Robert's Rules / Parliamentary Procedures

2014 Annual TAAR Affiliate/Realtor Golf Outing

CON-ED Course - MSHDA & RURAL DEVELOPMENT

CON-ED Course - "Road to Good Credit"