Diane Williams honored
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PA - Diane Williams, a sales associate in the Blue Bell office of Weichert, Realtors, was recently
named part of Weichert's Top 300 in Associate Earnings, placing her in the top 10 in the region and
194 company-wide out of nearly 18,000 associates.
Mortgage applications surge 13.5% as borrowers rush to take advantage of lower rates
Jan 16 - Mortgage application volume rose 13.5 percent last week, compared with the previous week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's seasonally adjusted index.
6 Tax Breaks for Homeowners
Jan 16 - Whether you’re gearing up to file your taxes this year, researching what’s ahead for next year or simply contemplating the benefits to buying a house in the future, there’s a lot to consider.
Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which takes effect for tax filings for the 2018 calendar year, standard deduction increases will likely mean far fewer Americans will need to itemize their
returns to receive the maximum amount of money back. As many as 27 million fewer taxpayers may need to itemize their taxes, according to an estimate from the Tax Policy Center.
Sales Slump Forces Builders to Offer Incentives Again
Jan 14 - More builders reportedly are offering incentives to attract home shoppers, including paying closing costs, buying down mortgage rates, and even cutting prices—a move
builders are usually reluctant to make, the Los Angeles Times reports. “We are really working a little bit harder to get people in the door and to get people excited,” Mark Mullin,
a real estate professional who sells new homes in the L.A. area, told the Times. “These are things [builders] were not having to do a year ago.”
Where to get interest-free loans as the longest-ever government shutdown continues
Jan 11 - With the government shutdown now in its third week, financial regulators are urging creditors to work with borrowers who may have seen their paychecks stop.
Federal workers unable to meet their mortgages, student loans or credit cards bills should be met with "safe-and-sound" lending practices, wrote a group of agencies,
including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. The agencies, in a statement, encouraged financial
institutions to consider "prudent efforts" to modify terms on existing loans or extend new credit to help affected borrowers.
Lennar chairman: Interest rate drop pushes homebuyers back into the market
Jan 9 - After a tough fourth quarter, Lennar's chairman, Stuart Miller, said December's interest rate drop spurred a surge in customer traffic through its model homes.
As one of the nation's largest homebuilders, with a national footprint, what's good for Lennar could bode well for the broader market for new homes in 2019.
Will 2019 Be The Year of the Millennial Homebuyer?
Jan 4 - Only 32 percent of millennials owned a home in 2015, according to a 2018 Millennial Homeownership Report from the Urban Institute. However, that might change in 2019.
While interest rates are rising, housing prices are expected to stabilize, offering additional affordable options to first-time homebuyers. Plus, mortgage lenders are experimenting
with new ways to check creditworthiness and streamline the application process.
Brian Turner, Jordan Mariano and Diane Williams
in Weichert's Blue Bell office. Read article
"Succeeding by Design" seminar panel
Jim Weichert presenting Diane with the Regional
Award at the Kimmel Center for top sales.
Left to Right: Fred Sherman, Alan Greenspan,
Diane Williams, Anthony Santomero
Diane (fourth from the right) at The Closing Bell of
the New York Stock Exchange.