Land Park, East Sacramento
and Curtis Park Specialist

CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR IN SACRAMENTO…A WINNER!

CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR IN SACRAMENTO…A WINNER!

CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR IN SACRAMENTO…A WINNER!

If you hadn’t planned on going to the California State Fair in Sacramento…reconsider! I went there today with my granddaughters and mother and had a great time! We pet llamas, wallabys (even the baby in the pouch), fawns, goats, pot bellied pigs, roosters, a donkey, and sheep. We looked at miniature horses and gihugic horses. We saw calves 1 day old and 10 piglets that put a whole new definiation to cute! We rode the ponies too! But, that isn’t what impressed me. Here’s what impressed me: A fair worker stopping to ask a motorist if she could help her (she was stopped in front of the gate). A fair worker cleaning the outside of the garbage can to be sure it was clean. Hand washing stations everywhere. Drinking fountain stations everywhere. Flowers..beautiful flowers and greenery in every corner. The moved the little ones rides to the other side of the fair near the petting zoo, so the kiddies aren’t forced to play with the big kids. So, think again…this may be the best one...

HVCC 101

There has been a lot of confusion about HVCC and what it means to our industry. I would like to present a “basics” blog to explain the repercussions of these well intentioned guidelines. First: a glossary of termsHVCC – Housing Value Code of ConductAMC – Appraisal Management CompanyAndrew Cuomo – New York Attorney General Who:In an attempt to ensure lenders could not put undue pressure on appraisers to value a home higher than appropriate, Andrew Cuomo took it upon himself to create a new set of guidelines referred to as HVCC. He also informed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that if they didn’t adopt his new guidelines, he would sue them. They adopted HVCC. What:The HVCC demands that an AMC is created. The AMC would hire the appraisers necessary to perform appraisals as requested by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for all conventional loans. Where:These new guidelines are being implemented nationally. How:1. A buyer and seller negotiate what both feel to be a fair market value for the property.2. The buyer’s lender gets a copy of the fully executed contract.3. The lender then contacts an AMC to have the property appraised.4. The AMC then retains the services of the next appraiser on their list of appraisers for that area.5. The appraiser then goes to the property to get the information necessary to do an accurate appraisal.6. The lender then receives the appraisal from the AMC. General Guidelines:1. Realtors and lenders cannot have any direct contact with the appraiser unless contacted by the appraiser. Even then, they are not to have any conversation with the appraiser that might influence the...
WHERE IS YOUR DINING ROOM TABLE?

WHERE IS YOUR DINING ROOM TABLE?

It sounds like a crazy title, but read on… I grew up sitting at a table with my parents, brother and grandmother. We talked about our day, our thoughts, and laughed…a lot. I didn’t appreciate it at the time, but we “got” each other as a result. I wish I could have a “do over” and recreate that experience for my own children. We were always on the go. We sat down in the family room, the television blaring, and ate…oblivious to each other. Oh, how I wish I could change that. I do have a wonderful family, and we do “get” each other…but it could have been so much better. So, here I am. I am hoping that if I can get just one person to change their routine…to actually have their family sit at a table and chat…this blog will have had more impact than any post I have ever done. Change…the most difficult, yet rewarding thing we can do. That’s it....