Babe Ruth Signature Inspires Awe and a Lawsuit

November 29th, 2011

LUMPY and soiled, its hemp stitching tight in some places and loose in others, it looks like any old baseball: no way to tell immediately that it has a connection to the original field of dreams. But after closely studying the faded script and seeing the scrawled signature of Babe Ruth, the viewer senses a Read More…

The Separate Roles of Love and Money

November 29th, 2011

For older couples contemplating marriage, something in writing has come to mean more than a Valentine’s Day card. The prenuptial agreement, entwining love with money, has become almost as essential a document as the marriage license, say lawyers who draw up such agreements. “Increased longevity means that more couples who are in their 60’s, 70’s Read More…

Banks face deadline on tougher mortgage standards

November 17th, 2011

By Ronald D. Orol, MarketWatch WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Big banks struggling with stalled mortgage modifications face a new hurdle — tighter standards due to take effect in just over two months from housing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Servicers will be required from January to meet tougher rules from Fannie and Freddie, which own Read More…

Realtors® Applaud Bill to Speed Lender Response to Short Sales

November 17th, 2011

Washington, April 13, 2011 A new bill to improve the process for approving short sales may soon bring relief to distressed home owners who are unable to keep their homes and hope to avoid foreclosure. The bill, introduced in the U.S. House yesterday and strongly supported by the National Association of Realtors®, would impose a Read More…

Home Short Sales Rise in ‘Dramatic Shift,’ May Boost Prices

November 17th, 2011

By Kathleen M. Howley (Adds foreclosure and delinquency data in seventh paragraph.) Oct. 18 (Bloomberg) — U.S. home prices may get a boost from an unlikely source: a pickup in sales of properties in default before they reach the stage where they are repossessed by the bank and sold. There has been a “dramatic shift” Read More…

Getting Cash in Exchange for a Short Sale

November 17th, 2011

By ANN CARRNS Jacob Kepler/Bloomberg NewsA short-sale home in Nevada. To avoid further clogging the already sluggish home foreclosure pipeline, some lenders have been offering cash incentives to strapped homeowners at risk of foreclosure to complete short sales and move out of their homes. Chase, for instance, has been quietly offering as much as $35,000 Read More…

The Case for Hiring a Lawyer

November 17th, 2011

by Joseph Plambeack FIRST-TIME buyers in New York City confront a series of choices: co-op or condo, high-rise or walk-up, a second bathroom or just steps from the subway? But there seems to be consensus on at least one decision — whether to hire a real estate lawyer. In New York, unlike most places in Read More…

The Darwin Agency Signs New York Law Firm

November 16th, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Sue Reddy Silverman at 954-916-7977 or sue@thedarwinagency.com THE DARWIN AGENCY SIGNS NEW YORK LAW FIRM Fort Lauderdale, FL, October __, 2011 – The Darwin Agency, a traditional and Internet-based marketing and advertising firm based in Fort Lauderdale, has been retained by The Law Offices of Joseph A. Scutieri, a New York Read More…