Lauren Bunting Associate Broker

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  • Adverse-market fee to start Sept. 1

    Thursday, August 27, 2020 Lauren Bunting

    Earlier this month, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced plans to impose a new 0.5 percent adverse-market fee on mortgage refinances starting Sept. 1.

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  • OC housing market strong because of low interest rate

    Thursday, June 04, 2020 Lauren Bunting

    Demand has been very strong in the Ocean City market over the past month due to both being in our spring market (although somewhat postponed due to covid-19) and historically low interest rates.

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  • Differences between down payments and closing costs

    Thursday, May 28, 2020 Lauren Bunting

    Some of the biggest misconceptions in buying a home are related to down payments and closing costs.

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  • FHA Condo Rule Changes

    Sunday, September 01, 2019 Lauren Bunting

    The National Association of Realtors® sent out a press release last week commending the Department of Housing and Urban Development for finalizing new Federal Housing Administration condominium loan policies. The changes, many of which NAR has championed for over

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  • LWB Real Estate Report: Title I Loan

    Monday, January 08, 2018 Lauren Bunting

    There is a Federal Housing Administration program that allows for the financing of a mobile home. It is called the Title I program, and it allows FHA approved lenders to make loans from their own funds to eligible borrowers

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  • LWB Real Estate Report: Appraisal Differences

    Friday, September 01, 2017 Lauren Bunting

    The appraisal of a home is an important step in the real estate process, one that can certainly make or break a deal. An appraisal is a valuation of a property done by a professional, licensed individual who prepares a comprehensive report for a client, which is

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  • MAR support home-buying bill before house

    Sunday, May 31, 2015 Lauren Bunting

    The Maryland Association of Realtors (MAR) makes great efforts in legislative advocacy at the state level, with a focus on supporting and developing legislation that helps the real estate industry and supports the business interests of real estate professionals.

    In a recent news release from MAR, it

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  • FHA takes steps to help underserved

    Friday, May 16, 2014 Lauren Bunting

    The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) issued a news release announcing its "Blueprint for Access".

    This blueprint outlines the additional steps the FHA is taking to expand access to credit for underserved borrowers. These steps include encouraging a broader use of housing counseling and homebuyers will qualify for

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  • Alternative mortgage loans made available

    Friday, March 21, 2014 Lauren Bunting

    Many buyers are aware of both FHA 3.5 percent down loan and the USDA 100% financing loan. Both of these loans require upfront mortgage insurance fees as well as monthly insurance premiums that can really push up the monthly cost of their loan, which reduces purchase power.

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  • FHA Introduces Changes for April 2013

    Monday, April 01, 2013 Lauren Bunting

    Real Estate Report: FHA Introduces Changes to Help Strengthen Its Financial Health.

    In a recent Housing of Urban Development (HUD) news release, a series of changes were announced that will allow the agency to better manage risk and further strengthen the health of the Federal Housing Administration's (FHA)

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  • Help Navigating the Real Estate World

    Wednesday, March 27, 2013 Lauren Bunting

    Many buyers are aware of both FHA 3.5 percent down loan and the USDA 100% financing loan. Both of these loans require upfront mortgage insurance fees as well as monthly insurance premiums that can really push up the monthly cost of their loan, which reduces purchase power.

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  • Boomerang Buyers

    Friday, March 01, 2013 Lauren Bunting

    Real Estate Report: Real Estate Rebound Buyers

    There is a contingency of buyers referred to as "rebound buyers" or "boomerang buyers"--these are the people who lost homes in foreclosures or short sales during the housing bust who are striving to be homeowners again.

    It is estimated

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  • Changes Affecting Home Buyers and Sellers

    Sunday, April 01, 2012 Lauren Bunting

    Changes Affecting Home Buyers and Sellers:

    Various legislative changes and industry modifications are made throughout the year that can affect both homebuyers and sellers. Here are two of the more significant changes in 2012.

    FHA Fees Change: Effective April 1, 2012 there will be an increase to

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  • FHA Waives Anti-Flipping Rules through 2012

    Sunday, January 01, 2012 Lauren Bunting

    Buyers looking to purchase a home with an FHA backed loan will continue to have more leeway to purchase directly from banks or investors with a recent decision by the Federal Housing Administration to extend its waiver on property anti-flipping rules through 2012.

    FHA rules typically prohibit

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  • Foreclosures in Our Market--What Role Do They Play?

    Tuesday, February 08, 2011 Lauren Bunting

    Distressed properties—meaning foreclosures, bank-owned (REO) and short sales, where the property is being sold for less than the mortgage due—are undeniably playing a role in keeping our housing values depressed locally. But…how much so, and when will we see the light at the end of the

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Megan and Brandon Cater

My friend was right, you are the hardest working realtor, bar none. I honestly don’t think that I would have gotten through this house selling process without you. You certainly have done yeomen du...

Brenda Burbage

Lauren made first time homebuying extremely approachable, and took the time to educate me on everything involved in the process.

Amanda Hanke & Keri Swigert

Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication that made this purchase possible. You advocate for your clients and I highly regard you for it. You made it possible for me and my family to achie...

Tom Harutyunyan

Thank you so much for the very wonderful, professional job you did with selling our property. You will always be special to me.

Penny Carley

Lauren’s extensive knowledge of the local real estate market proved to be invaluable during the purchase of our first home. We were beyond impressed by her persistence, dedication and how easy she ...

Allison Shockley & Patrick Molloy

We want to say a sincere “Thank You” for all you've done for us! We know at times the road seemed never ending. Thank you for always staying positive even through our ups and downs of this process....

Mike and Patty Locke

Lauren is very easy to work with. She has helped me sell and buy homes in the area and has always been hard working and professional.

Jennifer K. Leggour


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  • Lauren Bunting Associate Broker
  • 7510 Coastal Highway | Ocean City, MD 21842
  • Office Phone: 410-524-0919
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