DEAR BERNICE: Our house has been on the market for almost six months and we’ve had only one showing. It shows like a model and is in perfect condition. We listed with the top agent in the area who has a stellar record. Our list price is actually under what the comparable sales suggest, even though we updated the entire house just two years ago. We just lowered the price again from $899,000 to $799,000 and still no showings. Even if we were to close the deal at $799,000, we will still have to come up with another $75,000 of our own money to pay off the existing loans. What can we do? –Tom D.
DEAR TOM: Sadly, this is a story that millions of homeowners are facing throughout the country. It’s particularly difficult for anyone who lives in an area where property values skyrocketed. These properties, due to their increased valuation, no longer qualify for what is known as a "conforming loan."