Monday, November 24, 2008

For the second month in a row, Florida's existing home sales rose in October: Florida Realtors reported a 15 percent increase in activity in the year-to-year comparison; last month's sales of existing condos statewide increased 5 percent in the year-to-year comparison. Meanwhile, NAR reports that existing-home sales fell 3.1 percent from the strong gain seen in September.Read the full story:

Friday, November 21, 2008

Right now, yes in the year 2008, is the most affordable time to purchase a house in the last 35 years...
Based info from the NAR (National Association of Realtors), every year, the combination of median single family home price, family income, qualifying income, interest rates = the Housing affordibility index.
Here is how it works, a score of 100 means a family has the exact amount of income to qualify for a home, a score of 120 means a family has 120% of the income needed, therefore making it actually more affordable & the home mortgage payment a smaller portion of their bills..
So, we need to spread the word!!, there is no technical, financial, or analytical reason not to buy a home..
Not only is it the classic rallying cray of a "Great time to Buy" but its actually the "BEST time to Buy in out of the past 35 years"!!!!
Wow!! That is something to write home about... or at least to write to customers about homes about...

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Good Faith Estimates will be standardized effective Jan. 1, 2010, under rules issued by HUD yesterday. The change, HUD says, will save consumers $700 at the closing table by making it easier to compare mortgage offers from competing banks.Read the full story:

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Starting Jan. 1, 2009, FHA will insure single-family home mortgages up to $271,050 in low-cost areas, and up to $625,500 in high-cost areas. While the February stimulus package temporarily raised the FHA maximum higher, $625,500 still represents a significant increase over the original $362,790 limit.Read the full story:

Monday, November 10, 2008

Clippings from Lake City Reporter... all credit goes to Lake City Reporter and/or Forbes.

In the most recent issue of Forbes, the magazine lists the most and least vulnerable towns in the United States. Using criteria that focuses on 141 micropolitan areas in the nation, Lake City ranks 95th out of the 141 — the higher the ranking, the better, Forbes explained.

Of the Florida cities listed, only one — Key West, which is labeled the second least vulnerable town in the U.S. — ranks higher than Lake City.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Obama Will Support Housing, Says NARPresident-elect Barack Obama is likely to make a housing market recovery a central part of his economic revival plan, NAR leaders said Thursday.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Citizens Property Insurance Corp. announced that it will begin offering a Commercial Nonresidential Multi-peril (CNR-M) policy on Nov. 17, 2008. This new policy will be available to eligible nonresidential entities statewide.Read the full story:

Monday, November 03, 2008