First Time Home Buyer 101

You have decided to take the plunge into home ownership!  Not only does home ownership offer you a sense of pride it also allows you to have a connection and a sense of belonging to your community. Before you begin your search, there are a few things you need to do. Here are my key […]

Events and Freebies for Veterans Day 2017

Veterans Day is a time to celebrate all the Veterans that have served our country.  In honor of their dedication and service, many businesses will have ceremonies and freebies for food and many other things to honor veterans. 

Just what is a home appraisal and why do we need one?

Starting with the dictionary, an Appraisal means:
an act of assessing something or someone, an expert estimate of the value of something.
synonyms: assessment, evaluation, estimation, judgment, rating, gauging, sizing up, summing-up, consideration
synonyms: valuation, estimate, estimation, quotation, pricing; survey

Appraiser Independence Critical to Veterans’ Home Loans, Appraisal Institute Tells Congress

Press Release: The nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers Turesday, April 4th urged Congress to protect the independence of real estate appraisers in the federal program that provides housing loans to military veterans. The Appraisal Institute testified at a Congressional subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill.

Home Staging

       Extra or Essential?   It wasn’t too long ago that home staging was considered an extra but in today’s market we believe it is a essential part of selling your home, fast and for a higher value. There can be many challenges when selling your home but you need to gain that extra […]

5 Secrets to Selling Your Home #5

           #5 Cleaning and Fixing!   Now that you have de-clutter it is time to clean! Attention to detail is key when selling your home. When a prospect is touring your home they will notice everything. You want to make sure that you pay attention to the smalls things that can deter a buyer.  Break out the screw […]

USDA/rural housing maps change Oct. 1

#97707889 / gettyimages.com ORLANDO, Fla. – Aug. 19, 2014 – A favored mortgage product in some areas of Florida will undergo changes on Oct. 1, 2014. The USDA/rural housing mortgage is offered in areas – many times in outlying areas of major cities – with population up to 35,000 and “rural in character.” To determine […]

Average 30-year mortgage rate at 4.14%

#88739018 / gettyimages.com WASHINGTON (AP) – Aug. 8, 2014 – Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose slightly this week but remained near their lows for the year. Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday the nationwide average for a 30-year loan inched up to 4.14 percent from 4.12 percent last week. The average for a 15-year […]

First phase of housing recovery slows

#113456532 / gettyimages.com WASHINGTON – Aug. 8, 2014 – Americans‘ attitudes toward the housing market remain mixed, although a steady improvement in their personal financial outlook may bode well for housing in the coming months, according to Fannie Mae‘s July 2014 National Housing Survey. “The continued cautious sentiment expressed across the range of consumer indicators […]

20% of Fla. home shoppers could enter the market soon

#98158278 / gettyimages.com CHICAGO – July 30, 2014 – A conducted by Pollara survey and released by BMO Harris Bank found that 68 percent of Florida homeowners believe the value of their home will go up over the next 12 months, and 13 percent expect the value of their home to go down. Over the […]