5 Secrets to Selling Your Home #3

       Secret # 3 – Get your floors and carpet clean!   When a buyer is touring your home you want them thinking about how they could imagine themselves living there. As they are walking from room to room imagining how they would decorate or how awesome a certain area is for entertaining […]

Home Owners Associations (HOA)

 Love Them or Hate Them There are many factors that come into play when you are shopping for a new home. One important factor you should not take lightly is if you are willing to live in a community  with an HOA. Home Owners Associations are an organization in a subdivision, condominium or planned unit development. The purpose of […]

‘Boomerang’ buyers get second chance

#158530973 / gettyimages.com On June 17, 2014 – About 7.2 million homes have been lost to foreclosure or short sale since the housing crash began, according to housing data from Black Knight Financial Services. That has forced millions of former homeowners into renting, as they work to rebuild their credit. But a government program launched […]

New Short Sale Rules

“News You Can Use from Chris McLaughlin” just released this blog post about new regulations for Short Sales. New short sale rules – cheat sheet  Recently the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced that both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are issuing new guidelines for mortgage servicers that will essentially consolidate all short sale programs into […]

Real Estate Market Finding Balance with Fewer Foreclosures and more Short Sales

There’s an interesting article in the new section on the Florida Association of Realtors website.  It’s an analysis of the Fiserv Case-Shiller Indexes and has positive projections for the future of real estate!  Here’s the link : http://www.floridarealtors.org/NewsAndEvents/article.cfm?id=279324 The gist of it is that finally after five years plus of decline, housing prices are starting to […]

Making an Offer on Short Sales and Foreclosures

Who Calls the Shots On both a Short Sale and a Foreclosure property, the Bank holding the mortgage is the one who calls the shots. In a Short Sale scenario the homeowner may still be involved but the Bank either accepts or rejects the offer. On Short Sales, many Banks have begun establishing the price […]

Big News for Underwater Homeowners

  A guide to administration’s new mortgage-refi plan. If You Are Underwater – You Must Click This Link The choices for homeowners underwater has been dismal at best. The homeowner could refinance under the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) adopted in 2009. However to qualify, the home’s value could not be less than 25% below […]

Market Analysis for Tampa – St Pete – Clearwater

Local Market Report, Second Quarter 2011 Published by the National Association of REALTORS® Knowledge is power and with the information provided by the National Association of REALTORS® you can arm yourself with accurate Tampa area market statistics. View the full report  to see comprehensive information in various real estate categories such as: Drivers of Local Supply […]