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FHA Lenders Get The Green Light To Use First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit For Closing Costs - 05/29/09 12:46 PM
The other day I wrote a post on how HUD was going to allow FHA approved lenders to help first time home buyers to use the tax credit up front. The kinks needed to be worked out and the green light has been given to these lenders to develop bridge loan programs that first time home buyers can use towards their closing costs, buy down their interest rate, or put down more then the minimum 3.5% already required for an FHA loan.The loans cannot be used to cover the initial 3.5% down payment but but will certainly help home buyers. Any way (0 comments)
Westchester County And The Going Green Revolution - 05/27/09 09:02 PM
Westchester County is constantly evolving and working on ways to improve the quality of live for its roughly 1 million residents. Many of us have had it with traffic on the Hutch, 287, and the Bronx River. My least favorite is I-287 which seems like it has been under construction forever. What I am excited about is the planned improvement for this major roadway, set to be completed in the next couple of years. There will be a high speed bus lane and improved ease of exit into White Plains. Plans for the "new" Tappan Zee bridge are currently being discussed (0 comments)
Changes To The First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit - 05/22/09 07:00 AM
There was a news post put out by HUD (The Dept Of Housing And Urban Development) last week stating that the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is going to allow first time home buyers to "monetize" the tax credit and use it as a sort of bridge loan to make a down payment on a home. This would allow the purchaser to use the money up front rather then use it later. This plan was still in the works and then rumors began that the plan wasn't going to be implemented and that the credit shouldn't be considered debt or a loan but (0 comments)
Westchester Condo For Sale White Plains NY 10603 - 05/18/09 02:24 PM
Just Listed - 21 Lake Street #5H, White Plains, NY 10603 - Condo - 2BR 1 1/2 Baths, Tastefully Updated, Minutes From Bus, Train, Shops, School, And Parks - Public Open House Sunday May 24, 2009 1pm-3pm For More Info And Pics Visit http://www.ChritopherPagli.com ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ (1 comments)
3 Common Home Pricing Mistakes - 05/15/09 02:34 PM
Pricing a home, especially in todays market takes alot of careful research and even then can be difficult. Below I've outlined some of the common mistakes that homeowners make when pricing and hopefully they will help you avoid the same mistakes.1) Hiring An Agent Who Inflates The Price To Get The Listing If you ask several Agents how much they think they can get for your house, and one gives you a significantly higher bid than the others, be cautious: the agent may be trying to "buy" your listing by suggesting an unrealistically high asking price. This practice is unethical and costs you (0 comments)
5 Important Points Of The Home Valuation Code Of Conduct - 05/12/09 07:12 AM
Changes to the home appraisal process haven been long awaited and are finally here. As of May 1, 2009 the following points have been implemented to protect homebuyers, mortgage investors, and the housing market.1) The code prohibits lenders and thrid parties from influencing the development, result, or review of an appraisal report.2) It also requires lenders to provide homebuyers with a copy of the appraisal report no more then three days before closing, which in my opinion shopuld be standard practice anyway. After all the homebuyer is paying anywhere from $350 and up for the report. Some lenders may require the (0 comments)
Westchester County Open House Sleepy Hollow NY 10591 - Sunday May 17 1pm-3pm - 05/11/09 12:03 PM
Public Open House 34 Gordon Ave, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 Sunday May 17 - 1pm-3pm. For More Info Contact Christopher Direct On 914.406.9023 Or Visit http://www.ChristopherPagli.com For Pictures And Listing Info Welcome To The Perfect Starter Home On A Tree Lined Street! Enter To A Bright And Airy Sun Porch, A Living Room W/ Fireplace, Formal Dining Room,Kitchen, And Door To The Patio. The Second Level Hosts Three Bedrooms, A New Full Bath, And Attic Storage. The Basement Is Full And Unfinished Complete With A Door To The Garage, Laundry Hook Ups, And Storage. The Exterior Consists Of A One Car Garage (0 comments)
4 Effects Of Not Having A Certificate Of Ocupancy In Westchester County NY - 05/07/09 07:38 AM
In my last post I discussed the prpose of having a Certificate Of Occupancy, this posst will focus on the effects of not having one. A purchaser might find the following:1) The improvements do not comply with setback requirements set by the local zoning board. This will result in the need for them to be moved or made the subject of applications to the Zoning Board Of Appeals for Variances. A variance is permission obtained by from zoning authorities to build a structure or conduct a use that is expressly prohibited by the current zoning laws.2) The improvements may not have (0 comments)
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