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"Don't Wait, Buy Now, and Here's Why" by Brenda Kinsey - 01/27/10 12:21 AM
In November, the government extended the First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit to include non-first time homebuyers and allowed for it to continue through the end of April 2010. So why wouldn't you jump in and take advantage of the market, tax credit and low interest rates.
In 1993, at 23 I was thrilled to purchase my first house with an 8% mortgage rate. 10 years prior if you bought a house you would have experienced a 16% rate. Today rates have dropped to below 5%! According to Freddie Mac, the rate on that standard mortgage averaged 4.99% this week, (2 comments)
Plain English: "How to Choose a Realtor" by Melanie Herring - 01/27/10 12:17 AM
When we are about to make a big decision i.e buying a car, or making any kind of large purchase we tend to discuss it with our friends and family to get their opinions or advice. If they have also recently had a similar decision to make - even better!! Sometimes, we ignore what they say, because we think we know better!! That would be me! When buying a house, especially for the first time, it is incredibly scary, overwhelming and a very uncertain time. You're always wondering if you have made the right choice and have been given the best (0 comments)
"Infomercials & Foreclosures" by Derrick Houston - 01/27/10 12:08 AM
Hey everyone out there. So you've seen and heard the commercials. "I bought this house for pennies on the dollar," or "I bought 3,000 square foot house for $50,000!" Yea...if it only worked that way for everyone. It doesn't. Typically what these companies are referring to are the foreclosure and tax sales held every first Tuesday of the month at the county court houses. Picture a room packed full of people looking for "a deal." Well, your "deal" has been research by amateurs and pros alike.
If you want to go down to the court house steps to buy one (3 comments)
"Location, Location, Celina, Tx." by David Kinsey - 01/27/10 12:03 AM
When you hear people talk real estate, you will hear LOCATION, LOCATION, and LOCATION. A lot of truth. But what does "location" really mean. The street, subdivision, town, or county? Well, really it means all of that. One of the things I think that makes a town a great place to live in is the community involvement. Celina Texas is such a town. Not only does the community and its churches support the town, its citizens, and the kids, the Board of Education reaches out to the community for that support. Just recently in The Celina Record, ( a part of (0 comments)
"The Bridges" by Brenda Kinsey - 01/27/10 12:01 AM
It's been a great a week for our team. We added a few more listings and everyone is getting into the routine of the new year. Since our team covers most of north Texas, we decided it would be beneficial to have a second office, north of the Dallas area. Last year The Kinsey Group partnered up with The Bridges at Preston Crossings, a premier golf course and equestrian community to help market and promote the new community, where we opened our office within the community's sales center, located at 17970 FM 121, Gunter, Texas. The Bridges (www.bridgestexas.com) is a wonderful (1 comments)
Plain English: "Escrow" by Melanie Herring - 01/26/10 11:57 PM
Escrow ... that scary word that you've heard before and you know it means parting with money, but you're not quite sure what it means and exactly where your money is going!!! An escrow holder is usually recommended by the broker, although the principles whom are either the buyer, seller, lender, or borrower have the right to select anyone who has an escrow account. An escrow itself is simply where your earnest money goes and the escrow holder is the person who looks after it. By the way, it's called earnest money because earnest means you are making a serious offer (1 comments)
The Kinsey Group: Genesis by Lady B - 01/10/10 11:39 PM
Hmmm....I wasn't very good at writing in high school or college and 20 years later I am not much better! The truth be known....I would rather be outside in 10 degrees showing homes to a client than sitting in my home office working on this blog. Having said that....if we are going to succeed we have to step it up and doing a few things that make us feel uncomfortable. I would still rather freeze in a vacant foreclosure. Recently, my husband and I began building a real estate team to help grow our real estate business. January 1, 2010 was (1 comments)
What To Consider Before Marketing Your House by Derrick Houston - 01/10/10 10:53 PM
Hey out there. Well this is my first blog and I am excited to start one. My name is Derrick L. Houston and I am a real estate consultant in the Dallas Metro Area with The Kinsey Group at Keller Williams Dallas Preston Rd. You should follow us on Facebook at http://tinyurl.com/ylmzcxs. So today I am going to discuss some things you should consider before marketing your house for sale. Of course the first step is call me. No, seriously. You can research how much you think your house is worth on the internet, pull your most recent tax value assessment (0 comments)
Plain English: First Time Homebuyer's Tax Credit by Melanie Herring - 01/10/10 10:43 PM
Did you know that you can access the money that you would receive from the first time homebuyers tax credit before waiting to file your 2009 or 2010 tax return? A "first time home buyer" is a buyer who has not owned a home during the three-year period prior to the purchase. If you are married, the law will look at the homeownership history of both partners. You must also be over 18!! As if anyone under 18 is going to buy a home anyway!!! If you believe that you do qualify for the tax credit you can reduce your income (0 comments)
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