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Harbour Pointe Lake Front Home Open House - 03/31/12 04:45 AM
Harbour Pointe Lake Front Home Open House Join us April 1 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at 625 SW Lighthouse Drive in Harbour Pointe in Palm City Immaculate Newer Lake Side Home in Harbour Pointe, Palm City
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View Our Featured Listings! Harbour Pointe Lake Front Home Open House Previously posted: Spacious, Newer Harbour Pointe Lakeside Home in Palm City, Florida - Open HouseSpacious, Newer Harbour Pointe Lakeside Home in Palm City, Florida - Open House Join us on Sunday March 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. to see this (6 comments)
Open House in the Palm Cove Golf and Yacht Club April 1 - 03/30/12 04:08 AM
Open House in the Palm Cove Golf and Yacht Club Join us April 1 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. to view this spectacular home in the Palm Cove Golf and Yacht Club Live the Good Life in the Palm Cove Golf and Yacht Club
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View Our Featured Listings! Open House in the Palm Cove Golf and Yacht Club Previously posted: Palm Cove Golf and Yacht Club Pool Home with 50' Dock Open HousePalm Cove Golf and Yacht Club Pool Home with 50' Dock Open House Exceptional (9 comments)
Willoughby Golf Club Open House - 03/29/12 04:11 AM
Willoughby Golf Club Open House Join us on Sunday, April 1, 2012 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at 4585 SE Waterford Drive in the Willoughby Golf Club Your host will be Jessica Bohner Search for all Willoughby Golf Club Homes for Sale
View Our Featured Listings! Willoughby Golf Club Open House Previously posted: Spacious Willoughby Golf Club Pool Home is PendingSpacious Willoughby Golf Club Pool Home is Pending We are under contract for 3481 SE Doubleton Drive in the Willoughby Golf Club. Should be a smooth and quick close. ... Coming Soon: Custom Willoughby Golf Club Pool Home with (2 comments)
There are currently 32 active condo listings. (Unchanged from last January)
4 Condo sales are pending and awaiting close or lender approval. (Up 1 from January)
1Condos Sales closed in Februaryr (Down 4 from January)
The Hobe Sound condo market (Zip Code 33455) is a very small segment of both Hobe (0 comments)
Open House in this Fabulous Palm Cove Golf and Yacht Club Home - 03/28/12 03:59 AM
Open House in this Fabulous Palm Cove Golf and Yacht Club Home Join us April 1 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. to view this spectacular home in the Palm Cove Golf and Yacht Club Search for all Palm Cove Golf and Yacht Club Homes for Sale
View Our Featured Listings! Open House in this Fabulous Palm Cove Golf and Yacht Club Home Previously posted: Palm Cove Golf and Yacht Club Pool Home with 50' Dock Open HousePalm Cove Golf and Yacht Club Pool Home with 50' Dock Open House Exceptional opportunity in the Palm Cove Golf and Yacht Club (7 comments)
This Spacious Willoughby Golf Club Pool Home is Pending. It is an impeccably maintained, beautiful, and very spacious golf course home featuring 3 BR, 4 BA (plus cabana bath) with 2.5 car garage, with a screened heated pool and spa. Bright open spaces, high ceilings, an included entertainment system, custom built ins, wet bar, summer kitchen (grill included), office, electric hurricane shutters, immense storage and much, much more. Large lanai with (2 comments)
Hobe Sound Florida Market Report ZIP Code 33455 – Residential, February 2012 Hobe Sound Real Estate Snapshot for ZIP Code 33455, Residential Sales for February 2012 For February 2012 in the 33455 Zip Code area of Hobe Sound, Florida : There are currently 342 active listings. ( A decrease of 17 homes from January)
102 Residential sales are pending and awaiting close or lender approval (An increase of 22 homes from January)
31 Homes Sold in February (An increase of 11 homes from last month)
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Jensen Beach Florida Market Report ZIP Code 34957 – Condo, February 2012 - 03/26/12 04:46 AM
Jensen Beach Florida Market Report ZIP Code 34957 – Condo, February 2012 Jensen Beach Real Estate Snapshot for ZIP Code 34957, Condo Sales for February 2012 For February 2012 in the 34957 Zip Code area of Jensen Beach, Florida (Martin County) : (Due to technical difficulties the January Market Snapshot data was unavailable)
There are currently 68 active listings. (Down 2 from January)
21 Condo sales are pending and awaiting close or lender approval. (Up 5 condos from January)
2 Condo Sold (A decrease of 5 condos from January)
The Jensen Beach (0 comments)
Your Realtor knows more than you think! - 03/26/12 04:15 AM
Rose King from Friendswood, TX writes about something that many buyers and sellers may not be aware of. In the practice of real estate, there are so many little nuances and issues that come up through the many transactions most Realtors deal with that it’s inevitable we gain knowledge in a wide array of subjects related to buying and selling of homes.
Via Rose King / Friendswood / Pearland Homes (United Texas Realtors): Did you know your Realtor is almost like a jack of all trades? While a real estate agent’s expertise (and legal license) is in the buying, selling and (0 comments)
Via Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker, Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate): Attn: New Home Buyers!! Please Call Me BEFORE You Visit New Home Builders, Not After!! Things The Builder's Sales Person Won't Tell You!! (0 comments)
Flipping Properties ............ Know The Lending Guidelines - 03/26/12 04:14 AM
Thinking of making some good money on buying, and flipping property in this real estate market. You should be aware of some lending guidelines that could hinder your plans. George Souto a mortgage expert from CT explains some of the issues here:
Via George Souto NMLS# 65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut: With property values being as low as they are, many investors are taking advantage of this opportunity. Investors will usually purchase a distressed property, foreclosure, short sale, or a property that just needs a little TLC. This is referred to as Flipping properties, and there is nothing wrong with doing (1 comments)
Via Kathy Streib-Home Stager-Palm Bch County South Florida - 561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging): 10 Downsizing Tips for Seniors in Palm Beach County- What You Need to Know Before You Make Your Move!Many of our Palm Beach County residents are choosing to (1 comments)
Why you want buyer representation when buying a new home - 03/26/12 04:13 AM
Realtors often mention the importance of buyers having representation even when purchasing a new home directly from the builder. The truth is that it will not cost you more, and very often can actually cost you less. While this doesn’t seem intuitive, it is a fact. Robert Twaron from San Antonio, TX writes this excellent post about this subject.
Via ROBERT TWARON San Antonio Texas New Homes for Sale (www.sanantoniotexasnewhomesforsale.com): Why you want buyer representation when buying a new home. What is Buyer Representation? Buyer representation is when a real estate agent agrees to represent you, the buyer, in a real estate (1 comments)
Help! I’m Making an Offer on a Short Sale Listing!! #6 - 03/26/12 04:13 AM
Going into a short sale can be filled with uncertainties. But, it doesn’t have to be that difficult. If your agent is knowledgeable about short sales and he/she does the proper homework prior to making an offer, most of the uncertainty can be eliminated. While there are no guarantees in short sale contracts, the odds can be put into your favor with the proper representation.
Via The Phil Leng Team, Bank Owned Property Experts 206-409-6600 (Keller Williams Kirkland): Help! I’m Making an Offer on a Short Sale Listing!! #6Help! I’m Making an Offer on a Short Sale Listing!! #6How can the bank (0 comments)
Principal Reductions at Bank of America - Here's the Skinny - 03/26/12 04:12 AM
Bank of America appears to be starting a new program where they will adjust the principal balance of a loan that’s owed to them under certain conditions. Melissa Zavala from Escondito, CA fills us in on the latest information here:
Via Melissa Zavala Realtor® North San Diego County Homes (Broadpoint Properties): Bank of America Offers Principal Reductions Up to $100,000 Perhaps you have heard about it on television, or read about it in the news. Bank of America is offering principal reductions of up to $100,000. But, just like every advertisement, it is important to read the fine print. And, here are (1 comments)
What Happens If I Don't Disclose A Home Defect? - 03/26/12 04:12 AM
Doug Rogers brings up an excellent point that sellers should absolutely read. If you know about a defect in your home and don’t disclose it, it can definitely come back and cost you. You may think the new buyer won’t find out that you knew about it, but if you told a neighbor and/or had a repairman out in the past, the knowledge is out there for them to find out and get back to you even after the sale has long been completed.
Via Doug Rogers- Your Pineville Louisiana Agent (Bayou Properties Realty): A recent listing appointment turned awkward when (1 comments)
Is There A Difference Between A Condo, A Townhouse And A PUD? - 03/26/12 04:11 AM
Larry & Sheila from Long Island write about the differences between Condo, Town Home and PUD associations. There can be some subtle and occasionally major differences. The important thing to keep in mind is to look over the home owner association documents and understand and accept the restrictions prior to signing any contracts.
Via Larry & Sheila Nassau/Suffolk LongIsland Relocation Certified~631-805-4400 (Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr,Plainview NY 11803): Is There A Difference Between A Condo, A Townhouse And A PUD? Larry & Sheila, Realtors on Long Island with Charles Rutenberg Realty have been asked this question many times, "Is There A Difference Between A Condo and A Townhouse And What In The (2 comments)
The Benefits of Using A Real Estate Agent - 03/26/12 04:10 AM
Robert and Lisa Hammerstein, Realtors with Coldwell Banker in Hillsdale, NJ write this excellent article on the value of using a Realtor. Having a professional on your side can be a huge asset in this difficult real estate climate.
Via Robert and Lisa Hammerstein, Realtors® Coldwell Banker, Pascack Valley Area (Bergen County New Jersey Homes For Sale 201-218-6802): The Benefits of Using A Real Estate AgentYou may be in the process of Buying or Selling a Home and wondering "What Are The Benefits Of Using A Realtor ®?" Well, You Must Read This..... If you were to look up the definition of (1 comments)
Fully furnished with an updated kitchen, ocean front condo in Martin County’s prime Hutchinson Island location and building. Spacious 2 bedroom split plan with everything one needs for a full time home or that special Florida tropical retreat. Suntide includes private beach access, heated pool, tennis courts, shuffleboard, wash area, newly renovated clubhouse with billiards, card table, fully equipped kitchen, bar, library and (0 comments)
Angler Cove Condos on Hutchinson Island - 03/23/12 04:35 AM
Angler Cove Condos on Hutchinson Island Angler Cove Condos on Hutchinson Island in Stuart Florida is a unique complex with 10 buildings amd 64 units surrounding a man made cove with deep water dockage for the boating enthusiast.
Units include spacious two bedroom units as well as a number of larger three bedroom town-home style homes. Two buildings on the west side of the complex offer spectacular wide river views of the Intracoastal Waterway (Indian River).
Most first floor units offer dockage just steps outside the living area. Second floor units have docks available throughout additional spaces in (5 comments)
Palm City Florida Market Report ZIP Code 34990 – Condo, February 2012 - 03/22/12 03:41 AM
Palm City Florida Market Report ZIP Code 34990 – Condo, February 2012 Palm City Real Estate Snapshot for ZIP Code 34990, Condo Sales for February 2012 For February 2012 in the 34990 Zip Code area of Palm City, Florida : There are currently 71 active condo listings. (Up 3 from January)
1 Condo sales are pending and awaiting close or lender approval. (Down 5 from last month)
5 Condos Sold in February. (Up 2 from January) The 34990 zip code area of Palm City condo market is a fairly small section of this area as most (5 comments)
Looking for a full time home or just a getaway? Are you a boater or fisherman? This is the perfect place for you. Spacious first floor, 2 BR, 2 BA condo in the Manatee Pocket with a deeded 40′ dock (water and electric). Only minutes to the crystal clea r waters of the Atlantic Ocean to fish, or to take a quick trip over to the Bahamas. This condo features reasonable fees, spacious grounds with a large community pool overlooking ‘the pocket’, and a (10 comments)
Home Sales Are on the Rise in Martin County, Florida - 03/19/12 02:11 PM
Home Sales Are on the Rise in Martin County, Florida Few ideas tug at the heart strings like the thought of having a home of your own on Florida's Treasure Coast. For many, the days of longing may be coming to an end. This goal is now closer than ever for those that didn't dream that they could afford a home in Martin County.
Not only is the home you want now within your price range, but it will take less cash than ever before. Think FHA. If demands for huge down payments have kept you from moving forward, (4 comments)
There are currently 112 active condo listings (An decrease of 2 condos form January).
34 Condo sales are pending and awaiting close or lender approval (Up 10 condos from January).
8 Condos Sold in June (A decrease of 5 condos from January).
Generally treading water for the Stuart condo market for the area in ZIP code 34997. Inventory basically (0 comments)
BUYERS: Anything You Say CAN and WILL Be Used Against You! - 03/19/12 03:30 AM
Debe Maxwell writes about an interesting scenario that has happened to many agents. In that almighty quest to get the advantage and save a few dollars, many buyers put themselves at a huge disadvantage by not understanding or listening to their professional representative.
Via Debe Maxwell - Search Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte NC Neighborhoods (iCharlotteRealEstate.com Savvy + Company Real Estate): Recently I had a buyer phone me who had already decided which community he wanted to reside. He phoned me to show him a listing in that community; it wasn’t my listing but, one that he had found on my (1 comments)
Why Pictures are important in a listing - 03/19/12 03:29 AM
Charlie Ragonesi from Big Canoe, GA writes about the importance of pictures in a listing. Today, with the Internet delivering multitude of properties, almost all with an abundance of images, not having any is like the kiss of death for a listing.
Via All Mountain Realty: NAR and major sites all do studies of how long people look at a listing. The time is in seconds but if you have pictures , and I mean good pictures of your listing and a lot of them folks will linger longer. Today I had rather an interesting experience. I was showing a home in (1 comments)
Some Hazards Of New Construction Home Buying - 03/19/12 03:29 AM
All too many home buyers think they can save money and can represent themselves when buying a new home directly from the builder/developer. Only to find out that they spent more than they needed to as well as overlooking some critical protections during the buying process. Liz and Bill Spear from Mason, OH do an excellent job of writing about his here:
Via Liz and Bill Spear RE/MAX Elite Warren County Ohio: Cincinnati to Dayton (513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com): Some Hazards Of New Construction Home Buying You're ready to purchase your Warren County area home, and if you're like most people, you'd LOVE to (1 comments)
Do I Get to Stay in My Home For A Week After Closing? - 03/19/12 03:28 AM
Toni Weidman from New Port Ritchey writes this great post about a scenario that comes up occasionally with some sellers. More often than not, these situations can be a recipe for some disasters. What happens if some one injures themselves, something breaks, damage, etc. This really should be avoided.
Via Toni Weidman- New Port Richey-FL Homes (Re/Max Sunset Realty-Trinity-Holiday-Port Richey-Hudson): Do I Get to Stay in My Home For A Week After Closing? This is a question I get asked quite often when I bring a signed offer back to my sellers. They may have originally moved to Florida from a (2 comments)
New Rules - FHA Changes rules for Self Employed borrowers - 03/19/12 03:28 AM
Those that are thinking about an FHA guaranteed loan and are self employed, should be aware of the following new rules as posted by Mark Taylor from Scottsdale, AZ. Doesn’t look like it’s getting any easier to get these loans.
Via Mark Taylor FHA VA USDA HUD & Investor Loans (First Time Buyers Investors and move up buyers): FHA Changes rules for Self Employed Borrowers Documentation Requirements for Self-Employed Borrowers – Effective for all case numbers ordered on or after April 1, 2012 except non-credit qualifying streamlines and HECMs.
Documentation Requirements for Self-Employed Borrowers Self Employed borrowers will need P&L and Balance (0 comments)
How to set the listing price for your home - 03/19/12 03:27 AM
Trish Giassa from Chatham, NJ writes an excellent article with many of the factors that go into setting the proper listing price for a home. This is no easy task in a difficult market. Pricing too low can result in less than the best potential return. But pricing too high can often result in even less than the first alternative as the listing goes stale and the values continue to decline.
Via Patrizia "Trish" Giassa (Keller Williams Realty, North Central New Jersey): How to set the listing price for your home Springtime is the high selling season for homes in my Short (0 comments)
5 Design Secrets to Stage a Small Living Room - 03/19/12 03:27 AM
Do you want to make your living room stand out and get noticed? Especially if you’re trying to sell the home it’s attached to. Here’s 5 wonderful design ideas from Kim Gaston of Colorado Springs, CO.
Via Kim Gaston, Colorado Springs Home Stager (Front Porch Interiors, LLC, Colorado Springs, CO): 5 design secrets to stage a small living room from a Colorado Springs home stager. If your room is somewhat size-challenged re-think your space by blending in these key design elements.
1. Consider the scale as well as the amount of furnishings you currently possess. Take a picture of your living room. Is (2 comments)
I'll Take HUD Homes For $200, Alex - 03/19/12 03:26 AM
I loved the title of this post. It’s also an excellent overview of the basics of what a HUD home sale is, thanks to Angie Nwanodi from Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Now, if only buying that HUD home was as easy when going through the government procedures!
Via Angie Nwanodi | The ACG Group, Realtors® | Southern Cal HUD & REO Specialists (Evergreen Realty & Associates, Inc.): What is a HUD Home? I can hear your thoughts already: 'DUH ... It's a home owned by HUD!' True enough, but are you confident you know enough about them to make it a daily double? (1 comments)
What If I Want To Sell My Home Without Hiring A Professional Realtor? - 03/19/12 03:25 AM
Many sellers understandably would like to sell their home without having to pay what is most often a sizable commission to a real estate agent. But, it’s just not as easy as some think. Many studies have shown the net sales value from unrepresented sellers is often below what they could have made by utilizing a professional even if they paid a commission.
Via Larry & Sheila Nassau/Suffolk LongIsland Relocation Certified~631-805-4400 (Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr,Plainview NY 11803): What If I Want To Sell My Home Without Hiring A Professional Realtor? Larry And Sheila's Top 10 Reasons Why You Might Want To (1 comments)
Is the HIGHEST offer Always the BEST ? - 03/19/12 03:25 AM
Sally and David Hanson of Brookfield WI, write this excellent post about the true value of an offer. It’s not always just the money presented on the top line. Often the contingencies involved can make or break the value of the offer.
Via Sally & David Hanson WI Realtors Luxury\Short Sale\CDPE\ABR\e-Pro\REDS (Keller Williams 414-525-0563): We are the listing agents....who want your "highest and best" offer the first time...not fond of multiple counters with twists and turns...inclusions that are not listed as being included....closing dates that no one could possibly accomodate, pennies for earnest money and the all time favorite "Seller to (0 comments)
242 Residential sales are pending and awaiting close or lender approval (An increase of 37 homes from January).
60 Homes Sold in January (Up 15 homes from January) Another positive month for the 34997 zip code area of Stuart Florida. This segment of the martin County real estate market is just HOT! Inventory took a huge drop last (6 comments)
Beautiful Ocean House Condo on Hutchinson Island has been Sold - 03/17/12 03:43 AM
Beautiful Ocean House Condo on Hutchinson Island has been Sold 579 NE Plantation Drive, Suite S-108Stuart, Florida 34996 Welcome the lucky new owners and congratulate the happy sellers of this Ocean House Condo inIndian River Plantation on Hutchinson Island in Stuart. Just sold for $340,000. The sellers were represented by the Gabe Sanders real estate team. Enjoy resort style living at it’s finest in this immaculately maintained Ocean House condo in Indian River Plantation on Hutchinson Island in Stuart. This fully furnished 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit is located on the first floor which is actually three levels up with two covered parking decks under building. Spacious living area with balcony overlooking (12 comments)
Have a never ending vacation of a lifetime in this sunny bright courtyard villa in the Yacht and Country Club of Stuart. Lying adjacent to a full 1 acre of vacant land, this 3 BR, 2 BA, 2 Car Garage home is like having a private oasis. This home is offered fully furnished and even comes with (6 comments)
Just Listed 4 BR Pool Home with Boating Access - 03/15/12 03:50 AM
Just Listed 4 BR Pool Home with Boating Access 5734 SE Horseshoe Point RoadRocky Point Spacious Quiet Lot with Deeded Water Access through the Horseshoe Point Pioneer Club
A rare offering in Rocky Point, on a quiet dead end street just seconds from your very own deeded boat ramp and fishing pier through the Horseshoe Point Pioneer Club (voluntary membership at a very reasonable annual fee). This open plan boasts four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, living, dining family rooms with a spacious kitchen and breakfast bar all overlooking your gas heated in-ground pool on a large private backyard with fruit (9 comments)
There are currently 78 active listings (Down 5 from January).
43 Residential sales are pending and awaiting close or lender approval (Up 5 from January).
7 Homes Sold in February (Up 1 homes from January) The 34994 ZIP code area of Stuart continues to show a steady improvement across the board. Inventory decreased, pending and closed sales were up. We are (2 comments)
Sewalls Point Market Report – Residential, February 2012 - 03/12/12 04:32 AM
Sewalls Point Market Report – Residential, February 2012 Sewalls Point Real Estate Snapshot, Residential Sales for February 2012 There are currently 66 active listings (an increase of 7 home for sale from January) 9 Residential sales are pending and awaiting close or lender approval (An decrease of 2 from January) 3 Homes sold in January (Unchanged from January)
Continuing slow results for the Sewalls Point market report. Inventory has gone up to 66 homes while sales remained slow at 3 closed homes and pending sales were also off from the past couple of months. This compared to other parts (4 comments)
Credit Card Skimmer Use Portable Point of Sales - 03/12/12 04:31 AM
Robert Siciliano from Boston, MA is a well known expert in security and identity theft. He warns us here about the risk we take each time we use our credit cards for making transactions. I wonder if this threat willl ever be reduced?
Via Robert Siciliano (IDTheftSecurity.com Inc): A German “computer whizz-kid” was arrested recently while attempting to transport the latest bank scamming technology into Britain. The 26-year-old married father of two worked at various software companies worldwide, gathering the necessary technologies and components to create a card skimming device designed to replace the real point of sale devices at restaurants (0 comments)
It's a Loan Officer, Not a Serial Killer! - 03/12/12 04:31 AM
Eric Michael of Livonia, MI writes this great post about why any good Realtor will ask prospective clients and customers to be pre-qualified prior to looking for homes. It's just a waste of time for every one involved and quite a disappointment for want to be home owners to find out that they can't afford (or qualify) for that home they really want.
Via Eric Michael, CDPE -Real Estate & Short Sale Professional 734.564.1519 (Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI): It's a Loan Officer, Not a Serial Killer! Scenario #1. You call a real estate agent because you saw a house online and (2 comments)
Top 10 Tips for Working with Contractors - 03/12/12 04:30 AM
John Mulkey of Waleska, GA, the author of the TheHousingGuru.com gives a great set of tips for working with a contractor. Something every one should use whn hiring a contractor.
Via John Mulkey, Housing Guru (TheHousingGuru.com): Okay, so the housing crash has left you trapped in a home that no longer meets your needs. The kitchen is outdated, the bathrooms too small and you’d like a nice outdoor space. What do you do? The obvious choice is to remodel, but you’ve heard horror stories about the mess, the costs and the hassle.
Thousands of homeowners are in the same predicament; (1 comments)
Via Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker, Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate): * * * * HARD CORE REAL ESTATE TALK * * * *The Analysts at Barklays Capital appear to be engaged in some numbers (1 comments)
Buying Raw Land. Hey, it's Different. - 03/12/12 04:28 AM
Buying vacant land is not the same as buying a home or a condo. There are many issues that could derail plans for the unsuspecting buyer. It is imperative that a buyer use an agent well versed with vacant land sales, as Steve and Jan Bachman of Northern Virginia write.
Via Steve and Jan Bachman--Northern Virginia Realtors (RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax ): Contemplating buying land to build your dream home? Well now, there are quite a few things that you'll need to check out in advance of ratifying your offer with the seller. First thing... if you are (0 comments)
FHA Steamline Refinance Charts - 03/12/12 04:27 AM
George Souto an expert in matters of FHA financing from Middletown, CT gives us a great chart of the current options for an FHA streamline loan:
Via George Souto NMLS# 65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut: News about the FHA Upfront Premium and Monthly Mortgage Insurance (MI) going up is not new, there have been several blogs written about this already. However, what I have not seen is anyone provide a quick reference chart that can be printed and kept on hand. So I have put together a chart to do just that, and hope that others find it as useful as (0 comments)
Via LAUREN SELINSKY Corona Del Mar Real Estate (CA Coastal Estates- Laguna Beach Real Estate): ORANGE COUNTY SHORT SALES EXPERT LAUREN SELINSKY The short sale process is still a mystery to many people, even after all these years. Lots of buyer's agents are confused; puzzled buyers are looking for direction, and not every short sale listing agent knows how to do a short sale. The Basics of a Short Sale Banks (0 comments)
Open Letter to a Lender.... - 03/12/12 04:26 AM
Gwynn Teal Carpenter of Home and Hearth Realty in Austin, TX writes this great letter to her lender. I could have often written this myself. While some lenders are pretty good at deadlines, some are just horrible.
Via Gwynn Teal Carpenter-Broker: Home and Hearth Realty (Austin): Open Letter to a Lender....
Dear Lender, Our mutual client chose you for a reason. You promised a great interest rate and reasonable fees. Customer service is your forte'....it says so on your website and email!
So why didn't you read the contract? The buyer and seller negotiated terms in good faith. They (0 comments)
Via Ryan Jennings (Keller Williams Realty-Wellington): Do you have to be delinquent or past due to short sale your home? The answer to that question is NO, but you better be able to prove your hardship in a very clear way to your lender. Allow me to expand on this topic by giving you a recent experience I had with a client. (1 comments)
Shadow Inventory, Months of Supply by State - 03/12/12 04:25 AM
I don’t know where NAR gets it’s numbers from, but very interesting map courtesy of Greg Saffell of Kent, WA. Kind of surprised at New York. Any one know why it’s so high?
Via GREG SAFFELL REAL ESTATE BROKER SEATTLE AREA SELLERS & BUYERS (ELDER PLACE SEATTLE): This is an interesting map showing the months of supply of shadow inventory by state. Some of it is surprising and seeing the differences among the states is quite remarkable. I live in Washington state where we have a 4 month supply but those living in New Jersey have an incredible 65 months.
Located on one of Palm Cove’s premier lots, this beautiful McNamara custom built home shows attention to quality and detail throughout. Expansive lake, preserve and golf course views, adjoining Custom crafted wood doors open to elegant living room with coffered ceiling, crown molding. French doors to the covered lanai and gas heated pool. Formal dining room. The well designed gourmet kitchen has it all – top line appliances, coffee colored cabinets, granite counters, amazing venetian plaster walls, bar (6 comments)
Amazing opportunity to own a spacious magnificent pool home overlooking two fairways in the prestigious Willoughby Golf Club (golf membership not mandatory). This amazing 3 BR 4 BA (plus cabana bath) with 3 car garage home features bright open spaces, high ceilings, an included entertainment system, custom built ins, wet bar, summer kitchen (grill included), office, electric hurricane shutters, immense storage and much, much more. Screened heated pool and spa with a large lanai for casual or formal outdoor entertainment. This home (3 comments)
Palm Cove Golf and Yacht Club Pool Home with 50′ Dock Open House - 03/09/12 03:53 AM
Palm Cove Golf and Yacht Club Pool Home with 50′ Dock Open House Exceptional opportunity in the Palm Cove Golf and Yacht Club Pool Home with 50′ Dock included, will be open for your inspection Sunday March 11 from 1 to 4 P.M. Offered for $439,000
Enjoy the best of Florida living with this impeccable Palm Cove Golf and Yacht Club home for sale. Easy care exceptional two story home in Palm Cove featuring the very best of palm City real estate. Open living and dining room, soaring ceiling highlighted by impressive chandelier. Gourmet eat-in kitchen, granite counters, top (5 comments)
Another Cedar Pointe Condo Sold in Stuart Florida by the Gabe Sanders real estate team. An active adult community of 62, 2 story buildings divided into 8 villages with numerous clubhouses and pools as well as recreational areas. One of the prime locations in the city of Stuart only minutes away from the pristine beaches of the Atlantic Ocean and close to shopping, restaurants and medical facilities.
It is currently a very attractive time to (8 comments)
Eliminating Inefficiencies in Real Estate and Your Work Place - 03/07/12 12:15 PM
Eliminating Inefficiencies in Real Estate and Your Work Place Today's real estate business (as is the rest of the world) is becoming more and more focused on going on-line and the use of the computers. There are thousands and thousands of products that are available for real estate agents, brokers, inspectors, mortgage professionals, etc to use. So, which do you choose? Some go for the ones that are free or best price. Some love the bells and whistles of professional suites with tons of add ons and lots of possibilities. The one common thread on whatever you choose to use is (5 comments)
A rare gem in beautiful Palm City. Situated on a secluded and private 1/2 acre +, lushly landscaped lot, is this like new 4 BR, 3 BA, Screened pool home with private dock and lift (4,500 LB – but supports will accommodate larger). This 1998 Mercedes Eileen Isle model has been maintained in pristine condition, with a gourmet kitchen featuring new Shirestone counters, newer appliances, newer high efficiency AC, a resurfaced gas heated screened pool with spa all with a view of the (6 comments)
Expansive 3400 sq ft floor plan. 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths. Private office. Gorgeous marble floors. Upgraded cabinets, granite counter tops ,stainless appliances in the gourmet kitchen. Butlers pantry w/wine refrigerator. Large family room with expansive windows and golf course view. Luxurious master suite with sitting area, two over sized walk-in closets, plantation shutters. Master bath has dual sinks, granite counts, tub, shower, linen closet. Entertaining is a breeze on the expansive lanai area (4 comments)
Enjoy carefree living in this beautiful attached villa in the popular adult community of Whispering Sound. Tasteful, neutral decor. Spacious, open living room and dining room with vaulted ceilings,sky light. Florida room with sliding doors to the private, screened patio – perfect for outdoor dining. Large kitchen with skylight. Cozy breakfast area with window. Oversize kitchen pantry. Full size washer/driver in separate closet. Comfortable master bedroom with sitting area, two (6 comments)
Ocean House Condo in Indian River Plantation – Just Listed - 03/05/12 03:54 AM
Ocean House Condo in Indian River Plantation – Just Listed 579 NE Plantation Drive, Suite S-108Stuart, Florida 34996 Enjoy resort style living at it’s finest in this immaculately maintained Ocean House condo in Indian River Plantation on Hutchinson Island in Stuart. This fully furnished 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit is located on the first floor which is actually three levels up with two covered parking decks under building. Spacious living area with balcony overlooking the ocean and pool areas of Ocean House. There’s a newly renovated club house with fully equipped kitchen, WIFI, BBQ areas, private beach access, bicycle and personal storage areas. Very reasonable (4 comments)
How Important Is It To Stage a Room That No One Really Wants? - 03/05/12 03:52 AM
Kathy Streib is a Home Stager from Delray Beach, FL. She asks an interesting question in this post. I've seen lots of living rooms that were set up as pool halls, nurseries, eve offices. More often than not, I feel that if they were attractively staged back to their original purpose, the home usually showed much better, thus making it more attractive to prospective buyers.
Via Kathy Streib-Home Stager-Palm Bch County South Florida - 561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging): How important is it to stage a room that no one really wants? If most homeowners don’t use, need or want a formal living (1 comments)
STOP PAYING YOUR MORTGAGE? – FANNIE MAE SAYS YES! - 03/05/12 03:52 AM
The one thing that’s certain about short sales, is that there is nothing certain about them. Just as some lenders and institutions make the process a bit more transparent and easier, there comes Fannie Mae and changes the rules again. Here’s the latest from Richard Zaretsky a Florida Real Estate Attorney from West Palm Beach, FL.
Via Richard Zaretsky, Florida Real Estate Attorney (Richard P. Zaretsky P.A. - Board Certified Real Estate Atty): In a gradual and interesting development, Fannie Mae servicers have determined that short sale applicants that are not at least 60 days late WHEN THEIR SHORT SALE APPLICATION (CONTRACT) (4 comments)
What is that hissing sound inside the wall? - 03/05/12 03:51 AM
Charles Buell a home inspector from Seattle, WA just showed me something I haven't seen before. A very simple and efficient way to check for some leaks near valves and valve stems and possibly inside the home as well!
Via Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections.com): Lots of inspectors check outside faucets to see if they work. You know what I mean---they turn the water on and see if any water comes out of the faucet. They will also check to see if it is loose, not attached to the home properly---and many other issues depending on how old it (1 comments)
Home Seller Etiquette - 03/05/12 03:51 AM
Amy Boehm from Boerne, TX brings up some excellent points on the behavior of sellers when they have their home on the market. While to one person, some features may be very desirable, to others, it could be just the opposite. Realtors are trained to know the talking points that work for buyers, it's almost always best if the sellers are just not involved with the buyers.
Via Amy Boehm (Keller Williams Realty - Boerne Hill Country): Spring Break is a few weeks away and the norm for our business is people start looking for their new home, whether they are up (0 comments)
What's My House Really Worth? - 03/05/12 03:50 AM
Barb Van Stensel from Chicago, IL writes this excellent post about what a home is really worth. Pricing a home to far above an appraised value will more often than not result in a failed sale.
Via Barb Van Stensel:
This morning, I had a phone conversation with my Dad up in Michigan. Dad is second generation in the family business as a Real Estate Appraiser and Realtor but is now retired. Dad shared with me a family friend who has their home listed at an outrageous price and they had an open house this past weekend (0 comments)
Yucky Ucky Ooh... You found what? - 03/05/12 03:49 AM
Lindsey Hasford of Elk River, MN writes this humorous post that is so true. If you want to sell your home, buyers must feel comfortable viewing the home and be able to envision themselves in this home.
Via Lindsey Hasford (Coldwell Banker Vision): In parody of my last blog post (which garnered a wee bit of attention) I thought it'd be a good idea to highlight some of the things that you really never want buyers to see when they come trompin' through on a showing.... because in real life it can make all the difference between a sale and no sale (1 comments)
How Easy Is It To Get Out of a Contract? - 03/05/12 03:49 AM
Holly Weatherwax from Reston, VA writes this great post about getting out of a contract for a purchase of a home. Each state will have somewhat different contracts and many, as in the case of Florida, may have different types of buyers contracts. But, like Holly says, if you are already asking about getting out of a contract, you are probably not ready to buy a home. Via Holly Weatherwax--Your Realtor® in Northern VA (Momentum Realty,LLC): You have been saving your money, watching your credit score, getting advice from friends and family and you think it might be time to buy your first home. Understandably, (0 comments)
Via Gene Mundt Mortgage Lender Chicagoland Mortgage Lending (815.277.4036 www.genemundt.com):
How to Best Prepare Your Credit and Financial Position BEFORE Beginning a Home Search Part 1 I won't lie to you. The bygone era of planning and then starting your home buying search by just looking in a newspaper are long gone. That's true in my Chicago/Chicagoland area ... (0 comments)
Via Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee (CrossCountry Mortgage, Inc. 410-960-2061): Inspired by a post by Martha Brown, a wonderful Maryland Realtor on what happens on the Realtor side once a client wins a contract. I bring you.... Now I have a contract...What happens now?....A loan officer's view. CREDIT: Your credit report will have already been reviewed before the pre-qualification letter is written. Now is the time (0 comments)
Via George Souto NMLS# 65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut: The battle between Bank of America and Fannie Mae continues. Bank of America announced late last week that it will cease to selling off its refinance mortgages to Fannie Mae. This battle between Bank of America and Fannie Mae is not good for anyone, especially present and future Bank of America Borrowers. This latest decision by Bank (0 comments)
Spacious Professional Equestrian Estate in Palm City - SOLD! - 03/04/12 03:48 AM
Spacious Professional Equestrian Estate in Palm City - SOLD! A spacious professional equestrian estate in Palm City Florida at 5605 SW Ranchito Street in Palm City, Florida! has been sold by the Gabe Sanders real estate team! New horses and training facility to be opening next week. Give us a call for details.
Rolling Rock Stables A unique one of a kind offering in Palm City Farms. World famous Rolling Rock Stables is now available for purchase. Featuring a large 4 BR, 4 BA home plus an attached apartment. Professional 80 x 200 covered arena with viewing stand. 18 stalls (8 comments)
Ocean House Condo in Indian River Plantation – Open House - 03/03/12 03:16 AM
Ocean House Condo in Indian River Plantation – Open House Join us Sunday March 4, from 1 p.m to 4 p.m. to view this wonderful opportunity on Hutchinson island at the Marriott resort in Indian River Plantation 579 NE Plantation Drive, Suite S-108Stuart, Florida 34996 Enjoy resort style living at it’s finest in this immaculately maintained Ocean House condo in Indian River Plantation on Hutchinson Island in Stuart. This fully furnished 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit is located on the first floor which is actually three levels up with two covered parking decks under building. Spacious living area with balcony overlooking the ocean and (3 comments)
Spacious master suite upstairs with a connecting junior suite that can be a nursery, office, or a 5th bedroom. Two additional bedrooms on 2′nd floor (one oversized – and possible to split in to 2 for a 6th BR). Utility room is conveniently located upstairs. Modern kitchen with breakfast bar and dining nook overlooking the screened lanai with hot tub (5 comments)
Amazing opportunity to own a spacious magnificent pool home overlooking two fairways in the prestigious Willoughby Golf Club (golf membership not mandatory). This amazing 3 BR 4 BA (plus cabana bath) with 3 car garage home features bright open spaces, high ceilings, an included entertainment system, custom built ins, wet bar, summer kitchen (grill included), office, electric hurricane shutters, immense storage and much, much more. Screened heated pool and spa (3 comments)
East Port Saint Lucie Pool Home Open House - 03/01/12 05:08 AM
East Port Saint Lucie Pool Home Open House Come join us on Sunday March 4, from 1 to 4 p.m. for an East Port Saint Lucie Pool Home open house in this gorgeous custom home in a great location! 2656 SE Grand Drive, Port Saint Lucie, FL 34952 Custom built 2005, 3 bedroom plus den (or 4′th bedroom – has closet), 2 bathroom pool homeon a private quarter acre lot overlooking a wider than normal canal (non-navigable). Drive up to the circular paver driveway with room for an RV and be prepared to be impressed. Chef’s kitchen with granite counter-tops, stainless steel Kitchen-Aide and (3 comments)
Professional real estate services for Martin and Saint Lucie County, Florida. Expert service for the towns of Sewalls Point, Jensen Beach, Palm City, Hutchinson Island, Hobe Sound and Port St. Lucie, Floria. For more information visit our web site at GabeSanders.com or view out listings at Treasure Coast FL Homes.
Jensen Beach Golf and Country Club
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