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Are Communities with Home Owners Associations a Good Investment? - 01/31/12 10:11 AM
Are Communities with Home Owners Associations a Good Investment? I have a lot of clients ask this exact question. This is great information for someone who has never lived in a home owners association before. Via Zack Bonczek (RE/MAX Paradise Realty): This blog post was inspired by a fellow Active Rain blogger, Karen Kruschka of Prince William, Fairfax ,Stafford County VA Real Estate Service. She had an excellent blog post about whether HOAs created value for investors. Being a member of a HOA myself I believe the answer is yes, but with conditions. Let me explain. Home Owners Associations are designed to create a (1 comments)
Are Sellers in Arizona Sufficiently Educated on the Risks of Short Selling Their Home? - 01/29/12 10:23 AM
Are Sellers in Arizona Sufficiently Educated on the Risks of Short Selling Their Home? That is why it is so important to pick a Realtor that does short sales day in and day out. The rules change and you must keep up with them daily. Via Teri Ellis at Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC: Recently, one of the local newspapers ran an article on the risks associated with short sales. Many agents are not familiar with the drawbacks of short sales and thus, do not explain them to nor do they properly prepare their sellers. Though Arizona is an anti-deficiency state - meaning that (0 comments)
Buying Real Estate: Top 10 Important Steps - 01/29/12 10:17 AM
Top 10 Important Steps This is a great way to help listen to your clients needs rather than assuming you know what they need. Thanks Charlie for putting this together for us. Via Charlie Dresen, 970-846-6435 Sotheby's in Steamboat Springs, CO e-Pro (Sotheby's International Realty): Buying Real Estate: Top 10 Important Steps
Are You Ready to Buy a Home? Top 10 Steps to prepare for buying real estate.
1. Are You Ready to Buy a Home? Why are you looking to buy – relocation for job, lifestyle change, family size change, neighborhood amenities currently missing, etc.? What are you looking (1 comments)
REAL ESTATE FRAUD IS BANKRUPTING OUR NATION - 01/29/12 10:11 AM
Don't let this be you. When helping your clients get into a home make sure it is for their well being and not anyone else. If you always do what is right, there is nothing to worry about. Integrity First. Period. Via David Saks (The Real Estate Mart of Tennessee, Inc.): Click the cell
7 Reasons Why Buying a New Home Could Be the BEST Option for Today's Homebuyer - 01/29/12 10:08 AM
Here in Arizona we still have a lot of homes you can buy for less than you can build. We have great home values like you have never seen before. They are moving quickly so get them while you can. Via Mark Edwards (East West Communities, Hampton Roads, Virginia): "Custom Building" could be the BEST Option for Today's Homebuyer Yes, new home construction is up and people are building and buying new homes again in Virginia, and we're excited about what's going on in our four East West Communities in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. New home sales are up in the Northern (1 comments)
What makes Green, Green? - 01/27/12 01:18 PM
What makes Green, Green? In 2007 the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the International Code Council (ICC) partnered to establish a much-needed and nationally-recognizable standard definition of green building. The resulting ICC 700 National Green Building Standard™ is the first and only residential green building rating system to undergo the full consensus process and receive approval from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The Standard defines green building for single- and multifamily homes, residential remodeling projects, and site development projects while still allowing for the flexibility required for regionally-appropriate best green practices. For residential buildings, four threshold levels - (2 comments)
Homeownership Matters to State of the Union - 01/27/12 11:55 AM
Homeownership Matters to State of the Union National Association of REALTORS® President Moe Veissi made the following statement, regarding President Obama’s State of the Union address this week. "The National Association of REALTORS® commends President Obama for his remarks in support of homeowners and the struggling housing market during tonight's State of the Union address. As leading advocates for homeownership, REALTORS® know that restoring the health of the housing market is the only way to achieve a broader economic recovery. Here in Arizona our market is recovering. Our inventory is low and we are having mulitable offers and lower days on (2 comments)
How Come You Back Off Every Time I Ask You About Your Pre-Approval? - 01/26/12 05:39 PM
I think a lot of buyers are out there fishing, just want to see what's out there although the very first step in buying a home is getting pre qualified. Via Peggy Wester Real Estate Agent Ozaukee & Washington County Real Estate (Shorewest Realtors): I think I've written about this topic in the past, but because of some recent happenings, I think it bears repeating. The first step to buying a house is to get pre-approved.
I know some buyers out there don't want to hear that. You just want to get a taste of what's on the market. What can you get (2 comments)
Realtors Don't Let a Little Crack Delay Your Closing! - 01/26/12 06:37 AM
Good information and guide lines for FHA financing. Small window cracks now don't have to be fixed before closing, they can wait. Our distressed market is full of cracked windows. Via Michael S. Bolton-MN Appraiser (Michael S. Bolton,Inc.): One of the major challenges Realtors face when having one of their sales go FHA financing, is what work orders is the appraiser going to call for. With Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in everyone's crosshairs, FHA financing is only going to become more prevalent within the housing market. I would highly recommend that Realtors become familar with HUD's Mortgagee Letter 2005-48, and FHA's three (1 comments)
Mortgage decisioning criteria, and why you care! - 01/25/12 02:44 PM
Ever wondered what it really take to get your loan approved? Program Rules, Lender Rules and Underwriting. They each have an impotant part in the process. Here's how they work... Via Paul Luykx (LX Financial LLC): Program Rules - Lender Rules- Underwriting - are the 3 levels of lending criteria that culminate into a loan approval. Mortgage financing is a key element of the purchase process, so it pays to understand the process. A synopsis below.... /// In the next issue, a summary of the current benefits of portfolio loans. /// Comments, questions, service? Contact me. – Paul Luykx, Mortgage Banker (What's a Mortgage Banker?)
Program rulesAll (0 comments)
Zillow receives a cease and desist from the state of Arizona - 01/25/12 02:30 PM
Zillow receives a cease and desist from the state of Arizona. The state of Arizona has issued a cease and desist to Zillow, citing that Zillow needs to be a certified appraiser in order to offer up the information the site is known for. Zillow gets their information from public documents and offers property estimates accordingly. Many in the real estate industry, including Realtors and the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, have disliked Zillow from the start, insisting that the estimates provided is often incorrect. Zillow obviously throws a wrench in many Realtor’s plans, as they grant access to information that the (3 comments)
Top 3 Mortgage Interest Deduction Myths - 01/24/12 11:46 AM
Top 3 Mortgage Interest Deduction Myths Dona DeZube explains the top 3 Mortgage Interest Deduction Myths Myth #1: The mortgage deduction is just for rich people. The mortgage interest deduction helps mostly middle- and lower-income families. 65% of families who use it earn less than $100,000 per year. 91% earn less than $200,000 per year (that’s where most economists draw the line between rich and middle-class). Only 9% earn more than $200,000 per year. Myth #2: I'm not affected by the mortgage deduction because I don't own a home. If the mortgage interest deduction goes away, home values would fall by 15%, the (3 comments)
Being the Trusted Authority - 01/24/12 11:20 AM
Be the Trusted Authority in your market, the leader that the entire industry looks up to. Be the most explosive opportunity to finally grab the top position in your market. Be completely clear on your market and message you want to deliver to your clients. Your mindset allows you to have the best year of business life, bar none. Affiliate yourself with relationships, companies, and services that align with your beliefs and are commented to excellence. Create value and personal relationships. Ask for the business. This is Your year Go get it! (2 comments)
How about a lease purchase for a seller? - 01/24/12 10:52 AM
This is a big market in Arizona. We have a lot of opportunities for lease purchases here in the valley with so many short sales and bankruptcy we are always looking for a way to put a deal together that will work well for the buyer and the seller. Win/Win or no deal! Via Bob Southard,e-Pro Powder Springs,Marietta,Cobb, Realtor (Solid Source Realty): Lease purchase for sellers?
A few years ago I did a post on lease purchase for buyers. How about a lease purchase? I will tell you the gist of it is that in most cases I am (0 comments)
New law concerning residential pool filter pump motors - 01/24/12 10:44 AM
Effective January 1, 2012 in Arizona, a new law concerning residential primary pool filter pump motors took effect. The following is an excerpt from Arizona Title 44:“Motors with a total horsepower capacity of one or more shall have the capability of operating at two or more speeds with a low speed having a rotation rate that is no more than one-half of the motor’s maximum rotation rate and shall be operated with a pump control with the capability of operating the pump at two or more speeds. Residential pool pump motor controls that are sold for use with a two or (3 comments)
Predictions For 2012 Housing Market - 01/23/12 02:18 PM
Predictions For 2012 Housing Market David Goldberg, UBS's home-builder analyst just released their predictions for the 2012 housing industry. Mr. Goldberg says housing will have a modest recovery this year. He told the WSJ "I'm more bullish today than I have been in the last five years." Here are USB's predictions: Prediction #1. Single family housing starts will grow by approximately 5-10% in 2012, marking the first year in seven that starts will have grown meaningfully on a y/y. Multifamily starts will accelerate at a faster pace; leading total starts up 10-15%. Prediction #2. Community count growth will range from 5-10% (3 comments)
Do you know how to invest in real estate with your self directed IRA or 401k? - 01/23/12 11:20 AM
Do you know how to invest in real estate with yourself directed IRA or 401k? Do you the important elements of self-directed IRA and 401k? Under federal law, investors can't manage their own retirement accounts so they use 3rd party companies to help them. Having a self directed IRA gives you more choices and diversvacation than stocks and bonds and they also have huge tax benefits as well. Building wealth can be challenging although, all time low interest rate and falling real estate prices make buying real estate very attractive in this market. Rental rates are up which makes buy and hold appealing. (1 comments)
Why should they choose you? - 01/20/12 09:20 AM
Greg Habstritt of Simple Wealth shares that building our business comes down to 2 fundamental things that you need to focus on. #1 Profound personal preference for you and your company. You have to be positioned so that your client or prospect feels like they know you. That they have a relationship with you so that they literally are choosing you because they know and like you.In other words, it’s about the relationship that you build with your community and the people in it. When you have that relationship, it’s very difficult for anyone else to get their attention, or to attract (3 comments)
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