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This weekend, June 27th & 28th, thousands of homes for sale across the state of Washington are going to be open for viewing as part of the State Wide Open House Weekend being organized by Realtors throughout the state. As the Seattle area Real Estate market seems to be heating up, especially with...
06/27/2009
I hate misleading advertising.  I really do.  And I don't think I'm alone in that.  I'm also not that keen on hypocrisy.  And trying to figure out mixed messages has never been my idea of fun. I'm really not a negative person.  Rarely.  But right now I am a little upset. Lately, in driving around...
06/16/2009
Just reading where a Georgia Senator has introduced legislation that increases the home buyer tax credit from $8000 to $15,000 and extends it to anyone buying a home, not just first time home buyers.  Whether the credit is increased or not, the idea of allowing credit for anyone buying a home unt...
06/11/2009
Previous posts have detailed the Washington State Legislature's efforts to get the Fed's $8,000 first time home buyer credit available for use as a home buyer's down payment at closing. Washington's Governor Gregoire has signed the legislation that allows the Washington State Housing Finance Comm...
05/28/2009
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Like a ten year old on a road trip, people are wondering if real estate prices have hit the bottom... are we there yet?  It goes beyond the usual "how's the real estate market?"  More than ever, it's:  Is this a good time to buy?  How do you buy a foreclosure?  Is it hard to get a mortgage?  Are ...
05/20/2009
In a news release published today by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, pending sales reported by members showed an overall increase of 11.4% from a year ago and up 21.3% from March.  Though these statistics are averages of the 19 counties that make up the NWMLS market area, there are areas ...
05/05/2009
Included in the budget passed by the Washington State Legislature is a $25 million dollar fund to implement a Tax Credit Advance Loan Program for First Time Home Buyers.  (The definition of a First Time Home Buyer is basically if you have not owned a home in the past Three years.)  Introduced by ...
05/02/2009
Hot off the Press is news from the Washington State Legislature provided to me by Georgette Ballard, Sr Loan Officer with PrimeLending.  This budget provision would help First Time Home Buyers with their down payment thus helping home sellers getting their house sold.  If signed by Governor Grego...
04/28/2009
I was just reading that the National Association of Realtors is working with the State of Washington in exploring ways that will put the federal $8000 First-Time Homebuyer tax credit and economic stimulus money coming to the state to use at the closing of a sale. I'll be following this to see if ...
03/24/2009
As an update to a previous post, details are now in on the First Time Home Buyer Credit in the Economic Stimulus Bill (formally called The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009).  The bill was signed into law on Tuesday, February 17th.   Here's an overview of the provisions in the bill t...
02/19/2009
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