Stephanie LeFew's (Tampa Real Estate Market) Blog

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Real Estate Agent - Coldwell Banker, Tampa FL - BK3029088



As a veteran with 20 years of service I know first hand what it means to be a professional and to serve with pride. Stephanie Lefew exemplifies those values in her profession as a realtor. My wife Kim and I could not have had a better experience in searching and buying a home if not for her. She ...
When is the last time you took a road trip to see the changing foliage? In Tampa, you don't get to see the changing of the leave colors, but go just a little further North and the views can be breath taking.  We are taking some family time to move my parents down from Iowa back to Tampa Florida. ...
What does this current housing market and the local and worldwide economy mean to you, the potential home buyer?  I know you have questions.  I am here for you to provide you current information about market conditions, new mortgage programs and lending institutions that are lending money to you ...
In order to meet the needs of home buyers that may be sitting on the sidelines waiting to see what the Tampa Bay Florida housing market will do, some builders are having to rethink their strategy, their house plans, and their pricing. With the mortgage industry moving towards tightening their bel...
Let's work to get you the BEST price possible on your next home. Preforeclosure and bank owned homes are a terrific avenue for purchasing a home at a super TERRIFIC price. Understand, however that the property taxes may not be a steal.  The property appraiser for the county is not necessarily loo...
Great News - Pending Real Estate Sales are on the Rise!!  The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), a forward-looking indicator based on contracts signed in August, jumped 7.4 percent to 93.4 from an upwardly revised reading of 87.0 in July, and is 8.8 percent higher than August 2007 when it stood at ...
Facing a lawsuit, Bank of America Corp. (who now owns Countrywide Financial Corp.) has agreed to modify tens of thousands of loans to keep people in 11 states from losing their homes. Borrowers with mortgages they can't afford could see their interest rates reduced or have the loan principal cut....
Having a hard time selling your vacant house?  You may want to consider renting some furniture to give the home a warm feeling. You would be surprised how inexpensive renting a room or two of furniture will be.  Current style & nicer furniture can help the potential purchaser envision their furni...
The credit markets were nearly frozen. Lenders couldn't lend because they were receiving no payments on existing loans. The legislation allowed the government to buy troubled loans and mortgage securities. The funds that the institutions received when the government purchased the existing portfol...
The Senate legislation responded to the criticisms that lenders have been slow and/or unwilling to work with homeowners and borrowers. It encouraged negotiation in short sales and consumer efforts to refinance or reconfigure existing mortgages: When the Treasury (or other federal agency that hold...

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