My February Newsletter with an Announcement!!!!!

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Your Realty News February 2012
(203) 324-9600
Expanded Opportunities
By Victoria Lorusso
The year ended last year with me expanding my business to the Florida market. Many of you already know this and many of you do not. I was waiting until everything was running smoothly with a new team in place and thorough knowledge under my belt. So the time has come to announce the opportunities I can offer you in the Palm Beaches of Florida.

The Florida market took a dramatic hit. Many homes are down 50-70% in value from 4 years prior which makes for an opportunity rich market. The bargains are being gobbled up and inventory is now shrinking. So if you were ever thinking of a vacation home, retirement or investment property, the time is now with these great low interest rates. Go to to start searching now! Or just give me a call.

My Ct team is still in place as I will be going back and forth. So as usual, you can search CT homes for sale at
Is it a Good Time to Invest in a Rental?

If you've been watching the housing market's long-term slump, you've probably wondered if it's time to pick up an investment property. Here are the things you need to check before you make that commitment:

1. Your finances are solid and your emergency fund is in place. You have cash on hand to cover unexpected repairs. You're either paying cash for the property or your credit is sound enough to get a good loan... Read More
Positive Housing Market Trends

Mortgage rates have hit record lows, which means housing affordability is at an all-time high. But are home buyers taking advantage of this opportunity? The latest real estate news suggests that potential home buyers are becoming actual home owners.

According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), pending home sales for November increased 7.3 percent to the highest level in 19 months. The Pending Home Sales Index assesses the health... Read More
Tax Resolutions for 2012
Courtesy of ARA Content
Many people resolve to be wiser with their money in the new year, and it just so happens that being smart about your taxes is a good way to get started.

Whether it's your only resolution or just one of a few, sticking to your new year's tax resolutions throughout the whole year is the trick to being successful. And just like resolving to be healthy during the year will have you in better shape for the future, following your financial resolutions... Read More
Four Simple Ways to Raise Your Credit Score

Raising your credit score can improve your life in many ways. You'll have access to cheaper mortgage rates, you'll pay less for insurance, and you may even have a better shot at your dream job. Here's how to proceed:

1. Know what's going on.
Annual credit allows you a free report from all three credit bureaus once a year. (Avoid other "free credit report" sites, which are really attempts to sell you something.) You're also entitled to a free report if you're turned down for credit. Dispute any misinformation that negatively impacts your score. Creditors have 30 days to verify their report or they must remove... Read More
Removing Popcorn Ceilings: Should You DIY?

Popcorn ceilings were wildly popular in the 1960s –1980s, at least among residential contractors. Left untouched for years they become unsightly, but removing the material can be expensive and, sometimes, hazardous.

The bad news:
  • Popcorn ceiling material may contain asbestos. When disturbed (sanding, scraping), asbestos fibers release into the air. Inhaling asbestos fibers can cause lung cancer, mesothelioma, or asbestosis. According the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the risks... Read More

Featured Listings
Stunning Westover Antique
Impeccably restored down to
the finest detail. 3Brs in
main house, guest cottage
Great Victorian for $2 Mil
A True Darien Gem
Move in to this updated Col
set on a corner lot in fab
convenient location. Newly
listed at $765,000
Palm Beach Family Compound
W/cottage, 2 story garage,
for a total of 7036sqft at
center of twn on the island
Opportunity at $1,775,000
Palm Beach Florida
Come warm up in this luxury
3Br with intercoastal views
& updated in 2008. 40' grt
rm ++ $829,000
Victoria Lorusso - (203) 324-9600 Your Realty News - February 2012

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Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

Love the news letter please let me know what service you use. This has to be one of the bettter ones I have seen.

Feb 25, 2012 03:20 AM #1
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

Hey Victoria, thanks for sending me the link I am stoked on getting this done. Yours was so impressive and you're right the price was right.

Feb 29, 2012 09:36 PM #2
Dan & Linda Tublitz
RE/MAX Services Boca Raton FL - Boca Raton, FL

Great newsletter!  Welcome to the Florida market, we've been here in the Palm Beaches for years so let us know if you need a hand!  Best wishes in the Sunshine State!!

Feb 29, 2012 10:31 PM #3
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