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2011 

The summer housing market is heating up. According to data from the National Association of REALTORS®, the Pending Home Sales Index smashed analyst expectations, jumping 8 percent on a monthly basis in May.  Wall Street calls were for an increase of just 0.5 percent.  It was a surprise result tha...
07/14/2011
  Maybe homes in Longwood are holding value better than we thought. Between March and April of this year, home values rose 0.8 percent nationally, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency's Home Price Index. It's the index's first month-to-month improvement since May of last year. Values a...
07/14/2011
The Federal Reserve released its June 2011 Federal Open Market Committee meeting minutes Tuesday. It contained no surprises and, as such, mortgage rates in Florida have idled in the hours since. The Fed Minutes is published 8 times annually, three weeks after each scheduled Federal Open Market Co...
07/13/2011
More commonly called APR, Annual Percentage Rate is a government-mandated mortgage comparison tool. It measures the total cost of borrowing over the life of a loan into dollars-and-cents. A loan's APR is printed in the top-left corner of the Federal Truth-In-Lending Disclosure, as shown above. W...
07/13/2011
  Painting rooms in a home can be a do-it-yourself project. Armed with paint, tape, tarp and some brushes, there's nothing you can't re-color. While some rooms call for a complete sand-down, there are some that don't, and for those, Rule #1 is that your walls must be stain-free before adding the ...
07/13/2011
The VA Funding Fee is an essential component of the VA home loan program, and is a requirement of any Veteran taking advantage of this zero down payment government loan program. This fee ranges from 1.25% to 3.3% of the loan amount, depending upon the circumstances. On a $150,000 loan that’s an a...
07/13/2011
  The year is half-over. It's an opportune time to take stock of analyst predictions made at the start of the year, and to recognize that the "experts" can be wrong as often as they are right. For as much experience and authority an expert brings to the conversation, though, nobody can.... Read t...
07/13/2011
  Friday morning, at 8:30 AM ET, the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its June Non-Farm Payrolls report. If you're currently shopping for a mortgage, or floating a mortgage rate, be prepared. Mortgage rates can change following the monthly report's release. Often, by a lot. More commonly calle...
07/08/2011
    As home buyers in the Longwood area , we tend to research homes a lot. We look at square footage; at upgrades; at landscaping; at community statistics; and, at every other "number" on which we can get our hands. But those are just statistics. What about the home's "feel"?  In this 5-minute pi...
07/07/2011
  According to ENERGY STAR®, the typical household spends close to $2,000 per year on heating and cooling, and up to $600 of those costs are a waste; the result of energy inefficiencies in every U.S. home. With the hot months of July and August ahead of us Orlando in , therefore, consider these s...
07/07/2011
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