parkland golf and country club: How Young Is ‘Too Young’ to Buy Your First Home? Getting Started Early Has Its Ups and Downs - 04/20/17 07:16 AM
Many millennials are expected to enter the housing market in the next year with the interest rates still low. However, while it may be a good time, it does not necessarily mean that it’s the right time for you to make the investment. If you’re currently weighing your options when it comes to home ownership, here are some things to consider before you decide put the money down.
Are You Struggling With Student Debt
It’s possible to invest in a home when you’re still paying down student debt, but if you’re also struggling with a low-paying job and a high debt load, it … (0 comments)

parkland golf and country club: 7 Tips To Get Your Home In Tip Top Selling Condition - 04/26/13 05:48 AM
A clean, uncluttered home is very likely the single most important thing to get your home sold quickly and for top dollar. In fact, a recent survey by HomeGain showed a whopping 568% return on investment for money put toward cleaning and organizing a home for sale! And other experts say that a well-put-together home can shorten the time on market drastically as well. Before your real estate agent lists your Parkland home, it's essential for it to look its best. 7 Tips To Get Your Home In Tip Top Selling Condition Examine your living space and see it as a … (1 comments)

parkland golf and country club: Buying A Home In A Golf Community in Parkland Florida - 01/22/13 11:26 PM
It's January, but home sales in golf communities remain strong like in the rest of the country. If you're looking to buy a home in a golf course community, either as a primary residence or as a vacation or retirement home, there are additional home traits which make buying on a golf course different from buying a typical Parkland or Coral Springs single-family residence. Here is a quick primer of home characteristics to consider when buying in a golf community. Land Plot When looking at homes within a golf course community, be aware of its location with respect to the community … (1 comments)

parkland golf and country club: Buying A Home In A Golf Community - 01/22/13 11:26 PM
It's January, but home sales in golf communities remain strong like in the rest of the country. If you're looking to buy a home in a golf course community, either as a primary residence or as a vacation or retirement home, there are additional home traits which make buying on a golf course different from buying a typical Parkland or Coral Springs single-family residence. Here is a quick primer of home characteristics to consider when buying in a golf community. Land Plot When looking at homes within a golf course community, be aware of its location with respect to the community … (0 comments)

parkland golf and country club: Homebuilder Confidence Spikes To 6-Year High - 11/19/12 10:51 PM
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) released its Housing Market Index (HMI) Tuesday, which showed a sharp, 5-point increase to 46 for November 2012, marking the seventh consecutive monthly gain for the HMI, and lifting the index to its highest point since May 2006. Readings under 50 indicate unfavorable housing conditions for builders. Readings over 50 signal "good" conditions. The Housing Market Index is a measure of builder confidence, published monthly, based on a survey sent to NAHB members which asks them to rate housing market conditions. In November, home builders reported gains in two of the three areas surveyed:
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parkland golf and country club: New Home Sales Reach Multi-Year High - 08/29/12 09:22 AM
The market for newly-built homes remains strong. As reported by the U.S. Department of Commerce, 372,000 new homes were sold in July on a seasonally-adjusted, annualized basis. A "new home" is a home that can be considered new construction. July's New Home Sales report highlights what today's buyers of new construction in Heron Bay , Parkland Golf & Country Club , and the nation's home builders have witnessed for themselves already -- that the market for newly-built homes is improving in Parkland and nationwide. The number of new homes sold in July on a seasonally-adjusted, annualized basis matches the tally from … (1 comments)

parkland golf and country club: Carmel, Indiana Rated Top Mid-Sized U.S. City For 2012 - 08/26/12 11:10 PM
CNNMoney has released its Best Places To Live 2012 list. The annual survey is based on data from Onboard Informatics. Using Quality of Life factors such as education, crime and "town spirit", and focusing on towns with between 50,000 and 300,000 residents, this year's survey ranks the country's best mid-sized cities. To be eligible for ranking, towns must have a median household income greater than 85 percent, and less than 200 percent, of the state median income; must not be a categorized as a "retirement community" or a town with "major job loss"; and must be racially-diverse. From a list of … (1 comments)

parkland golf and country club: Single-Family Housing Starts Rise For 4th Straight Month - 07/19/12 03:28 AM
New construction housing is in a post-recession rally. As reported by the Census Bureau, on a seasonally-adjusted, annualized basis, last month's Single-Family Housing Starts rose 5 percent to 539,000 units nationwide. This is the highest reading since April 2010, the last month of that year's federal home buyer tax credit. A "housing start" is a new home on which construction has started. June's strong numbers also mark the fourth consecutive month during which Single-Family Housing Starts have climbed. This, too, has not occurred since April 2010. The data is yet one more signal to Parkland & Coral Springs home buyers that … (0 comments)

parkland golf and country club: Home Purchasing Power Jumps To New Highs - 07/10/12 02:29 AM
With mortgage rates down to all-time lows, you can buy a lot more home for your money. Home affordability is at an all-time high. According to last week's Freddie Mac mortgage rate survey, the average 30-year fixed rate mortgage has dropped to 3.62% nationwide. This is down from 4.08% in March, and down from 4.60% from one year ago. Mortgage rates are "on sale". Falling mortgage rates can make one of two changes to the way a Parkland home buyer looks at properties. They can either make a given home's monthly housing payment that much more affordable to a buyer, or … (4 comments)

parkland golf and country club: Make A Mortgage Rate Plan Ahead Of The Jobs Report - 05/02/12 11:33 PM
Been shopping for a mortgage rate? You may want to lock something down. Tomorrow morning, mortgage rates are expected to change. Unfortunately, we don't know in which direction they'll move. It's a risky time for South Florida home buyers to be without a locked mortgage rate. The action begins at 8:30 A.M. ET Friday. This is when the government's Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its April Non-Farm Payrolls report. The monthly Non-Farm Payrolls report is more commonly known as "the jobs report" and provides a sector-by-sector breakdown of the U.S. employment situation, including changes in the Unemployment Rate. In March 2012, … (0 comments)

parkland golf and country club: Homebuilder Confidence Slips 3 Points In April - 04/16/12 11:36 PM
For the first time in 3 months, homebuilder confidence has slipped. As measured by the National Association of Homebuilders, the Housing Market Index dropped three notches in April to a reading of 25. The report measures homebuilder confidence in the newly-built, single-family housing market. When the Housing Market Index reads 50 or better, it reflects favorable market conditions. Readings below 50 reflect unfavorable conditions. According to the scale, not since April 2006 have housing market conditions have been deemed "favorable" but, recently, homebuilder confidence has picked up. Between September 2011 and March 2012, confidence doubled. April's reading remains the second-highest since … (1 comments)

parkland golf and country club: Foreclosure Filings Down 19 Percent In One Year - 02/21/12 10:48 PM
Foreclosure filings fell 19 percent last month versus one year ago, says foreclosure-tracking firm RealtyTrac. It's yet one more signal that the U.S. housing market may have already climbed off its bottom. According to RealtyTrac, a "foreclosure filing" is any one of the following foreclosure-related events : (1) A default notice on a home; (2) A scheduled auction for a home; or, (3) A bank repossession of a home. In looking at the January 2012 figures : Default Notices were down 22% from January 2011 Scheduled Auctions were down 19% from January 2011 Bank Repossessions were down 15% from January 2011 … (0 comments)

parkland golf and country club: Housing And Mortgage : The Experts Make Their 2012 Predictions - 01/04/12 01:35 AM
As the new year begins, there are no shortage of stories telling us what to expect in 2012. Housing finished 2011 with momentum and mortgage rates closed at the lowest rates of all time. Some expect those trends to continue through the first quarter and beyond. Others expect a rapid reversal. Who's right and who's wrong? A quick look through the newspapers, websites and business television programs reveals "experts" with opposing, well-delivered arguments views. It's tough to know who to believe. For example, here are some "on-the-record" predictions for 2012 : Home prices will rise in 2012 (says Freddie Mac) Home … (0 comments)

parkland golf and country club: Home Builders Experiencing Heavy Foot Traffic And Higher Sales Volume - 12/20/11 01:23 AM
In another good sign for the housing market, today's home builders believe that the housing market has turned a corner. For the third straight month, the Housing Market Index -- a home builder confidence survey from the National Association of Homebuilders -- reported strong monthly gains. December's Housing Market Index climbed 2 points to 21 in December after a downward revision to last month's results. The index is now up seven points since September 2011, and sits at a 19-month high. When home builder confidence reads 50 or better, it reflects favorable conditions in the single-family new home market. Readings below … (1 comments)

parkland golf and country club: Homebuilders Getting Optimistic; Higher Home Prices Ahead? - 11/17/11 02:16 AM
 
Homebuilder confidence continues to rise.
 
Just two months after falling to a multi-month low, the Housing Market Index surged again in November, climbing another three points to 21. It’s the second straight month that the HMI posted a 3-point gain, catapulting the index to an 18-month.
 
The Housing Market Index is monthly report from the National Association of Homebuilders. It’s meant to measure confidence among the nation’s homebuilders, scored on a scale of 1-100.
 
When homebuilder confidence reads 50 or better, it reflects favorable conditions for homebuilders. Readings below 50 reflect unfavorable conditions.
 
The Housing Market Index … (0 comments)

parkland golf and country club: Banks Resume Tightening Mortgage Guidelines - 11/10/11 04:02 AM
Banks Resume Tightening Mortgage Guidelines
As part of its quarterly survey to member banks nationwide, the Federal Reserve asked senior loan officers whether last quarter’s “prime” residential mortgage guidelines have tightened, loosened, or remained as-is.
A “prime” borrower is defined as one with a well-documented, high-performance credit history; with low debt-to-income ratios; and who chooses to finance a home via a traditional fixed-rate or adjustable-rate mortgage product.
After a 2-year easing cycle, the nation’s biggest bank banks report that they’ve reversed course, and are raising the bar on mortgage approvals.
For the period July-September 2010, 88% of responding loan officers admitted … (0 comments)

parkland golf and country club: Finding Truth In September’s Housing Starts Report - 10/20/11 02:36 AM
Finding Truth In September’s Housing Starts Report
Headlines in newspapers can be misleading — especially with respect to housing figures. Media coverage of the most recent Housing Starts data serves as an excellent illustration.
Wednesday, the Census Bureau released its September Housing Starts report. In it, the government said that national Housing Starts rose 15 percent in September as compared to August 2011, tallying 658,000 units on a seasonally-adjusted annualized basis.
Finding Truth In September’s Housing Starts Report
The September reading is the highest monthly reading since April 2010, the last month of last year’s home buyer tax credit.
Finding Truth … (0 comments)

parkland golf and country club: Fed Minutes : A Fed Divided Reaches Comprise - 10/14/11 02:46 PM
Fed Minutes : A Fed Divided Reaches Comprise Wednesday, the Federal Reserve released the minutes from its 2-day meeting September 20-21, 2011.
The release shows a divided Fed in disagreement about the current U.S. monetary policy. The group reached compromise for new economic stimulus, however, and maintained its commitment to accommodative interest rates.
Wall Street reacted tepidly to the minutes. Mortgage rates in Parkland and Coral Springs worsened slightly post-release.
The Fed Minutes gets less press than the FOMC’s post-meeting press release, but it’s every bit as important. Because it details the conversations that take place among voting and non-voting Fed members at … (1 comments)

parkland golf and country club: Retail Sales Expected To Rise; Mortgage Rates Should Rise, Too - 10/13/11 04:33 AM
Retail Sales Expected To Rise; Mortgage Rates Should Rise, Too
The American Consumer is alive and well, it seems.
Friday morning, the Census Bureau will release its Retail Sales figures for September. The report is expected to show an increase in gross receipts for the 15th straight month with analysts predicting a 0.6 percent increase from August.
The projected increase represents the largest jump in Retail Sales in six months and would likely lead mortgage rates higher for buyers in Parkland and nationwide.
The connection between Retail Sales and mortgage rates is fairly straight-forward. Retail Sales are the majority component of “consumer … (0 comments)

parkland golf and country club: Quiz : What’s The First Thing You Should Do After A Home Purchase? - 10/12/11 02:27 AM
Did you remember to handle the most basic safety precaution for your new home?
When people buy homes — in Coral Springs, Parkland, Boca Raton or wherever —  , there’s a tendency to think “Big Picture” on home improvements. Flooring, painting and furniture are common “just-moved-in” purchases, as are cable television and utilities packages.
The most important move-in purchase, though, may also be the least expensive — deadbolts for your doors.
Every home has at least one — and sometimes up to dozen — keyed points of entry. And until you change those locks, there’s no telling just how many people … (1 comments)

 
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