sharon stevens: Real Estate Market Update Aug 1, 2011 by Sharon Stevens of For Buyers Only Realty of St Augustine, Exclusive Buyers Agent - 08/01/11 02:17 AM
Last week's most positive note came with Pending Sales of Existing Homes, UP 2.4% for June. This was especially gratifying coming on the heels of the 8.2% gain for May. These figures bode well for Existing Home Sales a few months out. New Home Sales did not fare quite as well. Sales of new single-family homes fell 1% for June, coming in at a very modest 312,000 annual rate. But the months' supply of new homes dropped to 6.3, as inventories declined by 3,000 to their lowest level since 1963. The $235,200 median price was UP 7.2% over last year, while … (1 comments)

sharon stevens: Real Estate Market Update July 25, 2011 by Sharon Stevens of For Buyers Only Realty of St Augustine, Exclusive Buyers Agent - 07/25/11 01:46 PM
Last week included both problems and progress in the housing market. Getting the probs out of the way, June Existing Home Sales came in down 0.8% versus May, to an annual rate still below 5 million units, lifting the months' supply to 9.5. But all the sales decline was from condos and coops, single-family sales staying the same. We appear to be bouncing along a bottom, as the median price of an existing home rose for the month and is now up 0.8% from last year. Average prices are up 2.7% versus a year ago. But strong progress could be seen … (0 comments)

sharon stevens: Real Estate Market Update July 12, 2011 by Sharon Stevens of For Buyers Only Realty of St Augustine, Exclusive Buyers Agent. - 07/12/11 01:52 AM
It finally appears seeds are being planted for a housing recovery. Fannie Mae’s monthly survey reported that Americans expect home prices to drop just 0.5% in the next year. Some reported this as a negative because a 0.7% price gain was expected last month. But other analysts see this as a bottom, and those surveyed agree, as the majority (69%) believe it’s a good time to buy a home.
A MacroMarkets LLC study echoed this. More than 50% of the economists, real estate experts and investment strategists polled said they expect a bottom for national home prices this year. Almost two … (0 comments)

sharon stevens: 5 Reasons NOT To Buy A Home (Sharon Stevens, St Augustine's ONLY Exclusive Buyers Agent) - 06/21/11 07:52 AM
June is National Homeownership Month, but the National Association of Exclusive Buyer Agents (NAEBA), an organization of real estate professionals who advocate for home buyers, cautions that, for some, this may not be a good time to become a homeowner.
According to 2011 NAEBA President Michael Crowley, “A potential home buyer needs to seriously consider at least five reasons that home buying may not be the best choice right now.”  Crowley mentioned mixed economic indicators and the potential for the market to turn soft again to a point where first time home buyers could potentially lose their down-payment and time invested … (1 comments)

sharon stevens: 8 Tips On Finding Your New Home In St Augustine - 04/14/11 12:27 AM
8 Tips for Finding Your New Home A solid game plan can help you narrow your homebuying search to find the best home for you. Read
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sharon stevens: The Return of the Real Estate Market in St Augustine by Sharon Stevens, St Augustine Exclusive Buyers Agent - 04/13/11 12:47 PM
 
The Return of the Real Estate Market in St Augustine by Sharon Stevens, St Augustine Exclusive Buyers Agent
 
Those of us who think we can participate in a housing market recovery sooner rather than later just got welcome support from some industry experts. As reported by Fortune on CNNMoney.com, "After four years of plunging home prices, the most attractive asset class in America is housing." Research firm Metrostudy, which tracks new-home inventories for 65% of the U.S. market, reports that the steep drop in construction over the last few years has reversed the supply glut, with starts now well below … (0 comments)

sharon stevens: Old Sebastian Point in St Augustine by Mattamy Homes - 03/20/11 09:14 AM
Old Sebastian Point in St Augustine by Mattamy Homes
Old Sebastian Point is a brand new community being built by Mattamy Homes in St Augustine.  This will be a small intimate community of 87 homes.  Old Sebastian Point has a great location just off of Lewis Point Road near the St Johns County Government Complex....so it has easy access to either U.S. 1 or else I-95 via State Road 16. Perfect ifor commuting to Jacksonville or visiting the Malls on the Southside.
If you want to be close to the beaches....Old Sebastian Point is only a short 10-minute drive to … (0 comments)

sharon stevens: Buying a Vacation Home In St Augustine by Sharon Stevens, St Augustine's ONLY Exclusive Buyers Agent - 02/22/11 05:49 AM
Buying a vacation home in St Augustine by Sharon Stevens, St Augustine's ONLY Exclusive Buyers Agent If you've long dreamt of owning a beach house, country cottage or other second home to while away your leisure time, stop dreaming. With family incomes up, mortgage rates down and resort-real-estate prices depressed because of worries about possible changes in the tax treatment of vacation get-aways, this may be the best time in years to hang out that "Home Sweet Second Home" sign on your new vacation home in St Augustine.Contrary to the popular image of a second home in St Augustine as a … (0 comments)

sharon stevens: St Augustine Buyers Agent Sharon Stevens' Guide to Buying a Home in St Augustine for the First Time Home Buyer - 02/17/11 12:52 PM
St Augustine Buyers Agent Sharon Stevens' Guide to Buying a Home in St Augustine for the First Time Home Buyer
Buying a home for the first time can seem like an overwhelming task. Youíre making the biggest financial decision of your life, and there is so much to consider. It helps a lot to understand the process from beginning to end. In this article, Iíll walk you through the entire process of buying a house in St Augustine so that your entire home buying experience will go more smoothly.Step #1  Getting Your Mortgage Pre-ApprovedAs we both know, lenders arenít nearly as … (0 comments)

sharon stevens: Tips On Managing Risk In The St Augustine Real Estate Market by Sharon Stevens Exclusive Buyers Agent - 02/16/11 02:12 PM
Tips To Managing Risk In The St Augustine Real Estate Market by Sharon Stevens Exclusive Buyers Agent
Investors have a hard life. Rising insurance rates, legal liability, security concerns and increasing interest rates may not be actually conspiring to give them early heart attacks, but it can seem that way. Managing risk in St Augustine is in a large part, all about how to lower uncertainty by dealing appropriately with those and other stress factors.Start by exercising common sense and gathering as much information about the St Augustine real esate market and the general economy in addition to the specifics on … (0 comments)

sharon stevens: Three Quick Tips About Hiring a Contractor in St Augustine by St Augustine Exclusive Buyers Agent Sharon Stevens - 02/14/11 03:01 PM
Three Things you should Know About Hiring a Contractor in St Augustine, by St Augustine Exclusive Buyers Agent Sharon Stevens
In this article, we'll go over three necessary things you need to know about working with contractors to guarantee the most cost-effective, most timely, and highest quality work.
 Tip one - Be Extraordinarily Express
When you are asking for a bid or when you are talking about a job with a contractor, be extraordinarily really explicit about what you're trying to find.
 After you have concluded on a number, you need to also be very meticulous about being explicit in what … (0 comments)

sharon stevens: Number One "Trigger" to Quickly Get a Buyer to Make an Offer on Your House in St Augustine by Sharon Stevens - St Augustines ONLY Exclusive Buyers Agent - 02/13/11 02:44 PM
Number One "Trigger" to Quickly Get a Buyer to Make an Offer on Your House in St Augustine by Sharon Stevens - St Augustines ONLY Exclusive Buyers Agent
What is it exactly that sells a house? Is it the price? Is it design? Is it the kitchen, bedroom, or the bathroom? In reality, it's none of these. What really sells a house are the buyer's emotions. In order to sell your house quickly, it's very important to learn to trigger your buyer's emotions. Based on years of experience in the [Profile.market2] real estate market, here I'll share with you some of … (1 comments)

sharon stevens: Home Loans in St Augustine Florida - By Sharon Stevens, St Augustine's ONLY Exclusive Buyers Agent* - 02/12/11 01:07 AM
Shopping For a Home Loan in St Augustine Florida - By Sharon Stevens, St Augustine's ONLY Exclusive Buyers Agent*
 Next to shopping for the home in St Augustine itself, shopping for the home loan can be just as cumbersome. For such a large amount of money, you want to make sure you are getting the best deal possible.
Loan Elements
There are four key elements of your home mortgage payment: the principle, interest, taxes, and insurance. The principle is the amount of money that your are borrowing, less any down payment made. The interest is the cost of borrowing, expressed as … (0 comments)

sharon stevens: What You Can do to Help Your St Augustine Home Inspector - By St Augustine's Only Exclusive Buyers Agent, Sharon Stevens - 02/11/11 03:33 PM
What You Can do to Help Your St Augustine Home Inspector - By St Augustine's Only Exclusive Buyers Agent, Sharon Stevens
So you have decided to get a St Augustine home inspector check your home. That’s a smart choice. And, of course, you want to get the most out of this hired professional’s services. But, wait. Before going out there and scrutinizing your St Augustine home inspector’s work, maybe you should start with yourself first? What is your role in all this? What do you have to do to make your St Augustine home inspector’s work easier and therefore make your … (0 comments)

sharon stevens: How To Buy Insurance For Your Investment Property in St Augustine by real estate Buyers Agent Sharon Stevens - 02/10/11 03:43 PM
How To Buy Insurance For Your Investment Property in St Augustine by real estate Buyers Agent Sharon StevensWe all think that when we buy house insurance that we have plenty of coverage. Unfortunately, many times, this is not the case. There have been many homeowners that discovered that their coverage did not cover flooding or even certain types of fire. As an investor, it is extremely important that they have the right type of coverages for their properties in St Augustine. In our discussion today, we will look at some things that as an investor you should be aware of or … (0 comments)

sharon stevens: St Augustine Home Buying Advice - More stringent screening means borrowers must watch credit until closing day - 02/09/11 02:22 AM
St Augustine Home Buying Advice - More stringent screening means borrowers must watch credit until closing day
Be prepared to be looked at under a microscope for not only the 6 months before you apply for a mortgage...but all the way to closing day.
Here is a great article from the Washington Post
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For help in finding a great St Augustine Mortgage Lender to help you through this "hairy" process. ...visit my
ST AUGUSTINE REAL ESTATE INFO website.
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sharon stevens: Should You Buy Or Should You Rent In St Augustine Florida? By Sharon Stevens, St Augustine Real Estate Expert and Exclusive Buyers Agent - 02/08/11 01:31 AM
Should You Buy or Should You Rent In St Augustine Florida by Sharon Stevens, real estate expert and Exclusive Buyers Agent.
If you have ever rented, then you have probably more than once wondered if you should rent or buy your own home. In our discussion today, we will give you three tips to consider.
Tip #1 – Have you considered all of the costs?
Now as much as it would be nice to own your own home, and as much as people are always willing to suggest that you should move into your own home, no one tells you about … (0 comments)

sharon stevens: Tips For Financing Investment Real Estate in St Augustine Florida By Sharon Stevens, St Augustine's Exclusive Buyers Agent - 02/07/11 03:41 AM
Receive the best type of loan for your investment property in St Augustine Florida. It doesn't matter if your getting a loan for a rental property or another type of property in St Augustine that you want to sell for quick cash or hold long term. This special report series will uncover the place to start on your journey for investment financing.READ EVERY WORD BELOW: Sharon Stevens DiscussesHow to Finance Your Investment Property in St Augustine Florida.Searching for investment opportunities in St Augustine can be a rewarding career or retirement plan. It is exciting to walk into a run down property … (0 comments)

sharon stevens: How to Win a Multiple Offer Bid in St Augustine Without Losing Your Shirt, by Sharon Stevens, St Augustine Buyers Broker - 02/06/11 03:40 PM
How to Win a Multiple Offer Bid in St Augustine Without Losing Your Shirt, by Sharon Stevens,St Augustine Buyers Broker
One of the worst things that can happen during the home buying process is to finally find your dream home, only to discover that someone else is already bidding on it. When this happens, how can you win your dream house without losing your shirt in the process? In this article, weíll cover some of the more important points to winning a multiple offer property in St Augustine.Tip #1 - Know Your LimitItís tempting to increase your bid based on emotions … (1 comments)

sharon stevens: The Purchase Document For Investors by real estate expert Sharon Stevens - 02/05/11 03:50 PM
The Purchase Document For Investors by real estate expert Sharon StevensIt is very important to protect yourself when you are purchasing some investment property in St Augustine. One of the ways that you can do this is to make sure that you know what should be in your purchase contract and that you are satisfied with everything in it. In our discussion today, we will be discussing some of the parts of the purchase contract.Names on the contractMake sure that all of the parties that are involved with the transaction are clearly named in the contract. This includes all partners and … (1 comments)

 
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