rivers team: Check out this great article.... 4 Reasons to Sale NOW! - 02/09/10 11:20 PM
This is a great article that I found while reading through The National Association of Realtors Real Estate news.  Source: McClatchy Tribune, Kate Forgach (02/07/2010) Check it out! below.....
 4 Reasons to Sell Now Selling a property in this tough market can seem like a challenge. Here are four factors that actually make this a good time to post a For-Sale sign.
Sell low and buy low. Because all property values are down, the loss on the property a home owner sells is really only a paper loss because the next property he buys also will be a bargain. If he buys smartly, when … (1 comments)

rivers team: Builders Moving Toward Better Times ....check out this article from Realtor.org - 01/15/10 12:54 AM
Check out this great article below that I came across while checking out the latest on Realtor.org GREAT news for those builders out there and an awesome sign that things are looking up in the Tallahassee Market! Check it out below.....
Builders Moving Toward Better Times
Lots of signs point to a recovery in the construction industry. With help from a federal tax break, both Lennar Corp. and KB Home posted fourth-quarter profits - the first time since 2007 that either has been in the black.KB Home CEO Jeffrey Mezger said in a statement: "There are indications that housing market … (1 comments)

rivers team: Pending home sales still going up! Great Article!!!! - 12/15/09 02:47 PM
Check out this great article Nine Consecutive Gains for Pending Home Salesposted by the National Association of Realtors. This article states that "Pending home sales have risen for nine months in a row, a first for the series of the index since its inception in 2001" 
This article also states that "The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator based on contracts signed in October, increased 3.7 percent to 114.1 from 110.0 in September, and is 31.8 percent above October 2008 when it was 86.6. The rise from a year ago is the biggest annual increase ever recorded for the index, which … (1 comments)

rivers team: Check out this article on the Tax Credit Extension from Charles McMillan, 2009 NAR President - 11/06/09 03:41 AM
Looks like we are headed in the right direction! Great News for anyone looking to purchase a home after the November 30th Deadline!
To read the full article from Charles McMillian click on the link that I have posted below. You can also listen to President's Podcast, with details on the new tax credit and when it takes effect. 
 For more information on the tax credit and the Tallahassee Market give me a call! You can reach me at 850-591-2599 or email me at julie@ringtherivers.com

Julie Cox-Money
Buyer Specialist
The Rivers Team

rivers team: Check out this great article from REALTOR Magazine! Rebound in Existing-Home Sales! - 10/27/09 04:40 AM
Big Rebound in Existing-Home Sales
Daily Real Estate News, October 23, 2009 NAR, Realtor Magazine Existing-home sales bounced back strongly in September with first-time buyers driving much of the activity, marking five gains in the past six months, according to the National Association of REALTORS®.Existing-home sales-including single-family, townhomes, condominiums, and co-ops-jumped 9.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.57 million units in September from a level of 5.10 million in August, and are 9.2 percent higher than the 5.10 million-unit pace in September 2008. Sales activity is at the highest level in more than two years, since it hit … (1 comments)

rivers team: Fears and Facts about buying a new home! - 10/26/09 02:07 PM
You may have not decided to buy yet but a lot of fears are unfounded.  Here are a few examples of past clients concerns:
Fear: I should wait until the real estate market gets better.
Fact: There is never a wrong time to buy the right home.
Fear: I don't have the money for the down payment.
Fact: There are a variety of down payment options available to you.
Fear: I can't afford to buy my dream home.
Fact: The best way to get closer to buying your dream home is to buy your first home.
Fear: I … (0 comments)

rivers team: Some words of advice for anyone who's considering buying a home or refinancing: - 10/26/09 01:51 PM
Last week, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said that as the economy heals, the Fed will be very vigilant to protect against inflation. While inflation is not a problem at present, it will most certainly become a problem down the road. So why does this matter if you are considering purchasing or refinancing?
Because inflation is the arch-enemy of Bonds and home loan rates, and just the knowledge of it coming has been causing both Bonds and home loan rates to worsen in recent days. Along with the fear of inflation, the Fed's purchasing program of Mortgage Backed Securities is already … (1 comments)

rivers team: Weekly best buy list of great Tallahassee properties! - 10/06/09 04:07 PM
Would you like to receive our Best Buy List on a regular basis? just let me know and I will sign you up to receive great listings picked by our team of buyer specialist who know the market and the great deals that are out there. Every week, the Rivers Team agents compile a list of the absolute best buys that they find in our local market - this includes properties in all price ranges and areas.
You'll find the link to this week's properties below. You can view the property descriptions in the link that is provided and call us if … (0 comments)

rivers team: Hurry! $8,000 Reasons to Buy Your First Home Now before the November 30, 2009 deadline! - 10/06/09 03:43 PM
Thinking about buying your first home? Act today and the government will give you FREE money in the form of a tax credit or down payment. No, you're not dreaming! As part of its plan to stimulate the U.S. housing market and address the economic challenges facing our nation, Congress has passed legislation that grants a tax credit of up to $8,000 to first-time home buyers. And those who qualify for the federal $8,000 first -time home buyers tax credit will be able to apply for down payment assistance through
the state of Florida or the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) before … (0 comments)

rivers team: Motivation for Moving! Great Info from Relocation.com and KW research - 10/01/09 02:14 AM
More Moving for Positive Reasons & Less for Recession

Half of people surveyed by Relocation.com moved to improve their living
situation. This is a huge improvement from last March when the majority
of people moved due to the recession.
Source: relocation.com

• 26% moved to live in a bigger or better home
• 24% moved into a better neighborhood
• 12% moved to be closer to family or friends • 9% moved into an area with a lower cost of living
• 6% moved due to a change in marital status
• 3% or less for each of the … (0 comments)

rivers team: Tallahassee Appreciation Stats over the past 5 years! - 10/01/09 01:51 AM
These numbers are according to the FAR UF Bergstrom Report  
We looked at the individually - year to year and then an overall average rate.  
2009                                                 $174,100      down 18%  
2008                                                 $205,900      down  2%  
2007                                                 $210,200      up 18%  
2006                                                 $172,800     down 2%  
2005                                                 $176,700    up 15%     
2004                                                 $153,600    
Over the last 5 years prices have gone from a median of 153,600 to $174,100 which is a 2.6% appreciation for the past 5 years.
For more information on the Tallahassee Market give me a call at 850-591-2599 or … (0 comments)

rivers team: Pending Home Sales on the rise! Yea!!!!!! - 09/01/09 02:42 PM
So I was reading this great article tonight sent to me from the National Association of Realtors and got super excited about the fact that we are making progress now in this market. In NAR's article "pending home sales on a record roll" It is stated that Contract activity for pending home saleshas risen for six straight months, a pattern not seen in the history of the index since it began in 2001, according to the National Association of Realtors®.
 This is Great News! The article also states "The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contracts signed in … (3 comments)

rivers team: And the Market just keeps getting better! - 07/15/09 01:16 PM
And the Market keeps getting better!!!!
So I was reading this article that came to me from The National Association of Realtors titled "Pending Home Sales Record Fourth Straight Monthly Gain" and I got super excited to once again read about how the market is turning around and things are looking up! This article has some great information in it and talks about the fact that the pending home sales index increased from 0.1% to 90.7% from a reading of 90.6% in April and then 6.7% higher in May2008 when it was 85.0. This article states that the last time … (0 comments)

rivers team: Tallahassee Market View - 07/06/09 01:56 AM
If you ask me how I feel about the Tallahassee market then I would have to say, "It's a great time to buy". The National Association of Realtors states in an article titled "More signs of a Real Estate Turnaround" that there are many signs that good things are ahead.
This article written by Bill Dedman quotes that Housing confidence is up amid increasing evidence that the market is turning around and that The Adversity Index from MSNBC.com and Moody's Economy.com reported signs of a turnaround in 33 of the nation's metro areas.While that's less than 10 percent of all metro … (0 comments)

rivers team: Now is a great time to buy in Tallahassee!!! - 04/01/09 03:37 AM
If you ask me how I feel about the Tallahassee market then I would have to say, "It's a great time to buy".  Home prices are finally on the rise and I think that it is safe to say that I feel we may have finally hit the bottom in Tallahassee. The Florida Association of Realtors states that U.S. home prices rose 1.7 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from December to January, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency's (FHFA) monthly House Price Index. This is great news!
Inman news also stated on March 26th2009 that Mortgage Rates have not … (0 comments)

rivers team: 10 Things you should know when buying your next home! - 03/04/09 06:30 AM
Now is such a great time to buy and I know that I am always talking about this so I figured I would find some good material for you guys to take a look at once you have actually decided that you are ready. Once you have made the decision to actually buy a home or even if you are just thinking about it there are certain things that you should know. So I found this great article on CNN money.com titled 10 things to know. 
This article has great information regarding the planning and preparation for one of the biggest most important … (0 comments)

rivers team: Now is a great time to buy! House Prices at an all time low!!!! - 03/04/09 06:20 AM
If you ask me now is a GREAT time to buy! Home prices are at an all time low and interest rates are at an all time historic low. First time home-buyers that can get approved for a mortgage loan are facing one of the biggest opportunity's in history to get a great deal on a home that will pave the way for their future investments in Real Estate. In addition, if you purchase a home NOW you may be eligible to receive an $8000 tax credit for first time home-buyers. With all of these advantages, why would you not want … (0 comments)

rivers team: Great Information on the Real Estate Market from NAR - 02/05/09 03:08 AM
If you ask me what my view on the Real Estate Market in Tallahassee than I would have to say that now is a great time to buy! According to an article posted by the National Association of Realtors "Pending Home Sales Show Healthy Gain" Pending home sales increased as more buyers took advantage of improved affordability conditions. The National Board of Realtors states that The Pending home Sales Index, a forward looking indicator based on contracts signed in December rose 6.3% to 87.7% from an upward revised reading of 82.5% in November, and is 2.1% higher than December 2007 when … (0 comments)

rivers team: Great first time home buyer info! Now is the time to buy!!!! - 01/20/09 12:34 PM
Hey Guys,
Just want to let you guys know that any of you out there that are interested in knowing more about home ownership should definitley check out this First Time Home Buyer Book Slide with tons of helpful inform ation on home ownership. You can visit and down load this slide at http://www.millionairesystems.com/msys/YFH.html
Visit the webpage and take a look. If you would like to get a copy of the book that can help you with your next home purchase then give me a call and we can discuss the path to owning your own home! :)
For more information on … (0 comments)

rivers team: Info about the First Time Home Buyers Tax Credit......What you should know! - 12/11/08 11:38 PM
Hey Guys!
So I have had a lot of people ask me about the Federal Tax Credit and when it will no longer be available to first time home buyers who wish to buy a home now. I found some good info on federalhousingtaxcredit.com so I figured that I would share! Take a look at the link below to find out everything you need to know about this Federal Tax Credit and how you can qualify.
For more information on the Tallahassee Real Estate Market you can contact me at 850-591-2599 or email me at julie@ringtherivers.com 

Julie Cox-Money 
Buyer … (0 comments)


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