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Monthly Archives: January 2010

3 Months Left for Seller Tax Credit

Posted on January 31, 2010 by tim in Selling, Tax Credit

There’s happy news for current homeowners: If you intend to sell your home and buy another in 2009 or 2010, you may be eligible for a federal tax credit of up to $6,500. This is all a part of the …

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Low Interest Rates, But How Long?

Posted on January 29, 2010 by tim in Buying, First Time Home Buyer, Mortgage

Mortgage interest rates are low right now, but don’t expect that to last. When the government quits buying mortgage-backed securities, rates will head up and away.…

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’09 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report

Posted on January 25, 2010 by tim in Investor, Selling, Value

According to the 2009 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report – Realtors® report that the smartest home improvement investments may also be some of the least expensive. Results show that small-scale exterior projects are the most profitable at resale.…

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FHA Announces Policy Changes

Posted on January 22, 2010 by tim in Buying, FHA, First Time Home Buyer, Mortgage

The Federal Housing Administration has announced a set of policy changes on Wednesday that will effect purchasers.…

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First Time Buyers – 47% of ’09 Sales

Posted on January 21, 2010 by tim in Buying, First Time Home Buyer, Tax Credit

Given the success of the first-time home buyer tax credit and its extension into 2010, the National Association of Realtors is forecasting that existing home sales will jump 13.6% in 2010 after a 2% increase in 2009.…

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Investors Exempt From 90-Day Rule

Posted on January 20, 2010 by tim in Buying, FHA, First Time Home Buyer, Investor, Mortgage, Selling

An update from FHA was released on Friday January 15th, 2010, regarding the 90 day regulation on the resale of a purchase property. Effective February 1st 2010, FHA/ HUD will not require that a seller of a property be on …

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Mortgage Apps Rise After New Years

Posted on January 19, 2010 by tim in Mortgage

Mortgage application volume increased 14.3% last week compared to the previous week on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.…

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Top 10 Projects that Add Value

Posted on January 14, 2010 by tim in Appraisal, Selling, Staging, Value

Learn which updates add the most value to your home.

#1 TOP BUDGET-FRIENDLY PROJECT: Clean and Conquer Clutter
If you’re on a tight budget, cleaning and decluttering is by far the most cost-effective way to add value to your home. …

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Home Grants for College Graduates

Posted on January 11, 2010 by tim in Buying, First Time Home Buyer, Grant Money
At the tail end of October '09, when we thought the last first-time home buyer tax credit was coming to a close, there was a new grant program announced in Ohio. In most cases, it went unnoticed and was overshadowed by the mad rush to close on a home by November 30th, the initial due date of the Homebuyer tax credit.

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Federal $8,000 Tax Credit Explained

Posted on January 11, 2010 by tim in Buying, First Time Home Buyer, Tax Credit

On November 6, 2009, President Obama signed a bill to extend the tax credit for first-time home buyers through June 30, 2010. The bill also opens up opportunities for others who are not buying a home for the first time.…

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