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Significance of the Home Buyer Tax Credit Extension and Changes

November 6, 2009

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UPDATED – November 7th, 2009 **It is LAW – signed by Obama on Friday**! The Florida First-Time Home buyer Tax Credit may soon be known as the Home Buyer Tax Credit… being opened to non-first time buyers for the first time. As you have likely already read on My FHA Mortgage Blog – the Florida [...]

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Congress Expands And Extends The First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit

November 6, 2009

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Congress both extended and expanded the First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit program Thursday. The White House says the President will sign it into law today. The up-to-$8000 tax credit’s expiration date has been pushed forward to spring, requiring homebuyers to be under contract by April 30, 2010, and to be closed by June 30, 2010. The program’s [...]

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Can I Do My Own Orlando Florida Loan Modification?

April 20, 2009

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Can I Do My Own Orlando Loan Modification? The short answer is yes; you can do your own Orlando loan modification. If you are an avid do-it-yourselfer [DIY], and are willing to dedicate the time, energy, and effort, you can do your own loan modification. One thing to understand upfront, though, is simply because you [...]

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How To Know If You’re Eligible For an Orlando “Making Home Affordable” Refinance

April 8, 2009

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April 4, 2009, marked the official start of the Making Home Affordable refinance program. Expected to help 5 million homeowners, the Making Home Affordable program “looks the other way” with respect to falling home values, approving mortgage applications based on borrower payment history and benefit to the homeowner. Not every homeowner is eligible for a [...]

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3 Primary Benefits from the Stimulus for Orlando home buyers and owners.

March 7, 2009

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3 Main provisions of the 2009 economic stimulus plan that benefit Orlando Real Estate Buyers and Owners. Benefit #1 — Expansion of Home Improvement Tax Credit The tax credit for making energy efficient home improvements is now 30% of the cost of the improvements up to a maximum of $1,500. This means that if the [...]

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3 Easy Steps as State Farm begins leaving Florida

February 23, 2009

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As an Orlando Mortgage Broker in Seminole County, I have had the experience of working with many insurance carriers -some good – some bad. As the largest private property insurer makes the move to pull out of Florida, home owners are wondering – what do we do now? I personally have been using State Farm [...]

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Lake Mary home deals: Super Bowl is a line in the sand.

February 4, 2009

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The Super Bowl Weekend [wow, what a game - huh?] traditionally marks the start of the Lake Mary real estate Spring Buying Season. Anecdotally, Lake Mary real estate agents will tell you that buyer activity tends to tick higher at this time of the year… and I tend to agree. I have seen a definite [...]

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Get 1/2 the story – Low Longwood Mortgage Interest Rates

January 15, 2009

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Longwood real estate and mortgage rate shoppers – beware.  When it comes to low mortgage rates, you can’t always believe what you read in the papers, get in your mailbox [as you go through your mail standing over the garbage can] or hear on TV. Or, for that matter, what you see in official looking [...]

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First Time Home Buyers can couple $8000 Tax Credit and Low Interest Rates to buy Longwood Real Estate

December 26, 2008

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Okay, so the subject line is long – but, believe it or not I cut it short. It could have been, “First Time Home Buyers can couple $8000 Tax Credit and Low Interest Rates and high inventories to buy Longwood Real Estate” We are seeing an unbelievable ‘perfect storm’ for buyers! Beware though – when [...]

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Lowest Lake Mary Mortgage Refinance and Purchase Rates in over 2 years!? If you move quick…

December 16, 2008

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Well Good News for Lake Mary mortgage rates! The Federal Open Market Committee [maybe we will just call them the FED] voted to cut the Fed Funds Rate by at least three-quarters percent Tuesday. The benchmark rate now rests in a range of 0.000-0.250%… and no, that doesn’t mean your mortgage will be at 0%. [...]

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