Monthly Archives: November 2009

Real Estate Insights – November 2009

In This Issue “There’s Good News Tonight” The first-time home buyer tax credit, originally scheduled to expire on November 30th, has been extended – and expanded. That is indeed good news for first-time buyers, as well as repeat buyers, many … Continue reading

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Tax Credit Quandaries Answered

The complexity of new home buyer tax credits leaves potential buyers with many questions. Here are answers to some of the most confusing: How does a current home owner qualify for the $6,500 credit? Buyers must have lived in their … Continue reading

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U.S. markets fall on Dubai crisis

U.S. stocks tumble as Dubai debt worries continue to weigh on global traders. U.S. stocks continued to slump in afternoon trading Friday amid growing concern over Dubai’s financial stability. The Dow Jones industrial average began the day with a loss … Continue reading

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Existing-Home Sales Record Big Gains

Driven by the home buyer tax credit, existing-home sales showed another big gain in October with a strong uptrend established over the past seven months, according to the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. At the same time, inventories have continued to … Continue reading

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2008 Cost vs. Value Report: Still Many Happy Returns for Home Rehabs

Remodeling magazine’s annual report shows that maintenance-related projects and moderately priced upgrades are providing stable paybacks, even in a slower market. Despite home price drops in many cities, remodeling projects are holding their own as a way for owners to … Continue reading

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Mortgage Tuneup

Give your mortgage an annual once over If the last time you looked at your mortgage was when you closed on your loan, it’s time to take it out for an annual once over. New loan programs and opportunities to … Continue reading

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Foreclosure Opens Windows For Investors

There’s an old saying that suggests that opportunity is where you find it. Note that it doesn’t say “where it finds you”. This old saying could easily be the mantra of the foreclosure investor. To such an investor, finding a great foreclosure property … Continue reading

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