Monthly Archives: October 2009

Legislation Pending to Extend Tax Credit

Legislation is currently pending to extend the First Time Home Buyer $8000 Tax Credit, as well as provide a new tax credit for Move Up Buyers (those that currently own a home and are looking to move up to a new home).

See below for a brief overview of the new legislation: Continue reading

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NFL Picks – Week 8

Creig’s picks for the eighth week of NFL games.

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First Time Buyers: You have less than 35 days

ATTENTION FIRST TIME BUYERS:

Time is running out to take advantage of the $8,000 First Time Home Buyers tax credit, which expires on December 1, 2009. While there has been talk of the government extending or broadening the current program, at this time no such legislation has been passed. What does this mean to you?

Remember, the home buying process takes time. This means that in the next 35 days you must:

  1. Listen to our step-by-step guide for First Time Home Buyers
  2. Find a REALTOR to help you in the home buying process
  3. Get pre-approved for a mortgage with a reputable lender
  4. Find a home
  5. Write, negotiate and ratify an offer on the home
  6. Conduct inspections on the property – Appraisal, Termite, Home Inspection, Radon, Well/Septic, etc
  7. Settle on or before November 30, 2009

For more information, visit our First Time Home Buyer Resource Center, or contact us now for more last minute tips to make sure you meet the deadline!

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NFL Picks – Week 7

Creig’s picks for the seventh week of NFL games.

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NFL Picks – Week 6

Creig’s picks for the sixth week of NFL games.

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Now is a great time to “Move-up!”

Buyers who are in the market to “move-up” may not realize now is a great time to sell your “starter” home and buy up. You may think it’s a complicated situation to sell your first home because the market is not as strong as when you first bought. You are probably thinking you can’t afford to buy a new house before selling the old one.

Quality of life is hard to quantify monetarily, but is a major factor in most moves. The truth is – homeowners who want to trade up in a down market can benefit financially. You may sell your current home for less than what it might have sold for a few years ago, but you could also pay a lot less for the next home.

Let’s say your current home that was worth $500,000 two years ago is now worth $400,000, or 20 percent less. Even though you would sell for $100,000 less today, if you buy a $1 million house that two years ago was worth $1.25 million, or 20 percent more, you come out $150,000 ahead.

There is more to consider than just how much profit you might realize in deciding to move up. The first step is to make a list of all the reasons why you want to move. Common reasons are that the house is too small; it doesn’t fit your family’s growing needs; it’s in an inconvenient location; or it’s not located close to family or the schools you want. Then make a list of all of the reasons it would make sense to stay. Weigh the pros and cons.

We are here to help you evaluate the pros and cons and can even work up a Seller’s Estimated Net Sheet outlining the potential profit and any fees associated with the sale of your current home and purchase of you next home. Plus, there’s no obligation.

Contact us today and we will work up the numbers. We’ll prepare a no obligation market analysis of your current home, meet with you in person at your house, review the numbers and provide all the information you need to move forward!

Want more information? Find out all the details at one of our FREE upcoming real estate workshops.

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Howard County taking applications for moderate income houses

The county’s Department of Housing and Community Development will accept applications for its moderate income housing unit program through the end of October.

The program offers reduced sale and rent prices to families who qualify based on income standards.

To be eligible, potential home buyers must have an income that does not exceed $81,338 for a family of four.

Base prices range from $121,000 for condominiums to $229,000 for townhouses.

Potential renters must earn no more than $61,003 for a family of four and rents range from $1,144 to $1,769 monthly.

Since 2007, 65 new townhouses and condos have been released to the home ownership program.

“We are extremely excited to see that the goals of the MIHU program are being realized,” County Executive Kenneth Ulman said in a statement. “This program is helping to bridge the affordability gap by offering housing opportunities to those working families that want to be a part of our community.”

Open enrollment for the program is held quarterly.

Lottery drawings for units in Belmont Station, Village Towns and Gatherings at Jefferson Place are anticipated in November.

The housing department will also host a Buyers and Renters Workshop to explain the program’s eligibility and application process Oct. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, in Columbia.

For more information about moderate income housing, go to http://www.howardcountymd.gov or call 410-313-6318.

Source: Sarah Breitenbach, explorehoward.com (10/8/2009)

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