Monthly Archives: July 2012

Featured Jacksonville Gay Realtor: Drew, Keller Williams

Gay Realtor Drew

I am a gay friendly Realtor in the beautiful city of Tyler, Texas. I am also a Certified Master Herbalist Practitioner and an EcoBroker certified agent. I have been helping people find the home of their dreams for over 20 years. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Professional/Personal Distinctions:

EcoBroker Certified

 

 

Specialties:

Green Living, Holistic Living, Organic Farming, Green Building

 

 

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Posted on July 31, 2012 in Gay Realtors

Mortgages, Home Improvement Top Consumer Gripes

When it comes to mortgages and home improvement, many consumers have some complaints, according to a new survey by the Consumer Federation of America, which reveals the top consumer complaints of last year.

Among its list of 2011 top “worst” consumer gripes: mortgage-related problems, home improvement, timeshare sales and resales, Internet sales, and fraud.

Many of the mortgage complaints stem from the foreclosure crisis and home owners who owe more on their loans than their homes are currently worth, according to the study.

Home improvement and construction complaints remain a top complaint in the latest survey, mostly centered around “shoddy work” or “failure to start or complete the job,” according to the study. Consumers also complained about a surge in telemarketing and mail solicitations for home repairs “disguised as offers to perform free energy audits.”

Landlord and tenant complaints mostly centered on “unhealthy or unsafe conditions, failure to make repairs or provide promised amenities, deposit and rent disputes, and illegal eviction tactics,” according to the report.

Other real estate-related complaints involved timeshare sales and resales, retirement communities and assisted living facilities, and real estate fraud.

 

The author of this article is: realtormag.realtor.org

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Posted on July 31, 2012 in Mortgages

Housing Recovery Brings Agents Back

Signs of life in the residential property market are drawing realty agents back to the industry, with some national franchises faring better than others.

Leading the pack in attracting agents is RE/MAX, which has been identified in two different surveys as the country’s leading real estate brokerage.  RE/MAX has registered its first gain in number of agents since 2010, adding more than 1,300 practitioners year to date.

 

The author of this article is: realtormag.realtor.org

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Posted on July 31, 2012 in Housing

Featured Corpus Christi: Justin, Edwards Capital Corporation

Gay Realtor Justin

From start to finish and after you move in…. i’m still there to help, guide and answer any questions you or your friends and family may have.

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Professional/Personal Distinctions:

Member National Association of Realtors

 

 

Specialties:

First Time home buyers, Commercial, Residential, Property Management, New Construction, Investment. You name it, I do it, and I do it well!

 

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Posted on July 30, 2012 in Gay Realtors

How to Get More Accurate Appraisals

Low appraisals have been blamed on delaying—or even canceling—many real estate transactions over the last few years. While real estate professionals are limited in how much involvement they can have in the appraisal process, they can do a few important things to help ensure their sellers receive a fair valuation.

  1. Be there. Appraisers and other real estate agents say that being present at the home’s appraisal is important. Agents can respond to any possible questions the appraiser might have as he or she is valuing the property. However, agents need to make sure they don’t overstep their boundaries. Rules limit contact between agents and appraisers.
  2. Provide extra information. Michael Citron of Coconut Creek, Fla., says he gives appraisers packages of information that include comparable sales as well as a list of the home’s home’s upgrades and amenities within the development. Others also recommend that any information include the dates that renovations took place, permits for additions, and even receipts for the work (if available).

“You don’t want things to be missed that may result in a higher value,” says appraiser Scott Dooley in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

 

The author of this article is: realtormag.realtor.org

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Posted on July 30, 2012 in Mortgages

In Mass., E-mails Are Binding in Real Estate Transactions

E-mails can have power in a home sale, at least in one state. The Supreme Court of Massachusetts ruled that a series of e-mails between the buyer’s and seller’s attorneys created a binding agreement in a real estate transaction. The case, Feldberg v. Coxall, involved an e-mail that included a revised, unsigned offer to purchase two pieces of land from the buyer. The high court ruled that the e-mails created a binding agreement and entitled the buyer to a notice of claim.

“While many [real estate professionals] and attorneys may assume all e-mailed, non-hard copy communication was informal and non-binding up until now, this has changed the game—at least in one state,” reporter Jessica Huseman with HousingWire reports.

Richard Vetstein of the Massachusetts Real Estate Law Blog suggests agents add a disclaimer to their e-mails, such as “Emails sent or received shall neither constitute acceptance of conducting transactions via electronic means nor shall create a binding contract in the absence of a fully signed written contract.”

 

The author of this article is: realtormag.realtor.org

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Posted on July 30, 2012 in Real Estate

Mortgage rates drop to historic lows

Market concern over the strength of the economic recovery took Treasury yields to new depths, causing both 30- and 15-year fixed-rate mortgages to continue tumbling to historic lows.

The Freddie Mac survey showed 30-year FRM averaged 3.49% for the week ending Thursday, a record low from last week’s 3.53%. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.55%.

The 15-year FRM, a popular refinancing choice, also set a new record, averaging 2.8%, down from last week‘s average of 2.83%. A year ago, the average rate for a 15-year FRM was 3.66%.

Five-year, Treasury-indexed, hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages averaged 2.74%, up from 2.69% last week and falling from 3.25% a year earlier.

And one-year, Treasury-indexed ARMs averaged 2.71%, up from last week’s 2.69% and down from 2.95% last year.

“The Conference Board Leading Economic Index showed the largest monthly decline in June since September 2011,” Freddie Mac Chief Economist Frank Nothaft said in explaining the interest rate movements. “Existing home sales fell to 4.36 million homes (annualized) in June and represented the slowest pace since October 2011. Similarly, new home sales fell in June to their lowest level since January of this year.”

Home loan analytics firm Bankrate, which surveys large banks, reported the 30-year FRM fell to 3.75% from 3.78%, while the 15-year FRM dropped to 3% from 3.04%. The 5/1 ARM ticked remained at 2.89%.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency reported mortgage rates for the purchase of previously occupied homes fell to 3.67% in June from 3.78% the previous month. The rate on all mortgages (fixed- and adjustable-rate) also averaged 3.67% in June, down from 3.78% in May.

The average interest rate for 30-year FRM on loans of $417,000 or less decreased 16 basis points to 3.88% in June, according to the FHFA. The rates are calculated from the agency’s monthly interest rate survey of purchase-money mortgages, reflecting loans closed from June 25 to 30.

While falling mortgage rates may seem beneficial to the overall real estate market, analysts with Capital Economics are not sold on the idea that low interest rates are an effective medicine for the market.

“News of mortgage rates falling to fresh lows may have become an almost weekly occurrence, but there’s relatively little evidence that this is translating into stronger housing demand among mortgage dependent buyers,” said property economist Paul Diggle with Capital Economics.

He added, “The underlying improvement in sales activity remains heavily dependent on investors and cash buyers, who are attracted to housing in part because of low yields elsewhere.”

 

The author of this article is: Justin T. Hilley

 See the original post at: http://www.housingwire.com/news/mortgage-rates-drop-historic-lows

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Posted on July 27, 2012 in Mortgages

Featured New York Realtor: Fernando, NYCT Realty

Gay Realtor Fernando

Do you have a Real Estate question? Select the contact button below to contact me directly.

I’m a very active member of the New York Board of Realtors, the Westchester Board of Realtors, the Greenwich Board of Realtors and the Connecticut Board of Realtors as well as their Multiple Listing Services.

I strive to create and secure value for each one of my clients, by listening to their dreams and understanding their unique needs I guide them toward opportunity, transforming dreams into reality. My aim is to win the trust of each client based on performance and the highest professional standards. My reward is the bond I build with each client.

I negotiate every transaction with assertiveness and resolve in order to exceed expectations. For many years I have assisted and worked with many Clients (who are now friends) to find their perfect new home, whether as a first time homebuyer, raising a family, upgrading or downsizing, and also in national and/or international relocation.

I am Very passionate about my personal relationships, my family, my profession (Real Estate), animals (I am a Veterinary Doctor), my cooking, and my health! I am always trying to grow and improve in all senses of my life!

I look forward to working with you!

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Professional/Personal Distinctions:

Bilingual Talents: English/Portuguese Achievements: Greenwich office Rookie of the Year Member of WRRE Chairman’s Club = Top 10% WRRE & Top 11% National producer Top Listing Agent for the Greenwich Office Outstanding achievement of Excellence in Customer service – Greenwich office Over 9 Million Dollars in Sales during first year as a Realtor Member of William Raveis Internet Response Team President and Founder of the Western Connecticut StateUniversity Student Investment Club Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil – Ranked 3rd in class of 1560 individuals; Professorial Assistant in Stat

 

 

 

Specialties:

– Client assistance from Pre-sale to Post-sale – Search & discovery of Real Estate – Contract negotiation – Deal management – Investment properties – Residential sales – Real Estate Upgrade – Real Estate Downsizing – Adult Communities – Senior representation – Residential rentals – Buyer & seller representation – First-time home buyer consultant & representation – National & International Relocation – Short sales – Foreclosure

 

 

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Posted on July 27, 2012 in Gay Realtors

Where Homes Are Selling the Fastest

The average number of days homes are spending on the market has dropped by nearly 10 percent nationwide in the last year, according to June housing data from REALTOR.com. The average U.S. home now spends 84 days on the market.

But in some housing markets, homes are selling even faster, spending an average of 45 days or less on the market before they sell. What’s more, many of these housing markets are having not only some of the speediest home sales but also some of the largest increases in median home prices compared to a year ago.

Here are seven metro areas that saw homes on the market for the fewest number of days in June, according to Realtor.com data:

  • Oakland, Calif.

Median days on the market: 24

  • Denver

Median days on the market: 33

  • Anchorage, Alaska

Median days on the market: 43

  • Fresno, Calif.

Median days on the market: 43

  • Bakersfield, Calif.

Median days on the market: 44

  • Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Wash.

Median days on the market: 45

  • San Francisco, Calif.

Median days on the market: 45

 

The author of this article is: realtormag.realtor.org

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Posted on July 27, 2012 in Home Sales

Mortgage Rates Continue Record-Breaking Streak

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage — the most popular choice among home buyers — is now a full percentage point lower than a year ago, Freddie Mac reports in its weekly mortgage market survey. Fixed-rate mortgages have been on a record-breaking streak the last few weeks, pushing home affordability even higher.

“Market concerns over the strength of the economic recovery brought long-term Treasury yields to new lows this week allowing fixed mortgage rates to reach record levels,” says Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac’s chief economist.

Here’s a closer look at rates for the week ending July 26:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged a new low of 3.49 percent, with an average 0.7 point, beating last week’s previous record of 3.53 percent. A year ago, 30-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 4.55 percent.
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged a new record low of 2.80 percent, with an average 0.7 point, dropping from last week’s previous record-low of 2.83 percent.Last year at this time, 15-year rates averaged 3.66 percent.
  • 5-year adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 2.74 percent, with an average 0.6 point, rising from last week’s record low of 2.69 percent. Last year at this time, 5-year ARMs averaged 3.25 percent.
  • 1-year ARMs: averaged 2.71 percent, with an average 0.5 point, also rising from last week’s 2.69 percent average. A year ago, 1-year ARMs averaged 2.95 percent.

The author of this article is: realtormag.realtor.org

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Posted on July 26, 2012 in Mortgages, Uncategorized