Sarasota Luxury Real Estate News

Improving Your Home’s Curb Appeal

When it comes to showing your home to potential buyers, first impressions are extremely important. A buyer usually has a list of several homes to look at in one day. Ensuring that your home is in top shape from the inside out may give your property an edge over another. Here’s a checklist of things you can do to improve the curb appeal of your home and draw the eye of potential buyers, even from afar.

For Sellers: Maximizing the Value of Your Home

Knowing the factors that affect the value of your home is important when you’re getting ready to sell. Focus on the changes you can affect and work with your realtor to minimize or compensate for the things you can’t. 7 Things You Can Change to Add Value to Your Home An updated kitchen. Big kitchens […]

Spotlight on Local Housing Sales

Nationally, the sale of existing homes rose 9.4% in September. In Florida, sales rose by 34%. Local analysts say it’s a combination of falling prices and the $8,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit that has made all the difference in South Florida. Housing activity in two counties, Broward County and Palm Beach County, reveal just how […]

Secure and Grow Your Property Investment Return

If you are a buyer with money to invest in today’s housing market, there are a number of strategies that have stood the test of time when it comes to property investment and realizing a return on those investments. Below are 8 tips from the authors of Investing In Real Estate (McLean and Eldred 2006) […]

5 Tips for Today’s Home Buyer

Price matters notwithstanding, buying a home in today’s economy is different than in years past. As a potential buyer, here are 5 important considerations before you purchase a home in the near future: 1. Flip at your own risk. The housing market is looking up, but if we’ve learned anything over the past two years, […]

Low Mortgage Rates Incentivize Refinancing

Mid-October rates for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.92%. This is 6.46% less than the rate a year ago. According to Freddie Mac chief economist Frank Nothaft, rates under 5% are enticing some homeowners to take advantage of low rates to refinance their current balances. Northaft says that three out of five mortgage applications in […]

Home Sales Up Everywhere in September

Bolstered by first time homebuyers taking advantage of the $8,000 tax credit, the sale of previously-owned homes was up 9.4% in September. “Much of the momentum is from people responding to the first-time buyer tax credit, which is freeing many sellers to make a trade and buy another home,” explains National Association of Realtors chief […]

Plan to Aid State and Local Housing Finance Agencies

Obama Administration officials have unveiled a plan to aid state and local housing finance agencies that provide mortgages to first-time and lower-income homebuyers and enable the development or rehabilitation of rental properties. The measure will enable housing agencies in all 50 states to provide lending directly to families and enable the development or rehabilitation of […]

Homebuyer Tax Credit Ending Soon (Or is it?)

While an extension of the November 30, 2009, deadline for the homebuyer tax credit is actively being considered, it’s not a done deal quite yet. In the meantime, it bears noting what the first time home buyer tax credit has done and continues to do for the real estate market. Almost 50% of all houses […]

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