Foreign sellers? FIRPTA withholding increases to 15%

 WASHINGTON – Jan. 19, 2016 – Congress recently made changes to the U.S. Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980 (FIRPTA). While two changes should benefit the real estate community, a third will impact foreign sellers of certain properties. On the positive side, new FIRPTA rules will make U.S. commercial property more attractive [...]

February 8th, 2016|

What an honor

I received this notice today- thrilled and thankful to my customers who took the time to vote for me (unsolicited) I had no idea you loved me so much.... but I sure loved working for you!!! Hello, Congratulations on being chosen as a 2016 Five Star Real Estate Agent award winner! You will be featured [...]

January 21st, 2016|

More buyers turning to Realtors® for home advice

More buyers turning to Realtors® for home advice  WASHINGTON – Sept. 17, 2015 – More consumers use the Internet during their home search, but buyers also increasingly rely on the knowledge and expertise of a real estate agent, according to the National Association of Realtors®' (NAR) Real Estate in a Digital Age report.  "Research proves [...]

September 21st, 2015|

Fla.’s housing market: More closed sales, rising prices in June 2015

Fla.’s housing market: More closed sales, rising prices in June 2015 Related: NARExisting-home sales rise in June. ORLANDO, Fla. – July 22, 2015 – Florida's housing market reported more closed sales, higher median prices and tightening inventory in June, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Closed sales of existing single-family homes statewide [...]

July 23rd, 2015|

RealtyTrac: Average downpayment at three-year low

RealtyTrac: Average downpayment at three-year low IRVINE, Calif. – June 4, 2015 — RealtyTrac's Q1 2015 U.S. Home Purchase Downpayment Report finds that homebuyers continue to put less money down on a new home. In the first quarter of 2015, the average downpayment (single family homes, condos and townhomes) was 14.8 percent of the purchase [...]

June 10th, 2015|

Home prices starting to rise quickly again

WASHINGTON – May 12, 2015 – The number of metro areas with double-digit price appreciation doubled in the first quarter of this year compared to the quarter before, according to the National Association of Realtors®' latest quarterly housing report.Strong demand and a tight inventory of for-sale homes for-sale pushed up nationwide home prices. The first-quarter [...]

May 13th, 2015|

Fla.’s housing market continues growth trends in March 2015

Fla.’s housing market continues growth trends in March 2015  Related:NAR: Existing-home sales spike in March.ORLANDO, Fla. – April 22, 2015 – Florida's housing market continued its positive track in March with more closed sales, higher median prices, increased pending sales and new listings, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®.Closed sales of [...]

May 2nd, 2015|

Why buy a home? The reasons have changed

Why buy a home? The reasons have changed  IRVINE, Calif. – April 27, 2015 – The first quarterly Homeowner Sentiment Survey finds that people's perception of home value in the post-crash era runs deeper than standard measures of price and location. Today's owners and prospective buyers define value in broader terms – personal confidence in [...]

April 30th, 2015|

70% don’t know about downpayment assistance

70% don’t know about downpayment assistance   WASHINGTON – Dec. 15, 2014 – Seventy percent of U.S. adults say they're unfamiliar with downpayment assistance programs for middle-income homebuyers in their community, according to a NeighborWorks America survey of 1,000 people. But plenty of help is available. NeighborWorks organizations provided 6,000 buyers with more than $100 [...]

December 18th, 2014|

Fla. Aug. sales up 4.2% year-to-year, prices up 3.4%

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 22, 2014 – Florida's housing market saw higher median prices and a rising inventory in August, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Closed sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 21,594 last month, up 4.2 percent over the August 2013 figure. "For several months now, stability and consistency are [...]

October 1st, 2014|
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