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September 2007 Blog Archive

Real Estate Taxes - How Will They Impact Your Future? Thu, Sep 27, 2007 In Tallahasse Florida the Florida Legislature buzz is  focusing on the the new real estate tax reform.  Many of the homeowners who own a home in Florida these changes may directly affect your 2008 tax bill. Growth is a two-edged sword, and our Flo... Read More

Features Buyers Want When Purchasing A Home Thu, Sep 27, 2007 Are you thinking about listing your home for sale?  Are you wondering exactly what buyers want in a home when they purchase a home?  Here is a list of a poll conducted by the National Association of Realtors on September of 2007.  This the what the p... Read More

Downtown Lake Mary Hosts Movies Mon, Sep 24, 2007 On the second Thursday evening every month, the city of Lake Mary and Shaw Construction will be presenting a FREE movie to be shown at Central Park, off Lake Mary Boulevard and Fourth Street (near the gazebo and Delano The Everyday Cafe'). The ne... Read More

Lake Mary Clubs Mon, Sep 24, 2007 Rotary Club of Lake Mary Rotary Club of Lake Mary invites you to join them every Thursday morning from 7:30-8:30 at the Lake Mary Marriott by the Courtyard. Enjoy a buffet breakfast, a special guest speaker, and get an update on all the exciting... Read More

2006 is still predicted to be the 3rd highest record for Florida home sales Mon, Sep 24, 2007 ORLANDO, Fla. -- Adjustments are what we saw in Florida's housing sector as mortage rates stabilized and the inventory of homes available for sale remained at higher levels in the Orlando market.  Throughout the state, the existing-home median price ... Read More

Market Stabilizes Florida's Single Family Housing Market Hits Bottom Mon, Sep 24, 2007 Source:  Wayne Archer  (352) 273-0314 Gainesville, Fla -- Buyers in Florida for homes, should buy now and not wait.  The price is right as the state's single-family residential housing market bottoms out, according to a University of Florida study... Read More

Orlando Florida Real Estate News Mon, Sep 24, 2007 A recent poll for best cities to live was released by Moody's Economy.com.  Studies and results showed that Jacksonville ranked No. 11 and Orlando ranked No. 7 out of 379 metropolitan areas in what the web site calls its "Business Vitality Index."  T... Read More

Lower Fed Rate Means Opportunities On The Rise Mon, Sep 24, 2007 Lower Fed Rate Means Opportunities on the Rise For the first time in more than four years, the Federal Reserve cut its Fed Funds Rate, which directly impacts millions of American borrowers. And while this important decision has many implications,... Read More

Ten Commandments For Pet Owners Mon, Sep 24, 2007 1. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be painful. 2. Give me time to understand what you want from me. Do not break my spirit with your temper, though I will always forgive you. Your patie... Read More

Information On Real Estate Short Sales Mon, Sep 24, 2007 I realize that lenders are under increased pressure to avoid foreclosure but there are limits to what they will do.  And - Investors understand the short sale process is more complicated and the response time is much longer. However, in recent... Read More

Heathrow Funival Mon, Sep 24, 2007 All Heathrow Residents are invited to join us at the Heathrow Funival on Sunday, November 11, 2007 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. It is located at Sawyer Lake Park. Enter the North Gate of Heathrow off of 46-A, the park is 1 mile on the left by the lake. ... Read More

Orlando Developer Expects Another Housing Bubble? Fri, Sep 21, 2007 Downtown Orlando developer Cameron Kuhn, who built a portfolio worth more than $100 million said Thursday he expects another bubble before the market stalls and falls again. Speaking to gruop of small business operators and owners in a panel discussi... Read More

Countrywide Bank Surviving Mortgage Meltdown Fri, Sep 14, 2007 California based lender Countrywide Financial has challenging times ahead amid the skyrocketing default rate in subprime mortgages. The lender announced late last week it would eliminate up to 12,000 jobs nationwide or 20% of its work force in ord... Read More

"The Best of the Best" Lake Mary Living Wed, Sep 12, 2007 Why do so many families desire to live in Lake Mary? According to Money Magazine, the most "family-friendly" places are smaller cities with the combination of economy and community. Many cities made the list, but very few made on the top of the lis... Read More

Reasons You Should Professionally Stage Your Home Wed, Sep 12, 2007 1.       YOU WILL MAKE MORE MONEY    U.S. Housing and Urban Development reports that a staged house sells, on average, 17% higher than a non-staged house. 2.      YOUR HOUSE WILL SELL FASTER  The New York Village Voice reported that the average nu... Read More

Upgrades That Add to the Value of Your Home Mon, Sep 10, 2007 Here is a list of upgrades that you can make to your home that won't break the bank but will add great value. If you focus your resources in the right areas, these little chang... Read More

Fed Urges Loan Holders to Aviod Default Fri, Sep 07, 2007 September 7, 2007.  The Federal Reserve in addition to banking regulators issued special guidelines urging loan servicing companies to work with borrowers currently in danger of defaulting on their home mortgages. The new guidance which is not man... Read More

Seminole County Schools Rank In Nation's Top 100 by Money Magazine! Tue, Sep 04, 2007 Seminole County ranks every Seminole high school in top 3% of schools in the country!  Seminole County schools have great schools.  For over 16 years Sandy Robinson has served on the school board, making the hard decision- never once sacificing waht ... Read More

Fed Chairman Ben Bernake speaks about the housing market Sat, Sep 01, 2007  News recently hit the market stating that existing home sales slipped 0.2% in July to an annual rate of 5.75 million units, compared to an expected rate of 5.70 million. This was the slowest pace of home sales since November 2002. Existing home ... Read More

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