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March 2009 Blog Archive

First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit Wed, Mar 25, 2009 In its efforts to stimulate the economy and revive the housing market, Congress has enacted legislation providing a tax credit of up to $8,000 for first-time home buyers. Time is of the essence for buyers who want to take advantage of this opportu... Read More

2009 FHA Mortgage Limits Wed, Mar 25, 2009 As a result of the enactment of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA), HUD released the new 2009 FHA Mortgage limits for 2009. These limits went into effect Feb 25, 2009. For more information or to get pre-qualified for a loan contact ... Read More

Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac - Increase Fees as of April 1st Sun, Mar 08, 2009 As of April 1st 2009 Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will be increasing their fees  making it harder for those wishing to purchase a home. The following is an article written by Kenneth R. Harney on the drastic changes coming. -------------------------... Read More

Orlando Business Journal on Record-Breaking Deal Sat, Mar 07, 2009 Orlando Business Journal Recognizes Karen Arbutine’s Record-Breaking Deal Residential and commercial real estate in Central Florida slowed considerably in 2008, as the effects of the credit crunch and sour economy trickled down to developers, cont... Read More

Re/MAX | Globally Connected Marketing Center Fri, Mar 06, 2009 Connecting Buyers & Sellers Worldwide RE/MAX is dedicated to expanding is global marketing to remotes parts of the world giving you more visibility and endless possibilities. Karen Arbutine a leading RE/MAX real estate professional, ut... Read More

Florida Public Auctions: What You Should Know Thu, Mar 05, 2009 Tough economic times bring opportunities for those that have extra capital to invest in real estate. Those looking for a real estate bargain in Orlando, Florida should consider buying a house through a Florida Public Auction.Purchasing a home through... Read More

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