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Deadline for Filing Your 2018 Florida Homestead Exemption is Coming Soon!
Deadline for Filing Your 2018 Florida Homestead Exemption is Coming Soon! Tue, Feb 20, 2018 Where do I file for Homestead Exemption? State law allows Florida homeowners to claim up to a $50,000 Homestead Exemption on their primary residence. The first $25,000 of this exemption applies to all taxing authorities. The second $25,000 excludes ... Read More

Freddie Mac States Interest Rates at 3.75%
Freddie Mac States Interest Rates at 3.75% Mon, Mar 09, 2015 Mortgage-interest rates fell for the first time in four weeks.  Freddie Mac's survey shows lenders offering conventional 30 year fixed rate loans at an average of 3.75%.  This figure is down from 3.8% a week ago.  A downward revision ... Read More

U.S Dollar Strong Thu, Feb 05, 2015 The US dollar continued its strong end to 2014 by gaining over 6 cents against the pound and almost 9 cents against the euro in January. Meanwhile, the Bank of Canada unexpectedly cut interest rates from 1.00% to 0.75%, putting more pressure on the ... Read More

Real Estate Provisions in 'Fiscal Cliff' Bill Fri, Jan 04, 2013 WASHINGTON - Jan. 2, 2013 - Yesterday, the House and Senate passed H.R. 8, legislation to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff." Following are real estate-related provisions of the bill, which President Obama plans to sign into law today:• Mortgage... Read More

Urge Lawmakers to Keep Mortgage Interest Deduction Mon, Dec 17, 2012   As you’re probably aware, the current discussions in Washington, D.C., regarding the “fiscal cliff” involve the possible elimination of many itemized deductions, including the Mortgage Interest Deduction. Eliminating this ... Read More

Getting a conventional mortgage loan - Are you qualified enough to take it out? Sat, Nov 12, 2011 If you're in the market to buy a new house, you must be looking for the best mortgage loan that can assist you in realizing your dream. After the S&P downgraded the pristine credit rating of the US and cut it off to AA+, this decision has made th... Read More

What's Going On With Mortgage Rates? Tue, Jan 18, 2011 The Fallout From QE2 After reaching the lowest levels in decades, mortgage rates have shot higher over the past two weeks. There is not a simple explanation for why this happened, but looking at the many factors which are influencing mortgage rates ... Read More

Florida VA Loan Programs Mon, Jun 21, 2010 A guest post from Robert of VAMortgageCenter.com: Veterans and their families in the Sunshine State have access to one of the most flexible and affordable home loan programs on the market. VA loans offer those who have served a unique opportunity ... Read More

Seminole County Property Appraisals Reduced Thu, Oct 15, 2009 The Seminole County Property Appraiser ahs adjusted the Just/Market Value for homes in Heathrow.  This information can be found at the Appraiser website:  www.scpafl.org  Once on the site click:  Record Search, then:  Ye... Read More

Foreclosures On Fire! Tue, May 13, 2008 Fears of recession along with nationwide housing foreclosures have pushed some homeowners to take drastic and illegal measures. Looking to cash in on thier insurance policy rather than face foreclosure some folks have committed arson to avoid losing ... Read More

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