From the monthly archives:

May 2009

First Time Home Buyer Tips

by Rodney Forbes on May 30, 2009

With all the talk of first time home buyers, tax credits, low interest rates, low home prices, etc., many people are asking if it’s time for them to make the move and finally buy. With uncertainty in the economy and housing market, it’s smart to ask some important questions as to whether it’s really time […]

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First Time Buyers….Read This!

by Rodney Forbes on May 30, 2009

If you’re a first time home buyer you need to read this. I’ve been predicting for some time now the federal government would allow the First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit to be applied for up front costs. The Federal Housing Administration rolled out details of its policy Friday that will let first-time home buyers […]

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Meet the Pushy Realtor

by Rodney Forbes on May 22, 2009

Hopefully you never have to meet this guy! We can do better. If you are interested in buying or selling a home in the Palm Beach County area, specifically Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter and West Palm Beach, please visit my Forbes Realty website. For frequently updated information on foreclosures, short sales, real estate news and […]

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Banks getting the short sale message finally!

by Rodney Forbes on May 22, 2009

  The following excerpt from an article in the Press-Enterprise is welcome news for people who have been trying to facilitate short sale transactions. Whether it’s the buy, seller or Realtors involved, short sales have a bad reputation when it comes to getting the sale complete. I guess the banks are finally stating to realize […]

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Pending Home Sales Continue to Increase

by Rodney Forbes on May 21, 2009

This video from the National Association of Realtors highlights the continuing increase in pending sales for the US. In the real estate industry this index is seen as a leading index of the market to come WARNING: Videos with economists are not full of special effects and sexual content! But they are informative. Just get […]

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In a story that continues to go back and forth, it seems first time home buyers will be able to use the $8,000 federal tax credit for up front costs including down payment. Until now the tax credit could only be claimed when filing taxes. The tax credit has been partially responsible for a rise […]

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Mother’s Day Salute to Fallen Heroes

by Rodney Forbes on May 9, 2009

On Mother’s Day we always give thanks to the person in our lives that always seemed to give so much and always asked for so little in return (Thanks Mom!). What we probably don’t think of are the people who can no longer say “Happy Mother’s Day” that died protecting their moms, family and country. […]

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Get Your $8,000 Federal Tax Credit This Year

by Rodney Forbes on May 8, 2009

The popular First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit of 2009 has a slightly interesting twist that most people don’t know about. Even though the credit is for homes purchased by December 1, 2009, the tax credit can be claimed on your 2008 tax return! This is a great incentive for those still sitting on the […]

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This is the daily south Florida market update. Today’s update is for West Palm Beach. Market activity has really picked up due to record low interest rates, home prices at 2003-2004 levels and the efforts by the federal and state governments to get first time home buyers to make the move. Short sales and distress, […]

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Get Your Home Sold Faster with Home Staging

by Rodney Forbes on May 7, 2009

Good video about the benefits of using home staging to get a home sold faster. You can either hire the professional home stager or read up on home staging tips if you want to do it yourself. If you are interested in buying or selling a home in the Palm Beach County area, specifically Palm […]

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