From the monthly archives:

June 2009

Another Boost to Florida Real Estate

by Rodney Forbes on June 30, 2009

Starting July 1st, qualified first time home buyers will be able to use the federal tax credit of up to $8000 as part of their up front costs for buying a home. Until now the tax credit could only be received after the buyers had closed on the home, and then filed their taxes. This […]

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$8000 Home Buyer Tax Credit Explained

by Rodney Forbes on June 30, 2009

I get asked questions every day about the $8,000 First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit. Who qualifies, what’s the income limit, when do I get the money, what can I use it for. The following article excerpt explains most of the details pretty well. According to Keystone Custom Homes, first-time buyers need to be aware […]

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Down Payment Assistance Nobody Knows About

by Rodney Forbes on June 29, 2009

With the real estate market in south Florida still trying to recover, so much attention has been given to the $8000 First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit. It certainly has helped with getting many buyers off the fence to take advantage of affordable home prices and low interest rates. So much attention has been given […]

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Short Sale Myths and Facts…Part 1

by Rodney Forbes on June 3, 2009

As real estate values have dropped over the last couple of years, drastically in some places, thousands of home owners have found themselves either upside down on their mortgage, unable to afford their payments, or both. The topic of short sales and foreclosures seem to dominate the headlines everywhere. There has been a lot written […]

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Mortgage Crisis Spreads to “Safe Borrowers”

by Rodney Forbes on June 2, 2009

Until now most people considered the problem with foreclosures and short sales to be limited to certain areas and mostly “sub-prime” loans. With layoffs and bankruptcy in big companies like the auto industry, the mortgage problem is spreading to (up ’till now) safe borrowers. The mortgage crisis is spreading and hitting new heights: Borrowers with […]

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Falling Property Values Could Mean Tax Hikes

by Rodney Forbes on June 1, 2009

Just when you thought it was difficult enough to deal with falling real estate property values for the last couple of years, now the local governments are having to figure what to do about the fall in tax revenues from property taxes. Palm Beach County’s property values plummeted about 13.5 percent this year, creating a […]

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