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Short Sale Myths and Facts…Part 2

by Rodney Forbes on July 1, 2009

The topic of short sales and foreclosures seem to dominate the headlines everywhere. There has been a lot written about short sales and whether you should or shouldn’t short sale your home if you’re in this situation. This has led to many misconceptions about short selling your home. This series is about the myths regarding […]

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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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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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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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More biotech jobs moving to Palm Beach Gardens

by Rodney Forbes on May 1, 2009

The following article shows the benefits to the local economy of having the Scripps Florida facility. My guess is more biotech firms will continue to relocate to Palm Beach Gardens. This is great news for the county and the real estate market as well. Palm Beach Gardens is getting a new bioscience company that is […]

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Flash! First Time Home Buyers Get $8000 Today

by Rodney Forbes on April 30, 2009

The following article from the Wall Street Journal has me scratching my head. By now, most people know about the $8,000 first time home buyer tax credit (contact me to see if you may qualify). What shocked me is that evidently the IRS is allowing people to claim the tax credit, yes $8,000 in your […]

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Worst is over for real estate?

by Rodney Forbes on April 30, 2009

After deteriorating relentlessly for nearly three years, the much-watched S&P/Case-Shiller Index showed a brief glimmer that plummeting home prices are at least slowing their fall. Prices are still plunging: Home prices in 20 major cities across the country have fallen 18.6% between February of this year and last, according to the index released Tuesday. That […]

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Slowing recession good for real estate market

by Rodney Forbes on April 30, 2009

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday said it see signs the recession may be easing, but warned that the economy is likely to remain weak. Against that backdrop, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and his colleagues left a key interest rate at a record low of between zero and 0.25 percent, and decided against taking any new […]

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Clark Howard Buying = Real Estate Market Bottom!

by Rodney Forbes on April 14, 2009

Embedded video from CNN Video This video is a great example of what bargains are out there for home buyers, especially first time home buyers. Foreclosures and short sales make up the majority of pending home sales in the Palm Beach Gardens and the Palm Beach County area. I bought my first home in the […]

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