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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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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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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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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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Rodney Forbes with his daily market update for the south Florida real estate market. Today’s report is on Palm Beach Gardens for May 5, 2009. Information on homes for sale as well as activity and foreclosure/short sale numbers. If you are interested in buying or selling a home in the Palm Beach County area, specifically […]

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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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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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