Buying a Home

Oct. 16, 2018

Open House Three Oaks

Welcome to one of the most desirable and convenient areas of south Fort Myers, Islands at Three Oaks. Soon as you walk through the front door, standing in the foyer you will notice the rustic shiplap on the feature wall and the straight thru view to the newer installed pool ...

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Dec. 26, 2017

Fla.’s home sales, listings, median prices up in Nov.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Dec. 20, 2017 – Florida’s housing market continued its positive track in November, with more closed sales, more new listings, more pending sales and rising median prices according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 19,990 last month ...

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Dec. 18, 2017

Housing and mortgage trends to watch for in 2018

WASHINGTON – Dec. 15, 2017 – The housing picture is likely to improve in 2018. Why? Home prices are expected to climb, but not as fast.

Plus, more houses could be for sale toward the end of the year, giving homebuyers a greater selection to choose from, while homeowners will ...

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Dec. 15, 2017

U.S. 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage rate slips to 3.93%

 

WASHINGTON (AP) – Dec. 14, 2017 – The rate on 30-year fixed-rate U.S. mortgages slipped to 3.93 percent this week.

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the benchmark 30-year home loan rate was down from 3.94 percent last week and 4.16 percent a year ...

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Dec. 6, 2017

Want to raise your FICO credit score? Pay off bills

NEW YORK – Dec. 5, 2017 – A credit score can have a big impact on a person's ability to buy a house. A low score can put a kink in finalizing a loan agreement. Consequently, homebuyers need to know their credit scores and how to raise them before ...

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Dec. 4, 2017

IRS wants to know: Is that a second home or vacation home?

ORLANDO, Fla. – Dec. 4, 2017 – If vacation has been so much fun that you don't want it to end, a second home might be for you. Think carefully about all the issues surrounding owning a second home, however, because there can be major financial implications.

Investment property ...

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Dec. 1, 2017

U.S. consumer confidence improved again

NEW YORK – Nov. 30, 2017 – Consumer confidence, which had improved in October, increased even more in November.

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index now stands at 129.5 (1985=100), up from 126.2 in October. The Present Situation Index increased from 152.0 to 153.9, while ...

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Nov. 28, 2017

USF: What do buyers dislike about a neighborhood?

MIAMI – Nov. 27, 2017 – The 2017 Sunshine State Survey from the University of South Florida asked respondents to judge the livability of their own neighborhood and what would deter someone from moving in. It also asked them to predict what the neighborhood will be like in five years ...

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Nov. 22, 2017

More vets, military members using VA loans for homes

WASHINGTON – Nov. 21, 2017 – For most of his life, Marrio Pearson gave little thought to being a homeowner. If the 45-year-old U.S. Army veteran thought about it at all, he found plenty of reasons why it was a bad idea. He thought he was too old to ...

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Nov. 13, 2017

Study: Homes more affordable now than 20 years ago

NEW YORK – Nov. 13, 2017 – Homes are actually more affordable now than they were in the late 1990s, according to the latest Mortgage Monitor Report by Black Knight Inc., a mortgage data and performance information provider.

Interest rates have declined 40 basis points over the past six months ...

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