September 19, 2013 rummy

A year ago, before the bandwagon was even built, we told you about what  we called “shadow consumers”. They are people who would want to buy;  they can comfortably afford home ownership most especially with today’s  rates. However, they have to calmly wait for their credit to improve  sufficient to get a mortgage. FHA would not give a loan until the elapse of three years from the occurrence of a foreclosure. Basically,  foreclosures and short sales will usually remain on your credit report  for seven years. Additionally, bankruptcies usually last for 10 years.  Waiting for this long can be quite…

September 6, 2013 rummy

At a recent meeting held in June, 2013 the Board decided that there will be 3% increase for a One (1) year lease term and 4% increase for a two (2) year lease term for leases renewed between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014. Please note a minimum increase of $15.00 per month for a one (1) year lease term and $20.00 per month for a two (2) year lease term will be imposed. A landlord’s failure to timely file a current apartment registration with DHCR bars the collection of any guidelines increase. If you need help filing registrations, please…

September 3, 2013 rummy

Having a great teacher in school can mean all the difference in the growth of any person from childhood to adulthood. The lessons, stories and accountability we get from teachers stays with us our entire lives. And, the better the teacher, the more profound the effect of what we learned from him/her. As school starts this year, remind your children to learn everything they can each day they are at school. Most importantly, remind them how fortunate they are to be able to go to school and have exposure to people who care about them now so they’ll have a…

August 15, 2013 rummy

The annual report I value most is the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers. This report is packed full of useful statistics for agents and brokers who are looking to educate themselves about the sales process from the perspective of the Home Buyer and Seller. It clearly shows where agents should be focusing their marketing dollars (hint: not the newspaper) and also provides important details about the Buyers and Sellers experience during the sales transaction. Here are some highlights: 90% of consumers did online research before they bought their last home. 42% of buyers found the…

August 6, 2013 rummy

New reports are revealing that the number of existing home ownerspurchasing a house is beginning to increase. Some are moving up, some are downsizing and others are making a lateral move. Another study shows that over 75% of these buyers will, in fact, be in that first category: a move-up buyer. We want to address this group of buyers in today’s blog post. There is no way for us to predict the future but we can look at what happened over the last year. Let’s look at buyers that considered moving up last year but decided to wait instead. Assume…

August 1, 2013 rummy

Imagine having the perfect tenants in your rental property. Maybe you already have them now. What we really hope is that these perfect tenants will remain perfect. To continue doing all the right things and not doing any of the wrong things. We want them to obey the lease agreement religiously, take care of the property and pay the rent on time or early. Imagine a tenant who leaves the rental better than it was found. Is this idea from the The Twilight Zone or something you can really have? Most of the time, when we actually have a tenant…

July 30, 2013 rummy

Here are three great reasons to consider buying a home today instead of waiting. 1.) Prices Will Continue to Rise The Home Price Expectation Survey polls a distinguished panel of over 100 economists, investment strategists, and housing market analysts. Their most recent report released last week projects appreciation in home values over the next five years to be between 12.3% (most pessimistic) and 32.8% (most optimistic). The bottom in home prices has come and gone. Home values will continue to appreciate for years. Waiting no longer makes any sense. 2.) Mortgage Interest Rates Are Increasing As reported by Freddie Mac,…

July 19, 2013 rummy

Good Neighbor Next Door (GNND) is the new name for an old program. Most of you may know it as Teacher Next Door or Officer Next Door. In 2005 the program was changed to include firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMTs). Highlights: • Specifically for designated HUD homes in revitalization areas • $100 down • 50% discount (provided by HUD as “silent second”) • “Silent second” released after buyer occupies as primary residence for 36 months • Active Duty Military Deployment is not considered an occupancy violation • All equity/profit is buyer’s after initial 36-month period • HUD doesn’t pay…