Keeping It Real Estate!

The final count down…..ins and outs of the FTHB tax credit


It seems I get asked the same question three times a day from my clients and sphere. “Do you think the first time home buyers credit will be extended yet again”?I honestly don’t think so. After the first credit was launched I heard whispers and gossip regarding an extension and I just knew from the bottom of my heart it would be extended. And it was. Not only extended but expanded to include move up buyers! It was amazing- but expensive and I am unsure that it will happen again. A first time home buyer credit “hat trick” is highly unlikely.What that means is that home buyers have until April 30th to get under contract. You don’t have to close by April 30th, but you HAVE to be under contract and close by June.I am also betting that rates will soon rise. If you have been sitting on the fence for some time, unsure of when the best time to purchase […]

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Here, there, everywhere… everywhere a short-short!!


I hate to admit is but…. short sales can really suck…. big time! I am hoping and praying for the day that there is one smooth process and not only will agents be able to process them efficiently, but our poor buyers will know if they are actually going to get the home after waiting for an answer for 3- 6 months. I sat in on a great panel and one of the agents stated that she only accepts one offer, does all of her research and has the cooperating agent instruct the buyer to deposit the EMD (earnest money) into escrow. I LOVE this idea. It eases the buyers mind and lets them know that there is a higher possibility of getting what they want in the end. The wait doesn’t seem so long when you know its worth it.¬†Last month, I submitted 3 strong offers on shorts only to have them fall apart in the end. If I […]

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You’re never too old to learn


This week I had my first opportunity to attend Keller Williams Family Reunion. It was an amazing experience. I put it on my list of additional education this year not knowing what to expect. Not only did I gt to experience all of what New Orleans has to offer, I was able to attend some fantastic classes. I checked out a listing presentation class, a top producer class, a mega agent panel as well as a very informative short sale and foreclosure panel. I was able to come home with new knowledge that will enable me to greater assist my clients! For more information regarding family reunion and the Keller Williams culture click the link below: http://familyreunion.kw.com/ I’ll see you next year

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