Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Atlanta Housing Authority(AHA) has increased its Capitol Gateway down payment assistance from $20,000 to $30,000….. for a limited time only! Beginning immediately(10/26/10), until 12/31/10…. this $30,000 dpa incentive is available to qualified buyers. All Capitol Gateway Program requirements still apply.This program can be layered with the ADA Programs and can give you a possible total savings of up $70,000 FREE!!Call me for details.404.732.2656

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Hot Of The Press!!!! The Atlanta Development Authority has been awarded an additional $25 Million in Down payment Assistance to help First Time Homebuyer as well as move up buyers to assist them in purchasing a home in the City of Atlanta. Did you know that the law still defines a first-time homebuyer as someone who has not owned a primary residence for three years prior to the date of purchasing their new home. Exisiting New Construction single family homes,townhomes, condominiums, and manufactured housing with a maximum purchase price of $252,890. All Properties must be in the City of Atlanta Contact us at 404-732-2656

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tax Incentives Benefit Younger Households
by Carla Hill

Younger Americans may now have added incentive to enter the housing market. New research reported by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) shows that certain mortgage tax deductions may decline with age, and thus favor the younger set of the nation, specifically those aged 18 to 45.

Recently released Statistics of Income (SOI) data from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) shows, according to the NAHB, that "the descriptive statistics ... demonstrate that the housing-related tax deductions, the mortgage interest and real estate tax deductions, strongly benefit younger households who tend to be recent homebuyers with larger mortgage debt."

These findings could affect how tax codes changes are proposed in coming years, as an ailing housing market needs first-time and Generation Y homebuyers to enter the market.

"Opponents falsely argue that the [mortgage interest] deduction is only for the wealthy but it is clear that the mortgage interest deduction is also of great value to younger homeowners," said Robert Dietz, Assistant Vice President for Tax and Policy Issues for NAHB. "Any tampering with this deduction would have a disproportionate impact, as a share of household income, on younger homeowners who have relatively higher mortgage interest payments. These are households who have growing demand for homeownership due to marriages and children."

According to the research, the average mortgage interest deduction was highest for the 35 to 45 age group, and then declined with age. Those under the age of 35 had the second largest deductions, at around $12,000 average.

The same trend is seen for mortgage insurance deductions. NAHB research shows "as is expected, the largest shares for this deduction, associated with homebuyers with less than 20% of the home price as a downpayment, are for those aged 18 to 45."

These tax advantages, along with more affordable pricing and historically low interest rates are even more reason that new buyers should consider entering the market at this time.

Published: October 13, 2010

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Options for Investors

Not only is it the perfect time to buy a home, but it’s also an excellent time to purchase an investment property. If you already own and are not interested in moving – or you can’t because of the 3-year occupancy requirement to keep your home buyer tax credit – but still want to take advantage of the market, investing can be a great way to do so.

In the current lending situation, lenders often require investor buyers to have six months reserves of mortgage payments and a 25% down payment. This stipulation keeps many would-be investors out of the market.

Here are some little known tips to help investors purchase, regardless of the tighter lending environment:

1. Investors can purchase a Fannie Mae HomePath investment for 3% down.
2. Any investor, not just veterans, can purchase a Veterans Affairs(VA) foreclosure with VA’s Vendee Financing for 5% down.
3. Investors purchasing a VA foreclosure with Vendee Financing can use 75% of anticipated rent to offset the monthly payment if the investor has experience managing rental properties.

Sources: The Wall Street Journal, Inman News, KW Research

Like a car dealership at the end of its model year, Fannie Mae is offering special incentives exclusively for owner occupants that purchase property from its sizable inventory of foreclosures, also known as HomePath properties.

Owner occupants that purchase a Fannie Mae HomePath property by December 31 will receive up to 3.5% toward closing costs and a home warranty. These incentives for foreclosures are unheard of – banks typically sell foreclosures “as-is” without incentives, warranties, or repairs. This could help buyers to view a HomePath property more like a traditional sale, not a foreclosure, during their search process.

Owners and investors can purchase HomePath properties for 3% down and no mortgage insurance. For homes that are not in tip-top shape, Fannie Mae also offers the HomePath Renovation financing, which works similarly to FHA’s 203(k) mortgage by allowing the cost of light renovation to be included in the mortgage. Furthermore, owner occupants get a 15-day “first dibs” on HomePath properties through the First Look program.

Fannie Mae is also offering agents an additional $1500 for representing owner occupants who purchase these properties, helping to compensate them for the extra paperwork and other potential obstacles that come along with foreclosure transactions.

Buyers should be sure to take a second look at Fannie Mae’s HomePath properties before settling on “the one.” It could mean not just a great deal but an excellent one.

To see Fannie Mae’s HomePath homes, check out

Market Update

The housing market continues its slow recovery without the aid of the now expired tax credit. Sales are slower but growing, and prices remain on par with last year’s levels. Interest rates also hit a new historic low, a major factor in helping keep mortgage payments low, which is expected to spur sales.

The economy shone a bit brighter in September. It grew faster during the second quarter than expected, and companies continued to hire. Experts believe there is now less risk of a double-dip recession. Now, the Federal Reserve Board’s challenge is not if the economy will grow but how fast.

Experts anticipate both the economy and the housing market will continue their path on the way to a complete recovery. This march back up provides excellent opportunities: an ample selection of homes, affordable prices, and historically low interest rates.

Home sales began to rebound in August. This increase follows a large drop caused by the expiration of the Federal tax credit in July. Sales are expected to slowly rebound as the market finds its footing without leaning on the government for support. First-time buyers fell from 38% to 31% in August from July. Over the same time period, investors rose from 19% to 21%. Overall home prices fell slightly in August compared to July, but major markets appear to be bucking trend as the Case-Shiller Index shows an increase of 3.2%.

Distressed properties accounted for a slightly larger proportion of sales in August compared to July. The discount in distressed properties helps explain the slight decline in August prices.

Total inventory came back below 4 million to 3.98 million in August, representing 11.6 months of inventory. While still at a relatively high level, months of inventory dropped by nearly a month in August from the 12.5 month’s supply in July.

Housing remains highly affordable, and prospective home buyers stand to benefit from the lowest mortgage rates in decades, as well as advantageous home prices. The ratio now stands at 14.9%, growing closer to the record of 13.6%.
Source: National Association of Realtors

Friday, October 1, 2010

FALL Into Homeownership Month

Don't miss out on the opportunity to take part in this great event!!! I will see you on the 16th!!


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