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Entries from June 29th, 2010

Inmates Received the $8,000 First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit!

June 29th, 2010 · No Comments · buying a home, first time buyer, homebuyer, tax credit

My client sent an article to me from USA TODAY that is very interesting information about the $8,000 first time buyer tax credit and it’s just really discerning and pathetic actually. In the article it stated that the IRS tracked thousands of fraud cases and is seeking tighter control. Apparently, nearly 1,300 prison inmates, including 241 […]

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Top 10 Desired Home Features and 9 Ways to Improve a Home’s Curb Appeal

June 24th, 2010 · No Comments · buying a home, first time buyer, home for sale, home seller, homebuyer, real estate, selling a home

Based on a recent survey, the following are the top 10 most desired home features and the percentage of respondents who ranked the feature as high priority: 1. Garage or parking space: 86.8 percent. 2. Master suite: 78.9 percent. 3. Ample storage space: 72 percent. 4. Large or walk-in closets: 66.5 percent. 5. Guest bedroom: […]

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Senate Approves Bill to Extend First Time Buyer $8000 Tax Credit

June 17th, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Good news for first time buyers that went into contract before April 30th and have not closed escrow yet. The Senate just passed a bill to extend the date to September 30th. The bill just needs House approval. This is especally good for first time buyers in short sale transactions that take months to close.

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If All Home Sales Could Be Like This One!

June 10th, 2010 · No Comments · bay area, buying a home, homebuyer, real estate, san jose home

I wish all home sales could be like this one, but then I guess my job would be too easy. This home sale in San Jose was a repeat client and this was our 4th transaction together! This buyer paid all cash for the home, closed escrow in 6 days, bought the home in ‘as is’ condition, and with […]

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The So-Called “Approved Short Sale” That Was Not So Approved in San Jose

June 3rd, 2010 · No Comments · bay area, buying a home, condo homeowner, condo/townhome, first time buyer, homebuyer, real estate, san jose home, short sale

I just sold this condo in San Jose that was a short sale. For this transaction, all I can say is…Wow, what a draining experience for all parties involved. All parties are just so glad this deal has closed. This client is just the sweetest, young first time buyer and in this price range, the competition […]

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