For What Its Worth

Aug. 2, 2008

Why Buy Today?

On a previous post about buyers just caring about the price, someone from Mesa, AZ left the following comment and questions:

My husband and I just made an offer on a bank owned home in Mesa, AZ. We are first time home buyers. The house needs no work at all ...

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Dec. 3, 2007

Buyers Just Want Price

You think?

From Bloomberg:

"Buyers just want price,'' says Mike Morgan, a Stuart, Florida-based lawyer, real-estate broker and consultant who researches property markets for hedge funds and financial institutions. "Buyers have become educated and they can easily cut through the fluffy incentives.'' 

"On one $429,000 home a client ...

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Nov. 25, 2007

San Diego Foreclosure Bargains - Fact or Fiction?

The most common "I want a killer deal" inquiry I get are from those looking for foreclosure property in San Diego - at 50 cents on the dollar. After all, it is a buyer market, sellers are desperate, and foreclosures almost out number real estate agents right?

Well... not quite. But ...

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Nov. 11, 2007

San Diego Property Taxes - It's That Time of Year

Lest we forget, November 1st marks the date the first installment of property taxes are due. The dates tend to confuse many property owners, so below is some basic information about taxes for real property in San Diego County.

DATES TO REMEMBER:

July 1 - Beginning of fiscal year
January 1 ...
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Nov. 6, 2007

Citi to California Home Buyers: Just Say No

Times, they are a changin' in the California mortgage business.

Last week we had Bank of America notify 7,000 mortgage brokers that their services will no longer be needed after New Years Eve, only to have Citi take it one step further on Halloween and tell California home buyers ...

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Oct. 30, 2007

California Tax Refunds For Fire Victims

Immediate tax relief in the form of tax refunds is available to victims of the wildfires in the seven Southern California Counties of San Diego, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, and Riverside, The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) announced.

One of the relief measures put forth by the ...

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Oct. 29, 2007

Bank of America To Cut Off Mortgage Brokers

Ken Lewis, CEO of Bank of America, the nation’s second-largest bank, announced on Friday that it will shut down its consumer real estate division and its wholesale lending unit, which offers residential mortgages through over 7,000 independent brokers, at the end of the year.  

The move signals a ...

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Sept. 26, 2007

Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief On The Fast Track

Someone lit a fire under Rep. Charles "Charlie" Rangel, which is good news for the San Diego real estate market in general, and many homeowners trying to determine the lesser of two evils, foreclosure or a short sale and the tax liability which goes with it.

Earlier today, the House ...

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Sept. 26, 2007

Short Sale Overview Short-circuited by Realtor Trade Group

The other day I wrote a post about a short sale as a viable solution. The subject has been bandied about as an alternate solution for a homeowner who may be faced with losing the home to foreclosure. It has become the agent listing tool de jour. However, it is ...

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Sept. 26, 2007

Short Sale Tax Relief Introduced in Congress

 

Rep. Charles "Charlie" Rangel , Democrat from New York and Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, today introduced  H.R. 3648 to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude discharges of indebtedness on principal residences from gross income, and for other purposes.

Currently the tax code ...

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