Buyers

Jan. 17, 2019

Time is Almost Up!

Time is almost up! If you purchased a home in Florida in 2018, you have until March 1, 2019 to file your Homestead Exemption. The links below will guide you to your county's website. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me: 813-321-HOME (4663)

Hillsborough:  ...

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Feb. 20, 2018

Time is Almost Up to File for Your 2017 Homestead Exemption!

If you purchased a home in Florida in 2017 and occupy that home, you may qualify for a Homestead Exemption. This exemption could result in a savings of hundreds of dollars annually on your taxes. However, the deadline is quickly approaching - END OF BUSINESS DAY, MARCH 1, 2018.

If ...

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Feb. 7, 2018

Is it Less Expensive to Buy than Rent in Tampa Bay?

The struggle is real. Do you buy a home right now, or continue to rent? While there are many misconceptions about why a person thinks they should continue to rent - transient job status, inability to maintain a property, afraid to “take a risk” etc. - the overwhelming evidence shows it is ...

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Nov. 13, 2017

Thinking About Buying? Know Your Credit Score

Knowing your credit score or getting a recent copy of your credit report is one of the first steps that you can take toward knowing how ready you are to start the home buying process.

Make sure all the information listed on your report is accurate and work to correct ...

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Oct. 31, 2017

Buying a Home in Tampa Bay Can Be Scary... Unless You Know the Facts!

Some Highlights:

Many potential homebuyers believe that they need a 20% down payment and a 780 FICO® score to qualify to buy a home, which stops many of them from even trying! Here are some facts:

 

  • 40% of millennials who purchased homes this year have put down less than ...
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Oct. 21, 2017

Millionaire to Millennials: Buy a Home Now!

 

In a CNBC article, self-made millionaire David Bach explained that “the single biggest mistake millennials are making” is not purchasing a home because buying real estate is “an escalator to wealth.”

 

Bach went on to explain:

 

“If millennials don’t buy a home, their chances of actually ...

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Oct. 13, 2017

4 Reasons to Buy a Home This Fall!

 

Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today, instead of waiting.

1. Prices Will Continue to Rise

CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index reports that home prices have appreciated by 6.7% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to ...

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Oct. 5, 2017

Top 5 Reasons Why Millennials Choose to Buy [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights:

  • “The majority of millennials said they consider owning a home more sensible than renting for both financial and lifestyle reasons — including control of living space, flexibility in future decisions, privacy and security, and living in a nice home.”
  • The top reason millennials choose to buy is ...
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Oct. 3, 2017

Should I Buy a Home Now? Or Wait Until Next Year? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights:

  • The Cost of Waiting to Buy is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices & interest rates were to increase over a period of time.
  • Freddie Mac predicts interest rates to rise to 4.4% by next year.
  • CoreLogic predicts home ...
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Sept. 26, 2017

Number of Buyers Putting Down Less Than 10% Hits 7-Year High

According to Black Knight Financial Service’s Mortgage Monitor Report, 1.5 million Americans have purchased a home with down payments under than 10% over the last 12 months. This is great news for buyers as this marks a 7-year high.

Many mortgage programs offered by agencies like Freddie Mac ...

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