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July 2012 Newsletter

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July 2012 FHA rescinds strict credit restrictions    Is the national housing market recovery finally here?

Florida's Emerald Coast Real Estate Heating Up

Emerald Coast Association Of Realtors

Northwest Florida residential real estate numbers "spring" forward in April 2012. Detached Single Family Properties post positive changes over April 2011 numbers... Read More

Positive Signs in the Housing Market


One of the signs of market recovery is the rise in The Pending Home Sales Index, a tool that measures the number of signed real estate contracts on existing homes. The index rose 4.1 percent in March to 101.4, reflecting an increase in the number of pending home sales. In comparison, the index is currently 12.8 percent higher than a year ago, when it sat at 89.9. If these pending home sales make it through to closing, it will bring down inventory across the country and bring balance to the real estate market... Read More

5 Tips for Exterior Painting


Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert for the Paint Quality Institute, says that if your house paint is near the end of its life expectancy, you're taking a chance by postponing repainting. It doesn't take long for exposed wood to begin to rot, and other types of exteriors also suffer when the paint wears off. Wait too long and you may have to make repairs before starting to paint.

1. Paint when it's warm.
Exterior latex paint forms the most durable, protective finish when the weather is mild. "It's always best to do exterior painting when the temperature is above 50 degrees F., but not too hot," says Zimmer... Read More

Simple Solutions to Common Landscaping Issues

Courtesy of ARA Content

There's one in every neighborhood - the house with the bright green grass, perfectly trimmed shrubs and flowers in full bloom. As you look at your own lawn, plagued with weeds and sparse patches, you wonder how your neighbor is able to achieve such a beautiful outdoor space. The secret isn't in how much time or money can be invested, but rather taking the right steps at the right time to eliminate lawn and garden problems... Read More

Things You Must Know When Buying a Short Sale


A short sale at its best can be a way to pick up a great property at a bargain price. Unfortunately, not all short sales are worth the time and trouble. New regulations, which apply to the five largest banks, make short sales quicker and somewhat more transparent. This is not a panacea, however.

Not every short sale is a bargain.
A short sale simply means the seller is trying to sell the property for less than the outstanding mortgage balance. If the seller paid too much, the price could be way too high—especially if the property needs a lot of work... Read More

4 Steps to Getting a Quality Home Inspection


1. Ask to see the home inspector's credentials.
Home inspectors should always have a copy of their license, and some type of experience or references on them. Going with an established company that has a website and other ads is a good idea. Companies that have been around for a while tend to be more efficient and reliable. Don't settle for any inspector, feel free to shop around until you find the one that is best for you.

2. Get the checklist ahead of time.
If you have a checklist to look over, you can go through and decide if you would like any other areas of the home inspected that are not included on the list. There is nothing wrong with asking your home inspector to look over an additional part of the home if you find that it is not on the checklist.

3. Perform your own inspection first.
Just like reviewing the inspector's checklist beforehand, performing your own mini inspection can help ease your mind. When you go through your potential new home and perform your own inspection, you can pick out problems that you notice and jot them down on paper to ask about later. Even though you cannot do a thorough inspection, you can often notice small issues that could be signs of larger scale problems... Read More

Agata Grudzinski & Shelley Smith, 4039 E. County Highway 30A , Santa Rosa Beach FL 32459
The material in this publication is provided for your informational purpose only and is not intended to substitute professional advice. If your property is currently listed with a Real Estate Broker, this publication is not intended as a solicitation.

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