Stacey's Smart Real Estate Blog

Real Estate Agent - McCarthy Real Estate - PA# RS294585
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It's hard to keep up with the technology. I want a video blog, but haven't worked up to it yet. Here is an old post I try to keep updated for a KW class. It all started with MySpace. From there I got invited to ActiveRain. I resisted for quite some time before joining, but I am glad I finally did...
The basics of the first-time buyer tax credit before they were revised in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. If you bought your first home last year after April 9, 2009 you are eligible for the lesser of $7500 or 10% of your purchase price in the form of a tax "credit." You can not have ...
At last! the much anticipated changes to the the first-time homebuyer tax credit are in. The most noticable difference from the last $7500 tax credit is that it does not require repayment if the house is not sold within 3 years. Beginning January 1, 2009 until December 1, 2009 first-time homebuye...
              Smart Girls Own Real Estate Workshop Head 2 Toe Salon and Spa is hosting monthly real estate workshops. Attendees will learn the ins and outs of home financing and first-time buyer grants, plus the advantages and pitfalls of owning their own home. In addition, attendees will receive...
Q: There is a home for sale on my block in Castor Gardens that says it's a "short sale," and my son would like to buy it. Does that mean it will be a fast settlement, and can my son offer less than the owner is asking? A: Selling a home through a "short sale" means that the homeowner owes more on...
I recently applied for a job as Real Estate Editor for an online women's magazine. The editor did not think a Realtor would be a good hire for the job and is looking elsewhere. The editor asked me a couple very thought provoking questions and I thought it would be great to blog the question and a...
Parkwood Year-End Home Sale Report for 2008The average sold price was $189,000 in 2008We are currently back down to 2005 prices in value. 2006 and 2007 were an all time high for Parkwood.In 2008 home values dropped 3.5% from 2007, which was the highest average sold prices of all time at $196,000....
Don't Even Think About It We have had a Holiday present from the government. Yes, the Federal Reserve Board has lowered short term rates close to zero.  Yes, the government continues to facilitate the lowering of rates on mortgages by declaring their intention to support the markets for mortgage...
This gem in Hidden Valley must be seen! 3 bedroom 2.5 bath townhome with NO assocation dues! Spacious and open floorplan with formal dining room, oversized kitchen area, finished basement, yard with patio, and plenty of storage. Main bedroom with newly remodeled bath, also remodeled hall bath. Ve...
Hi Gang, I have been getting bombarded with calls about rate, everybody telling me the rates are 4.5%, I heard it on TV, and one guy told me that he heard rates were 3.5% and that banks are charging other banks 0% to borrower money. Yeah, charging 0% - he also just bought a stock in Hong Kong on ...

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