In the summer of 2009, my husband and I decided that we wanted to purchase a vacation property in Florida. We thought we wanted to buy a townhouse on a golf course. We contacted Michael Bruder to be our Realtor. Michael spent endless hours previewing properties for us. On the first day we arrived in Florida, Michael showed us 10 or 12 townhouses on golf courses. As the day progressed, we realized that maybe a townhouse on a golf course was not exactly what we wanted. After a long and tiring day of showing properties, Michael went back to the office and made appointments for the following day to show us a great variety of town homes at or near the beach. We were ready to make an offer on one of the town homes in Juno, but we wanted to see a few high rises on the beach. Michael once again set up appointments for day number 3. Ultimately we ended up purchasing a 2 bedroom beach front condo in a high rise on Singer Island. Michael worked very hard for us. He is extremely professional and patient. He is knowledgeable about the market. He is also has a very easy-going personality which makes looking at properties fun and enjoyable. I highly recommend Michael Bruder as a Realtor.
It was more than a pleasure working with Mike. I found Mike while strolling through properties on the internet and it was the best thing that could have happened for me. The previous Realtor and I did not work very well together so we had to part ways; but luckly the stars lined up and allowed me to cross paths with Mike (a God send). He was very patient with me, very helpful, knowledgeable, and accommodating. This was the best first time home buying experience that anyone could imagine.
Thanks for all of your help Mike :>)
FHA revises 'anti-flipping' rule
The agency once again will provide mortgage insurance for some purchases where the seller closed on the property less than 90 days earlier. The objective is to speed up sales of renovated houses.
Reporting from Washington - Call it three birds with one stone: The federal government hopes simultaneously to help low-down-payment home buyers, investors who fix up foreclosures, and local communities burdened with too many bank-owned and foreclosed homes -- all with one potentially far-reaching policy change. READ ALL
More than three years into a painful housing crash, the real estate market has sent recent—albeit tentative—signs of stabilization. Home sales have increased, inventory levels are down, and price declines have become less precipitous. Along with more affordable home prices and a tax perk from Uncle Sam, attractive mortgage rates—which remained below 5 percent as of late November—have been a driving force behind this development. The availability of low mortgage rates will play a decisive role in the performance of the 2010 housing market as well. To help consumers better understand the requirements and costs they will face as they shop for a home loan next year, U.S. News spoke with a handful of housing market experts and compiled a list of 10 things to know about getting a mortgage in 2010. Read Full Article
First-Time Homebuyer Credit Extended to April 30, 2010; Some Current Homeowners Now Also Qualify
WASHINGTON — A new law that went into effect Nov. 6 extends the first-time homebuyer credit five months and expands the eligibility requirements for purchasers.
The Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 extends the deadline for qualifying home purchases from Nov. 30, 2009, to April 30, 2010. Additionally, if a buyer enters into a binding contract by April 30, 2010, the buyer has until June 30, 2010, to settle on the purchase. Read Full Article
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