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Why Do I Have To Pay My Closing Costs By Wire Transfer?

March 20, 2013

In the past title companies and attorneys would accept cashiers checks for the closing funds.  Those days have gone thanks to some very creative counterfeiters who have been able to make excellent fake cashier’s checks.  These counterfeit checks have been found in many areas including some scams in Naples Florida and are even used internationally. […]

No Fiscal Cliff For The Mortgage Forgiveness Act

March 18, 2013

As part of the legislation to prevent the fiscal cliff, the House and Senate recently passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. Items Covered under the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 The Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act: This is now extended until January 1, 2014.  This bill was first passed in 2007 to […]

You Might Be Cocooning If…

March 15, 2013

“Everybody is nervous, really nervous.  I think we are looking for protection.  Almost like the Jetsons, we want to walk around in  a little bubble.  We are moving toward that.”  So says Faith Popcorn who coined the phrase “cocooning” in 1981 and now feels there is a new level of super-cocooning. Cocooning in the 1980s […]

8 Ongoing Expenses to Budget for New Home Owners

March 13, 2013

You have decided to purchase your dream home and are planning your budget for the first year.  There are 8 major expenses that you need to make sure are included in your figures so there are no surprises at the end of the year! 8 Major Expenses to Consider Principal, interest, taxes and insurance – […]

10 Things a Home Inspector Looks For

March 11, 2013

As a buyer of a new home, it is always a good idea to contract with a home inspection professional to conduct an inspection of the property before closing.  Many buyers are not sure what the inspector is looking for or the benefits of having a home inspection done.  The inspection is similar to getting […]

A Good Time to Sell According to Fannie Mae and 1003 Americans

March 8, 2013

In January 2013 Fannie Mae released their National Housing Survey results.  This is the most detailed consumer attitude survey of its kind and surveyed 1003 Americans by live telephone interviews. What Were the 1003 Consumers Asked Their Opinion On? owning or renting a home home and rental price changes home ownership distress the economy household […]

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Naples Florida

March 6, 2013

May the luck of the Irish be you while you enjoy the festivities on March 16th, 2013.  This is the 25th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and, as usual, it is held in downtown Naples.  It is now the largest privately funded parade in the US. The St Patrick’s Day Parade The flag rising ceremony […]

4 Major Expenses of a New Home Purchase.

March 4, 2013

You have decided now is the time to jump into the real estate market in Naples Florida.  That is a great decision as the market is improving and prices are rising.  However, there are some major one time expenses that you should consider when budgeting the costs of moving from that rental home to a […]