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By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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If you own kitchen knives, you better keep them honed. That's because a dull knife blade not only slows you down in the kitchen, but it can be more dangerous than its ready-to-cut counterpart, too. In this brief, 2-minute video, you'll learn how to use a knife steel to keep your kitchen cutlery in top form. Among the tips.........   Read the COMPLETE BLOG POST HERE: How To Keep Your Kitchen Knives Sharp  
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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As the federal home buyer tax credit nears its April 30 end-date, there's a lot of would-be home buyers in Longwood still working to get under contract. A piece of advice for all of them : If your pre-qualification and/or pre-approval letter is more than 8 weeks old, it would be prudent to have your lender "re-pre-approve" you.  Mortgage guidelines have........   Read the COMPLETE BLOG POST HERE: It's Time To Re-Approve Your Pre-Approval      
By Marc Grossman, GRI, Greater Orlando Real Estate Broker
(Marc It Sold!)
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The following are the market sales statistics for Altamonte Springs, Seminole County, Florida for March 2010.  Altamonte Springs is made up of the zip codes of 32701 & 32714.  For purposes of this analysis we are only splitting the data according to single-family homes vs, condominiums, townhomes and villas. A couple of definitions are in order.  The median sales price means that 50% of the homes sold for more and 50% of the homes sold for less during a certain period of time - in other words, it's the midpoint of sale prices.  So basically what this means, is that the median sales price is showing market activity in that it's specifically indicating which price range is more active. The average sales price, as opposed to the median sales price, is the total volume of sold properties d...
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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Taxes are due April 15 and if you're among the millions of Americans who wait until the last week to file, here's a video interview that could help you reduce your federal tax liability.  Originally broadcast by NBC's The Today Show, the 4-minute piece reviews various tax credits and deductions, plus some recent tax law changes.  A few of..........   Read the COMPLETE BLOG POST HERE: Don't Leave Tax Credits On The Table (And How To Get Them Back If You Already Filed)    
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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Mortgage markets improved yesterday after the Federal Reserve released its March 16, 2010 meeting minutes. It's good news for in Orlando home buyers and rate shoppers -- rates could have just as easily gone the other way. The Fed Minutes is a detailed recap of the debate and discussion that shapes the nation's monetary policy. The notes are dense; it takes 3 weeks to compile them for publication. As compared to the more well-known, post-meeting press release, the Fed Minutes are..........   Read the COMPLETE BLOG POST HERE: The March Fed Minutes Explains Why Home Sales Weren't Worse This Winter  
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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As expected, the Pending Home Sales shot higher in February, boosted by the federal home buyer tax credit's April 30 deadline. Versus the month prior, February's index rose 8 percent but remains well off the highs set last October. For today's home buyers and seller, the Pending Home Sales Index is an important measurement. This is because......   Read the COMPLETE BLOG POST HERE: Pending Home Sales Soar In February, As Expected. Buyers Are Everywhere.    
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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    Baja California was hit by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake Sunday, a tremor felt as far away as Yuma, Arizona. Rhode Island dealing with massive flooding. Winter storms are pounding the Rockies. It all reminds us that natural disaster can strike anywhere, at anytime.  You can't stop Mother Nature, so your best defense is........   Read the COMPLETE BLLOG POST HERE: Worried About Natural Disasters? Here's How To Protect Your Household.      
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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Please forgive any typos - the buttons on...... Read the COMPLETE BLOG POST HERE: Hanging w @debbiesummers at Starbucks talking about @mhsmalley      
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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Standard & Poors released its Case-Shiller Index Wednesday. The report shows that, on a seasonally-adjusted basis, between December and January, home prices rose in more than half of the index's tracked markets. The strength of this month's Case-Shiller report, however, should be put in context. For one, the report is on a...........   Read the COMPLETE BLOG POST HERE: Case-Shiller Shows Home Price Improvement In A Majority Of Cities Nationwide    
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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Starting Monday, April 5, 2010, getting an FHA mortgage in Longwood and nationwide will be more expensive for borrowers. In new guidelines set forth earlier this year, the FHA announced plans to raise additional revenue and reduce the overall risk of its mortgage portfolio.  The changes include...........   Read the COMPLETE BLOG POST HERE: Get Your FHA Mortgage Application Started -- Fees Increase 1/2 Percent Starting Monday, April 5, 2010      
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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For fans of "edge" pieces, this brownie pan from Baker's Edge is a cookware best-seller and for good reason. It's built strong and bakes double-edged, extra chewy brownies to perfection inside and out. Made from heavy-gauge cast aluminum, the Brownie Edge Pan is a continuous baking chamber that channels heat to all pan parts equally.  The result is a more..........   Read the COMPLETE BLOG POST HERE: The Baker's Edge Nonstick Brownie Edge Pan Makes Perfect, Double-Edged Brownies  
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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Home values fell again in January, according to the Federal Home Finance Agency's Home Price Index. Values were reported down 0.6 percent, on average. We say "on average" because the Home Price Index is a national report. It doesn't capture the essence of a local market like Markham Woods Road , or even a city market like Longwood. The most granular that the monthly Home Price Index gets is....... Read the COMPLETE BLOG POST HERE: The Home Price Index Shows Home Values Lower Broadly, But Not Specifically      
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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  April 15 is Tax Day and the IRS estimates that the average U.S. household will receive a $2,800 tax refund this year.  If you're among the Americans expecting a refund, this 4-minute piece from NBC's The Today Show may be helpful. It's a talk about how to........   Read the COMPLETE BLOG POST HERE: The Average Household Will Get $2,800 In Tax Refunds. Will You?  
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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As expected, Existing Home Sales fell in February, slipping 30,000 units versus January's numbers. It's the 4th straight month in which Existing Home Sales were lower, month-over-month. An "existing" home is one that is previously owned and lived-in (i.e. not new construction). Existing Home Sales peaked in November 2009, just as the First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit was set to expire. Immediately thereafter, according to...........   Read the COMPLETE BLOG POST HERE: Existing Home Sales Flatten And Point To A Much Better Spring      
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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CNNMoney.com recently published its 2010 forecast and projections for home prices in the country's largest metro markets.  Listed as "Top 25" and also comprehensively by state, CNNMoney.com's home price forecasts puts Santa Rosa, California at the top of 2010's home appreciation list and............   Read the COMPLETE BLOG POST HERE: CNNMoney.com Predicts The Best And Worst Real Estate Markets For 2010  
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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Spring is here and Lake Mary homeowners are starting their respective Spring Cleaning rituals. In some households, Spring Cleaning is best tackled in a single weekend filled with rubber gloves, ratty clothes, and sweat. In other homes, it's a less serious undertaking.  Either way, to clean a home from top-to-bottom, you need to......   Read the COMPLETE BLOG POST HERE: Do Your Spring Cleaning Like Martha Stewart    
By Rob Arnold, Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F
(Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc.)
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The housing statistics for February 2010 have been released by the Orlando Regional Realtor Association.  Here is a link to the detailed numbers. Below is the breakdown. The stats are for Orange County & Seminole County, including the cities of Apopka, Ocoee, Maitland, Winter Park, Orlando, Altamonte Springs, Longwood, Lake Mary, Sanford, Casselberry, and Oviedo Florida.                  Inventory    New Pendings   Under Contract     Expired    Withdrawn    Closed    Days on Market Feb 2009       22,168        2434                 4348                   1134          1488           1322          100 Dec 2009       15,549        2984                 8163                    1419           916           2410           89 Jan 2010       15,911        3579                 8590               ...
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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Homes are more affordable in Heathrow and across the nation as the housing market emerges from a slow winter season with mortgage rates still near 5 percent. Soft housing and low rates are an excellent combination for home buyers but whereas home values rise with a gradual pace, mortgage rates change in an instant.  It's something worth watching. Each 0.25% increase to conventional or FHA rates adds approximately $16 per month for each $100,000 borrowed. Mortgage rate volatility can change.......   Read the COMPLETE BLOG POST HERE: For Clues About The Future Of Mortgage Rates, Watch For Inflation    
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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Single-family Housing Starts idled last month, dropping just 3,000 units from the month prior, or 0.2%. According to the Commerce Department's report, February marked the 8th straight month in which Housing Starts straddled the half-million marker, dating back to June 2009. This is a different slant on the Housing Starts story as told by the press. Most publications are reporting that Housing Starts fell 5.9 percent in February. Technically, this is true.  Housing Starts did fall 5.9 percent last month.  However, the Housing Starts data is............   Read the COMPLETE BLOG P OST HERE: Single-Family Housing Starts Hold Steady For The 8th Straight Month  
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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Today, the Federal Open Market Committee voted 9-to-1 to leave the Fed Funds Rate unchanged, in its target range of 0.000-0.250 percent. In its press release, the FOMC noted that the U.S. economy "has continued to strengthen" and that the jobs markets "is stabilizing".  It also said that business spending has "has risen significantly". This is a slight departure from the Fed's January statement in which.....   Read the COMPLETE BLOG POST HERE: A Simple Explanation Of The Federal Reserve Statement (March 16, 2010 Edition)  

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