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Wednesday, April 28, 2010
About a fifth of all IRS examinations done by mail in the past six months were for people claiming the credit, National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson told a congressional committee Thursday -- the filing deadline for individual tax returns. The audits mean big delays in getting refunds -- as much as five months -- just as Congress and the Obama administration hope that tax refunds will spur economic growth and the homebuyer tax credit will improve the housing market. Read more.......
Posted by dawnmitchell at 4/28/2010 7:16:00 PM
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
The following are some questions that will help you decide whether you?re ready for a home that?s larger or in a more desirable location than your current one. If you answer yes to most of the questions, it?s a sign that you may be ready to move. Have you built substantial equity in your current home? Look at your annual mortgage statement or call your lender to find out. Usually, you don?t build up much equity in the first few years of your mortgage, as monthly payments are mostly interest, but if you?ve owned your home for five or more years, you may have significant, unrealized gains. Has your income or financial situation improved? If you?re making more money, you may be able to afford higher mortgage payments and cover the costs of moving. Have you outgrown your neighborhood??????????????????? read more
Posted by dawnmitchell at 4/21/2010 6:12:00 PM
Buying a home is perhaps the most arduous, expensive and, ultimately, valuable acquisition you'll ever complete Just one mistake could mean disaster -- perhaps the worst mistake you'll ever make. In order to avoid titanic trip ups during such a trying transaction, buyers should get to know the most common home buying blunders. To know them is to avoid them. ?Going solo: Buying a house is a complex transaction. It should be a team effort. You'll need a REALTOR?, lender, inspector, insurer, perhaps a lawyer, and other team members to help you through each step of the way. Team build before you start the search. ?Love at first sight: If you believe in fairy tales you probably shouldn't be buying a home. You won't live happily ever after if you emote your way through the home buying process. Your home should fit your real needs, not your yen for drama. Buy a home that fits your budget and your lifestyle........... read more
Posted by dawnmitchell at 4/21/2010 6:05:00 PM
Monday, April 5, 2010
Join us out at Pine Tree Village in Boise this Saturday, April 10, 2010  from 12 PM to 4 PM. We will be celebrating our Phase 1 Close-out with only 8 homes left to sell. We will have great deals on pricing, as well as incentives that make your new home purchase at Pine Tree Village an unbeatable value.

We will be serving up free BBQ, touring our fully-furnished models and you can enter to win a brand new Limited Edition Super Scooter to get you around town.

And don’t forget that if you buy now, you still have time to take advantage of the first time home buyer tax credit of $8,000 or the $6,500 tax credit for move up buyers. Get details on our website at
www.PineTreeVillage-Boise.com
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So join is this Saturday from 12 PM to 4 PM. We are located right off of Maple Grove, just North of the freeway.
Posted by Ryan Kerfoot at 4/5/2010 7:39:00 PM
Monday, March 29, 2010
Overview of Home Affordability Modification Guidelines Loans must have originated on or before January 1, 2009. Mortgages must be for a single-family residence with a loan balance no greater than $729,750. Loans can only be modified once beginning March 4, 2009 through December 31, 2012. Home cannot be vacant or condemned and must be a primary residence?not investor owned. Interest rate can be lowered to as low as 2 per cent and the term of the mortgage can be extended to a maximum of 40 years in order to maximize the reduction in loan payment. Borrowers will need to provide an "affidavit of financial hardship", their most recent tax return, and two recent pay stubs. Service providers will be required to follow a sequence of steps that modify the loan in order to reduce the monthly loan payment to no more than 31% of gross monthly income. Homeowners who make their payments on time are eligible for up to $1,000 of principal reduction payments each year for up to five years. For more information read:
Posted by dawnmitchell at 3/29/2010 5:47:00 PM
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