Like they say, there’s good news and there’s bad news.
Realtors and brokers won’t come out unscathed from the federal government shutdown, as a report from the National Association of Realtors shows. If you’ve got a closing coming up, best be prepared to have some hiccups.
More on the Oklahoma Tornados (Written With One Foot In My Tornado Closet…) and How We Can Help Our Friends/Family in OK
Thanks, Joanna, for posting about the importance of storm shelters. There are a lot of bomb shelters around town — one right next door to me — constructed during the atomic war threats we lived with during the 1960′s when I was a kid. They make great tornado shelters. We had regular bomb drills to cover our heads and get under our desks when I was a kid. Or we’d pile into the inner hallways, arms and head folded against the kid in front of us.
Girl Power: More Women Are Buying Real Estate Before They Put a Ring On It To The Tune of $72 Billion
Sure, it’s easier to buy a home when you have a spouse. Dual income households tend to be a no-brainer to some mortgage lenders. But that hasn’t kept all the single ladies from becoming independent women with homes of their own and, of course, bills, bills, bills.
This is pretty cool to those of us obsessed with second or vacation homes. Which is, like all of us. Everyone knows that the Hamptons is the vacation home playground of Manhattan — or it is? Actually, yes. A cool blog called PropertyShark did all this research to find that 35 percent of Hamptons vacation homes are owned by Manhattanites, who have poured $20.8 BILLION into homes here, paying $100 million in property taxes. Overseas buyers own only about 100 vacation homes in the area, with three quarters of those owners hailing from Britain.
Everything’s Bigger In Texas: Hair, Homes and Now CLOSING COSTS????? Thanks, Of Course, To Washington, D.C.
According to Bankrate.com’s recently announced 2011 Closing Costs Survey, Texas once again has the second-highest closing costs in the country, behind of all places, New York – ouch! While the nationwide average is $4,070 (up nearly 9% from last year), Texans pay $4,944 on average. This is the fifth year in a row we’ve had the dubious honor of being #2. I chatted recently with Marcus McCue, SVP of Guardian Mortgage Company about why our closing costs are so high and what, if anything, can be done about it.
Vacation homes are now hotter to lease out than hotel rooms! All the deets over on SecondShelters.com, our sister blog (sista sista!).
This REO is a Doozie: Talk About Strategic Default, the Former Homeowner Even Went to West Point – Dallas Real Estate News
Not totally local Dallas Real Estate news, but the house IS on Mockingbird Lane — in Paradise Valley, Arizona. Paradise Valley is like the Highland Park — no wait, make that Vaquero — of Phoenix. Paradise Valley is in Maricopa County, home to twelve resorts, and one of Arizona’s top tourist destinations. Very pricey dirt: the median home price is about $2.74, many homes exceeding $10 million, some over $40 million. So when there is a foreclosure there, people drop their fingernail files.
Used to be, you could sink money into your home almost endlessly and rest assured it would come back to you, maybe even at a profit, when you sold. Buyers often have little vision to see how great a home can look, how it can change with new paint or minor renovation. So many agents advise sellers to have homes looking perfect, as if they were ready for a shelter magazine photo shoot. Perfect walls, floors, everything. Many sellers think they can create the rooms of their dreams and recoup the cost upon selling.
Furthering the discussion on whether the credit agencies are using a flawed algorithm to determine our mortgage future, this comment from Dallas bankruptcy attorney Reed Allmand, Allmand Law, deserves its own post. Most homeowners who are underwater on their mortgages got there through home equity loans that Allmand says were used to retire the same type of debt you find on credit cards. And that is what got so very many people into a financial mess. Me, I remember Texas when you could not borrow one dime against your home to protect the homestead:
Now That He’s Running For President, Let’s Take a Look at Rick Perry’s Real Estate Deals in the Texas Version of Pebble Beach
I was in Pebble Beach last week, and everyone in California kept asking me about Rick Perry. He is the California Republicans’ hero because of our strong Texas economy. In fact today, I think he’s leading in the polls. While in Cali, I recalled a story I wrote last summer about Perry’s real estate deals, a story which is bound to crop up. It all began with this article in The Dallas Morning News about a real estate flip. Or how “a series of professional courtesies and favors helped Perry buy a lot at the toney Peninsula at Horseshoe Bay, the “Pebble Beach” of Texas, for $139,000 below market value and sell it for $350,000 above market value.” Bloomberg coughed up much of the same stuff last week.