Sunday, September 27, 2009

Fabulous New Listing for First-Time Buyers! Kernersville Under 150K!!

Check out this great new listing at 431 Overbrook Meadow Court, Kernersville. Click on the link for 21 photo tour, specs and community info! Priced to sell at $145,000!!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Mondays = Heart Attacks!...Courtesy of my 3rd Grader!

1-A human being loses an average of 40-100 strands of hair a day.
2-A cough releases an explosive charge of air that moves at speeds up to 60 mph.
3-Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie!
4-A sneeze can exceed the speed of 100 mph.
5-According to German researchers, the risk of a heart attack is higher on Monday than any other day of the week!
6-After spending hours working at a computer display, look at a blank piece of white paper. It will probably appear pink.
7-An average human scalp has 100,000 hairs.
8-If the average man never trimmed his beard, it would grow to nearly 30 feet long in his lifetime.
9-By age sixty, most people have lost half of their taste buds.
10-Humans shed about 600,00 particles of skin every hour or 1.5 pounds a year. By age 70 the average person will have lost 105 pounds of skin.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Popping Up Everywhere...It's That Season!

It's that time again and yet it seems like just last Fall! I bet most of you haven't even noticed--not yet, anyway! A few smatterings of election signs have been popping up around the community. This year is a little slow to start given the fact that there are no major state or national elections to bring folks to the polls. Interestingly enough, it is the local decisions that have just as great an impact on your day to day life. Local elected officials decide the following:
*Property Tax Rates
*Schools, Road Maintenance, Police & Fire
*Trash and Recycling
*Car Tax/Fees
*Stormwater Fees
*Parks and Recreation-parks, trails, sidewalks, etc.
*Local Zoning--Not In My Backyard Issues
The list goes on and on...So, the moral of the story is that it is VERY important to take this time of year seriously and really make sure you know what the candidates REALLY stand for. Investigate how they stand on various issues...ASK THEM-READ THE NEWSPAPER, ATTEND THE CHAMBER HOSTED DEBATE, ETC...

All of the incumbents voting records are available online for you to review. Just because a candidate talks a certain way, has a sign that you like, runs in the same groups you do or looks a certain way, doesn't mean that they vote or represent you the way you would like.

PAY ATTENTION! This is a very easy thing to do and it could mean NEW JOBS, NEW BUSINESS, LOWER TAXES, BETTER ROADS depending on your vision for our community. If you need help finding any of this information or would like to talk further about local issues affecting our town/area, please feel free to post a question, email me or call...

**As stated before this information can be found on the Town of Kernersville's which has recently been re-vamped to be user-friendly. The site looks great and is easy to navigate! Other county and communities info can also usually be found on their corresponding websites--**

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Kernersville STILL Qualifies for USDA 100% Financing!!

For those buyers out there who thought that the 100% financing was "gone with the wind"--think again! Kernersville still qualifies for USDA Government financing because of the rural status attached to it during the previous census. As the upcoming census gets underway, this opportunity could very well be limited, especially since the population projections put us outside of the definition of "rural". Price limits are based on income and number of dependant individuals in the home. Take advantage NOW if you are looking for a new home as Kernersville is one of very few areas in Forsyth county that qualify. If you are not working with an agent and want to talk about this program and how to find out if you are qualified, please give me a call or shoot me an email and I can put you in front of LOCAL KERNERSVILLE lenders who offer this program.

Thinking About Selling?--Wanna know if your home qualifies for USDA financing?--Contact me and I can help you to move forward capitalizing on this unique and limited program through marketing and positioning.

Just Curious? I have included a link, courtesy of LuAnn Davis at WR Starkey that allows you to search addresses to see if a particular property qualifies. Happy House Hunting!


Thursday, September 03, 2009


-This just in from Allen Tate mortgage! For all of you sitting on the fence regarding purchasing a home or for those of you waiting for prices to fall and great interest rates...NOW IS THE TIME! Keep in mind my previous blog posts regarding how much prices would have to fall as compared to interest rates going up as it relates to your monthly payment. For those of you who may not have seen that post, you can reference it or the basic premise is: Prices can dip another 15-20% but if the interest rates crept up 1% your payment would be the same! Take advantage of these awesome rates coupled with great pricing and inventory.

Give me a call or email and let's talk about what is out there...First-time buyers---Time is especially of the essence for you really need to be under contract in the next couple of weeks to take full advantage of inventory, condition of homes and not be bottle-necked in the last few weeks of November, while lenders are under the gun to close everyone out during Thanksgiving week!

Per Allen Tate's mortgage consultant Jennifer Tuttle:

Here is some valuable information for you. RATES ARE GREAT!!! See below for a list of Allen Tate Mortgage Rates and Programs. Rates are very low….at their lowest in several weeks. Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can be of assistance to your buyers. I would love the opportunity J

Conventional 4.875% Conventional 5/1 LIBOR ARM 3.750% This is NOT a typo…..Holy COW!!
FHA 5.125%
VA 5.125%
Jumbo 5.750% 90% LTV Most banks or other lending institutions are capped at 80 – 85%LTV on Jumbo loans

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

First Time Buyers Beware....Deadlines and Short Sales....

As I have said before, I have several first-time buyers looking to close before the November 30 deadline. These folks have to be closed by this date in order to take advantage of the $8000 tax credit, unless it is extended. At this point, no one I am working with is taking the risk that it will.

Therefore, everyone is scrambling to find the perfect home, in their price range and condition. That being said, a good deal of buyers are finding homes that meet their needs, have prices that work for their budget, but as a result of varying circumstances, are in a short sale situation. Short sale, meaning that the seller has the home listed for less than they need to clear out the mortgages and other cost incurred by selling the home...hoping that the bank will take less for the home, rather than allow the home to go into foreclosure. This process can take quite some time. Which is why I blog today...

I am making a prediction that all of the buyers that are currently waiting on responses from banks regarding short sales are on the cusp of failing to meet their deadline to close. If solid responses are not gotten in the next few weeks, there is going to be a mad dash for those remaining properties (most of them being under $150,000) that are not short sales. Good for those new constructions and for other existing sellers, but not so good for the buyer. This is going to place them in a situation that we have not seen in quite some time...multiple offers. This does not give the buyer as much flexibility in price and terms if they are competing with other buyers just as anxious to cash in on the tax credit.

My advice is to get with your Realtor or get with a Realtor (preferably me) and discuss your options and strategy for the next month, so that you don't get bottle-necked into the end of November, which also coincides with Thanksgiving. As a buyer's representative, we are also including language to protect the buyer in the event this does happen.

Great time to buy, but buyers need to use their heads and make sure that they have all of the information available in order to expedite an uneventful and pleasurable buying experience!