Topic Summary: Did you know that the average U.S. home spends $2,175 on utility costs per year? That’s over $180 per month! A recent survey indicated that 86% of consumers wanted to know average energy costs they would have to pay before they move into a new home. What follows are some resources that will […]
Green Gifting Ideas That Save Year Round
If you are not into giving a neck tie or gift cards this year, think about these two nifty presents. First up- what $50 investment can you make that can possibly pay you back in one month? Investigate a programmable thermostat! For home owners it’s hard to save money on energy costs if you don’t […]
S.1944 A bill to create jobs
Washington Watch- Going Down To The Wire Update: Last week it looked like the extension of the payroll tax cut from 2011 was sure to pass Congress. It’s worth about $1000-$1500 to the average taxpayer. Now there are competing bills and the usual beltway bickering back and forth as to who is on the side […]
First-Time Buyers Tax Credit Advance Loan Program
MHDC Rolls Out Innovative New Program For First-Time Homebuyers Starting January 2009, Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC) will have a new product to enable first-time homebuyers to take advantage of the $7,500 federal first-time homebuyer tax credit. This program is the first of its kind in the nation. The federal first-time homebuyer tax credit was […]
Buying Power for First-Time Homebuyers
If you are in the market or considering a purchasing your first home you should consider the economic factors and market conditions. Forecasters are telling us that mortgage rates will continue to fall slightly before stabilizing. We hear regularly that the housing market is at or near the bottom and a turn around is likely […]
Housing Market Ready to Rebound?
Daily Real Estate News | February 25, 2008 Is housing about to enjoy a spring thaw or will it remain in the deep freeze? Some observers are optimistic. “I think this is the best buyer’s market that has existed in a decade, maybe longer,” says Russell Shaw, in his 30th year with John Hall & […]
The truth about whether a home is a good investment.
From Blanche Evans Realty Times 2008. It’s high time we told buyers (and sellers, for that matter) the truth about whether a home is a good investment. Despite what Wall Street wants you to believe, owning a home isn’t the same kind of investment as stocks or bonds. What you get is a USE asset […]