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No Downpayment Loan from USDA Rural Housing Service 502 Direct Loan program

USDA and the Rural Housing Service (RHS) has available funds in its Section 502 Direct Loan Program that must be used by September 30, 2015 for buyers that want to live away from the city.  The Washington DC field office reported : “As of August 13, 2015, RHS has enough to fund approximately 2,500 additional home loans.”   

This is a loan for buyers in Non city areas- “rural areas” whose adjusted income does not exceed 80 percent of the area median. There is no down payment requirement and the interest rate are really low. Areas like Warren County, Culpeper,  Orange County, Page County, Rappahanock County, Front Royal and Linden, Virginia should  qualify for this program. Some parts of Fauquier County Catlett, Warrenton and Marshall may qualify. Rural parts of Maryland Counties may also qualify such as North Western Montgomery County, Brunswick to Middletown and Parts of Carroll County, MD.

This is a direct loan program that is different then the Guaranteed loan program. You must apply thru an RHS field office and not thru a mortgage lender for the Direct Loan.  Loan funds may be used to purchase existing homes, to build, repair, renovate or relocate a home, or to purchase and prepare sites, including providing water and sewage facilities.

Contact me if you are interested you have until the end of September 2015 to get started, Contact me and I can help you get started thru a Rural Housing field office lender and check to see if you meet the income criteria.  GreatDCMetroHomes.com

Washington DC Open Doors Down Payment Assistance Program for District of Columbia

Do you like to Make or Save Money? Do you currently live in or plan to move to Washington D.C., District of Columbia?

If the answer is yes and you make under $123,395 you may 

be able to qualify for Home Buying Down Payment assistance.

This is basically like finding FREE Money !!!!! DC Open Doors

Down Payment Assistance Program (DPAL)  is your answer.

This program and funding is available to both first time home buyers and repeat home buyers.  DCHFA defines, “First time home buyer’ means you have not owned your primary residence for the last 3 years. If you currently own your primary residence, you can still apply for $0 Down. Your current home must be sold and settled prior to closing on your $0 Down home.

According to DCHFA, “They know your biggest obstacle to a home purchase can be the required minimum down payment so DC Open Doors offers down payment assistance loans (DPAL) that bridge the financial gap between the purchase price of your home and your first trust mortgage loan. If you qualify, you can obtain a DPAL for the full amount of your required minimum down payment, substantially reducing your upfront out-of-pocket expense! See the two examples below.”

Currently, DC Open Doors offers its DPAL at a 0% interest rate and it is non-amortizing so you are not required to make monthly payments on it. The loan is only repayable if you sell or refinance your home, or if you no longer occupy it as your primary residence.

Home Buyers Marketing II, Inc offers real estate brokerage Services in DC, MD and VA but is not affiliated with the DC Housing Finance Agency.  This program requires a Home Ownership education class contact me to register for a class djoneshomes@gmail.com.

For more info and to search homes contact DeAndrea Dee Dee Jones thru GreatDCMetroHomes.org

First Time Buyers MCC Tax Savings introduced by VHDA

Virginia Housing Development Authority, VHDA now has a new program they are introducing.  The Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) program has been implemented to save a first-time homebuyer thousands of dollars by reducing the amount of federal income tax they owe. Take a look at the simple, animated video which explains how an MCC from VHDA works.

Next VHDA Home buying class for Northern VA is June 23rd and 34th 6-9 pm 

10629 Crestwood Dr Manassas VA 20109, Home Buyers Marketing II, inc

must attend both nights to receive VHDA Home ownership education certificate.

Must RSVP to djoneshomes@gmail.com

Free Home Buying Class for first time home buyers in Northern VA VHDA

FREE Home buying Education Classes for first time home buyers in Northern Virginia!!!!!!!!

Tues & Wed February 3 & 4 6-9pm

note: This is a 2 day class and you must attend both nights to receive a VHDA certicate of completion required for some loans. 

Location:

10629 Crestwood Dr Manassas VA 20109

Sponsored By Home Buyers Marketing II, Inc, McLean Mortgage, Heltzel Mortgage & Secure Home Inspections

Come learn about the buying process from beginning to end. There will be a loan officer, a real estate agent, and a home inspector, on hand to give you valuable information and answer your questions on credit, loans, finance, and real estate contracts

If you are serious about buying a home in 2015 then this class is designed for you. Find out how to get preapproved to buy, how to make an offer, and what to expect in the closing process. This class meets VHDA, Sparc, Community, and many first time buyer program requirements.

Call, text, or email TODAY to RSVP, leave name and phone number and number of guest.

Must RSVP to Dee Dee Jones 703-596-5884 call, text, or email djoneshomes@gmail.com

Military Pay rises in 2015

Good news for military members. As a former military spouse I know every little bit of money helps.

According to Military.com, “The National Defense Authorization Act of 2015 includes a 1 percent across-the-board base pay raise for 2015. This means an additional $15 to $197 per month depending on rank and length of service. In addition, new rates have been set for BAH and COLA.”

If you have been waiting for a reson to use your VA loan to buy a house now you have an even one more good reason. Besides that rates are still the lowest in a decade and the VA loan process requires no downpayment for most loans.  Your new pay raise will position you to make the choice to become a home owner.  For more info on how to get prequalified contact me today and start your home sarch  here http://GreatDCMetroHomes.org

Are you Thinking about Buying or Selling VA, MD, or DC

If you are thinking about buying or selling a home in VA, MD, or DC areas. Watch the following video then start here GreatDCMetroHomes.org

Norfolk Home for sale 975 Merrimac Ave, $129900 to good to be true!

975 Merrimac Ave
NORFOLK, VA
4 2.5 bath TOTAL RENOVATION, MOVE IN READY. COME TAKE A PEEK!


4BR/2+1BA Single Family House
$129,900

Year Built 1928
Sq Footage 1,722
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 2 full, 1 partial
Floors Unspecified
Parking Unspecified
Lot Size 4,792 sqft
HOA/Maint $0 per month
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4 2.5 bath TOTAL RENOVATION, MOVE IN READY. COME TAKE A PEEK! NEW KITCHEN, NEW GORGEOUS HARDWOOD FLOORS, NEW TILE & CARPET. SIDE SUNROOM PLUS XTRA OFC/STUDY COULD BE 5TH BEDROOM. NEW MASTER BATH WITH CUSTOM TILE, LARGE YARD TO BBQ, NEUTRAL PAINT. CLOSING COST ASSISTANCE NEGOTIABLE. CLOSE TO I-264, PARK & NSU. NEW HVAC, AC, ELEC RANGE & REFRIG. TO BE INSTALLED BEFORE CLOSING. SELLER READY TO REVIEW ALL OFFERS! VA, FHA, CASH OR CONV WELCOME. REIN LB ON REAR DOOR. more photos and info at http://DJonesRealEstate.com

Property Features

Central A/C Central heat Hardwood floor
Tile floor Living room Office/Den
Dining room Breakfast nook Refrigerator
Stove/Oven Laundry area – inside Yard

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Deandrea Jones
Wainwright Real Estate
(757) 831-8294
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Chesapeake Real Estate FREE Home buying Classes for first time home buyers!

FREE Home buying Classes for first time home buyers in Hampton Roads, VA!!!!!!!!

Sat March 5th 9-3pm- LUNCH INCLUDED –
Greenbrier Library Conference Room

1214 Volvo Pkwy, Chesapeake, VA

(behind fire station and across from Rite-Aid)

Come learn about the buying process from beginning to end. There will be a loan officer, a real estate agent, a home inspector, and a title agent, on hand to give you valuable information and answer your questions.

If you are serious about buying a home in 2011 then this class is designed for you. Find out how to get preapproved to buy, how to make an offer, and what to expect in the closing process.

A pizza lunch is included!

Call, text, or email TODAY to RSVP, leave name and phone number.

Must RSVP to Dee Dee Jones 757-831-8294 call, text, or email djoneshomes@gmail.com

If you are in Hampton Roads, Southern Virginia Cities: Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Smithfield, Suffolk, Williamsburg, York County. Join the Group, http://activerain.com/groups/hamptonroads

“I can dream alone, build alone and strive alone, but true success always requires the help and support of others. Please send me your referrals.”

Visit my website today, The Hampton Roads Real Estate Lady!

Deandrea “Dee Dee” Jones djoneshomes@gmail.com

Associate Broker Wainwright Real Estate Virginia Beach, VA

Certified Real Estate Instructor Millennium School Of Real Estate

http://DJonesRealEstate.com

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Im calling out all Closet Real Estate Bloggers! Do you read post and never comment? Do you log in and never post? If you answerd yes….

You are Invited to Attend Real Estate Blogging 101, This class was written for Real Estate Professionals lenders, investors and real estate vendors.

Date: Tuesday February 22nd Time: 1pm-3pm
Cost: $20.00

Location:

Millennium School of Real Estate
4176 South Plaza Trail
Suite 217
Virginia Beach , Virginia 23452

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The purpose of this class: Is to give you a thorough understanding of What a Blog is, its origin, its benefits as a marketing tool, its formatting requirements, and information on not only how to manage and implement a blog but what and how to post so that you can decide if Blogging is something you would want to implement into your 2011 marketing plan to help you generate real estate business and help you brand your name.

I HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

Register by calling 757-436-4336 or go online to http://xtremeagenttraining.com

If you are in Hampton Roads, Southern Virginia Cities: Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Smithfield, Suffolk, Williamsburg, York County. Join the Group, http://activerain.com/groups/hamptonroads

“I can dream alone, build alone and strive alone, but true success always requires the help and support of others. Please send me your referrals.”

Visit my website today, The Hampton Roads Real Estate Lady!

Deandrea “Dee Dee” Jones djoneshomes@gmail.com

Associate Broker Wainwright Real Estate Virginia Beach, VA

Certified Real Estate Instructor Millennium School Of Real Estate

http://DJonesRealEstate.com

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I drove from Chesapeake, VA to Isle of Wight, VA yesterday and I have never seen such an abundance of for sale signs. There were signs from real estate companies I have never heard of and as I drove up and back I wondered How are these agents holding up and are they prepared for this 2011 market?

Realty Trac and H.O.M.E. Housing Opportunities made Equal put out a report on Virginia’s Evolving Foreclosure Problem. At first glance I realized the study was heavily weighted on Northern Virginia Rural vs Urban areas but as I kept reading it became clear that even Southern Virginia is not safe from this foreclosure crisis.

I have been an agent for 15 years licensed in three states and I have seen my share of up and down markets. And as the saying goes “And this to shall pass”!!!! But the question after reading this report is “WHEN and ARE YOU READY.”

The Key findings of the report are informational but slightly disturbing:

•In 2010, the largest increase in foreclosure filings occurred in rural Virginia (Do they mean Rural not big city Urban like Hampton Roads ) Rural is defined as less than 500 people per sq mile.

•Foreclosure filings eased slightly at the end of 2010, mostly because of moratoriums from large national lenders so they could sort out mortgage servicing issues.

But Without these moratoriums that were put in place, Virginia would have seen the largest number of foreclosure filings since the beginning of the Great Recession. That says a lot are they serious?

•Since 2006, there have been over 200,000 foreclosure filings in Virginia and more than 60,000 in 2010 alone. (I could tell this was a problem by the increase in REO, Bank foreclosure inventory in the MLS in 2009 to 2010.)

•Foreclosure rates in rural areas have nearly doubled since 2008, while rates in urban areas have remained fairly consistent because of moratoriums and short-sale approvals. (Rural vs Urban)

•High foreclosure volume has revealed some significant mortgage servicing issues. A survey of housing counselors has found significant servicing issues statewide. (Deed of Trust, Note, and recording issues)

•In 2009, nearly four out of every five mortgage loans were sold to an investor -the highest rate since at least 2004. Since 2004, more than sixty percent of mortgage loans have been sold to an investor within one year of origination.

-This further complicates the mortgage recordation process and may create mortgage servicing issues in the future that may lead to more faulty foreclosures.

So ok if these are the findings it is probably safe to say. That Southern Virginia sellers, buyers, agents, and the whole community is not safe from the evolving foreclosure crisis.

The report states that in 2006 and initial wave of foreclosures started because of inflated home sales. The next wave was fueled by high cost loans given to low income and minority communities. We also saw a host of exotic subprime loans, interest only, jumbos, stated income, etc.. take its toll on the market,. Now in 2011 we will face ARMs that will linger and keep resetting throughout 2011, foreclosures from the loan modifications that didn’t/t work, and a wealth of other foreclosures.

To my fellow agents are you prepared. Have you brushed up on your short sale and foreclosure skills? Can you help a buyer identify a good deal from junk inventory and what best fits their needs ie; mortgage and loan requirement, criteria, area preference, etc…..Buyers you have to live somewhere, why are you not taking advantage of the super low interest rates and abundance of good houses for sale? Agents can you tell a seller were he can go get legal advice. Agents should never give legal advice. Are you familiar with free home counseling programs such as The Virginia Association of Housing Counselors, the Center for Housing Leadership, and the handful of knowledgeable real estate attorneys that really truly work on a buyers behalf? Are you a self deemed short sale guru and or a savvy REO, bank property expert. Sellers are you ready to do what it takes to sell, Patience and Performance. And if you can’t wait do you have a plan B, C.

If you answered NO, then you should be prepared. Up into now you could avoid it rather easily. Agents often could focus on some other avenue of real estate, property management, new construction, etc… but as the report states; Foreclosures have now trickled down to every crevice and corner in Virginia. North, South, East, and West, Urban, and Rural. Rather you work with sellers or buyers you will sooner or later be affected. It is amazing if you go in to a restaurant you may over hear a conversation on a short sale or foreclosure situation, someone in your family may be or you may know someone going thru or coming out of a short sale or foreclosure situation.

If you answered yes are you prepared for what the future might hold. Are you looking ahead long term? What will happen in 5-7 years when a large part of the population will now have a history of a foreclosure or shortsales on their credit? And lenders may or may not loosen the credit criteria. Will we have to fight for ready, willing, and able buyers? What happens when the babyboomers do-ing reverse mortgages die off? How will that effect inventory? What happens when these loan modifications come to an end? Will we see even more foreclosures? I say Just be prepared for it all, But don’t put your blinders on we are in for a lot of change, its going to happen. Can you stay grounded, positive, and educated? Are you Ready?

If you are in Hampton Roads, Southern Virginia Cities: Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Smithfield, Suffolk, Williamsburg, York County. Join the Group, http://activerain.com/groups/hamptonroads

“I can dream alone, build alone and strive alone, but true success always requires the help and support of others. Please send me your referrals.”

Visit my website today, The Hampton Roads Real Estate Lady!

Deandrea “Dee Dee” Jones djoneshomes@gmail.com

Associate Broker Wainwright Real Estate Virginia Beach, VA

Certified Real Estate Instructor Millennium School Of Real Estate

http://DJonesRealEstate.com

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February Xtreme Agent and Broker Training Virginia Beach, VA (edit/delete)
Millennium has exciting news to share with you this year! If you take a qualifying class through our school, you will receive 16 hours of free CE correspondence (CE must be taken before December, 2013)!

This is our way of saying Thank You! For more details call 757.436.4336.

Upcoming Classes & Seminars For February:

Real Estate Broker Classes
Real estate agents interested in receiving their broker’s license must meet the following requirements:

· Actively engaged as full time real estate agent for 36 consecutive months (you may start taking your courses during this same 36 months).

Next Class starts Monday February 7 – March 2, 2011 – starting with everyone favorite….. Brokerage!

Course Cost: $299.00(includes all books, this is the total cost of the class. No hidden fees )

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Classroom Continuing Education

February 8th – Mandatory starting at 9:00am CE 8 hours credit
February 10th – Elective starting at 9:00am CE 8 hours credit

each class is $59.00

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Real Estate Blogging 101 for CE- continuing Education or PL – post licensing credits-

Tues Feb 22, 2011 Time:1pm – 3pm $20.00

This class is designed for Real Estate Agents and Loan Officers, That need to know how to blog for business from A to Z. You will learn how to incorporate blogging in to your marketing plan and the history, purpose, and how to’s of blogging.

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Property Management Boot Camp

Feb. 22 & 24 Time: 9am – 2pm
6 hours of CE Real Estate Elective credits
100 pages of class material
FREE lunch and beverages!
Just a few things you will walk away with:

The do’s and don’ts of tenant screening, 28 Special fees you should be earning now as additional income, Ideas to decrease vacancy and turnover, Fair Housing risk reduce, Provide Owner’s rent electronically

You will receive
Tenant Application
Your Own Management Agreement
ACH Rent Collections Form
Sample Letters to Problem Tenants
125 Page Notebook
Optional Flash Drive with all changeable forms

Cost: $199.00

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Jump Start – PL-post licensing 30 Hours (for those who need first renewal of real estate license)

The Jump Start program is designed for agents to become familiar with the basics of what to do and how to do it in their new chosen profession. This course is great for new agents but it can also be a great refresher course for those agents who want to sharpen their business practices.

· Lead Generation

· Qualifying Buyers & Sellers

· Contract Writing & Negotiating

· Listing & Buyer Presentations

· Advertising & Marketing

· Check Lists and much more

February 14 – February 22, 2011 9am – 12:00pm Cost $199

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PSI Cram for Principles and Broker classes

Feb 15th 9-3, (1.5 hour break total)

This is not a mandatory class and receives no credit, however, this is the class to help give you the basics to pass the brokers and salesperson PSI. The class goes over the basic National and State real estate definitions and laws that will appear on the PSI. The brokers PSI is very similar to the salesman’s PSI and this will give you the review on information you already knew, but don’t use daily and have long since forgotten.

Cost: $79, if you have not taken all four broker’s classes with Millennium.

Free to Millennium potential Brokers who took all 4 class at Millennium.

Principle students should call for info

All others call for info.

Book is sold separate: $40.00 for all others

To register for any class go to http://xtremeagenttraining.com or call 757-436-4336

Millennium School of Real Estate

4176 South Plaza Trail
Suite 217 Virginia Beach, VA 23452

If you are in Hampton Roads, Southern Virginia Cities: Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Smithfield, Suffolk, Williamsburg, York County. Join the Group, http://activerain.com/groups/hamptonroads

“I can dream alone, build alone and strive alone, but true success always requires the help and support of others. Please send me your referrals.”

Visit my website today, The Hampton Roads Real Estate Lady!

Deandrea “Dee Dee” Jones djoneshomes@gmail.com

Associate Broker Wainwright Real Estate Virginia Beach, VA

Certified Real Estate Instructor Millennium School Of Real Estate

http://DJonesRealEstate.com

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IF YOU’RE NEW TO ACTIVERAIN, DON’T WORRY ABOUT POINTS. (edit/delete)

As I continue to try to grow the Hampton Roads Active in the Rain Group for new-bees just joining Active Rain here is some great info to keep in mind from one of the greatest Virginia Real Estate Bloggers Ever Lenn Harley.

DO NOT WORRY ABOUT POINTS JUST BLOG……………

this info passed on by The Hampton Roads Real Estate Lady!

Via Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker, Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate):

IF YOU’RE NEW TO ACTIVERAIN, DON’T WORRY ABOUT POINTS.

HA! Easy for Lenn to say, huh??? Sure. However, it wasn’t always that way. Everyone begins at a beginning.

This post inspired by Craig Sneed’s advice to Newbies.

LENN’S ADVICE TO NEW MEMBERS ABOUT POINTS.

Ignore the folks with thousands or hundreds of thousands of points. You’re not going to overtake them unless they stop posting and so do hundreds of others.

FOCUS ON THE MEMBER JUST AHEAD OF YOU. Work hard to overtake them and then focus on the next person just ahead.

It worked for me. There were many ActiveRain members when I joined, but I overtook all of them by focusing on that one person ahead of me, one at a time.
HARD WORK WILL PAY. The time you spend on ActiveRain will provide many benefits far beyond mere points.

FEATURES? If you’re not getting featured, read the posts of members who are and learn from their ability to structure, write interesting content and perhaps add a bit of color to enhance the reader’s interest and enjoyment. Fact is, it’s up to you to present feature worthy posts. If you believe that you have published feature worthy content without features, reach out to members for advice. Sometimes just talking about a problem gives us insight to solve problems.

CONSUMERS. If your real estate related posts are PUBLIC, Gogglebot will visit and consumers may just “run into you”.

AGENTS. If you focus posts on local areas, real estate agent members may provide opportunities for referrals, incoming and outgoing.

Consumer contacts and referral opportunities are far more valuable than POINTS.

Courtesy, Lenn Harley, Broker, Homefinders.com, 800-711-7988.

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Want to learn more about Loudoun County, VA? Join Loudoun County, VA on Facebook!

If you are in Hampton Roads, Southern Virginia Cities: Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Smithfield, Suffolk, Williamsburg, York County. Join the Group, http://activerain.com/groups/hamptonroads

“I can dream alone, build alone and strive alone, but true success always requires the help and support of others. Please send me your referrals.”

Visit my website today, The Hampton Roads Real Estate Lady!

Deandrea “Dee Dee” Jones djoneshomes@gmail.com

Associate Broker Wainwright Real Estate Virginia Beach, VA

Certified Real Estate Instructor Millennium School Of Real Estate

http://DJonesRealEstate.com

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The WRONG Top ten List to be on… (edit/delete)

Wow, Lane, I am glad Virginia is not on this list but who knows what the future holds!

Read the post below passed on by The Hampton Roads Real Estate Lady!

Via Lane Bailey – REALTOR & Car Guy (Diamond Dwellings Realty):

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Yahoo News recently published an article titled “The Eight States Running Out of Homebuyers”. (I know, I said 10… they say 8, but they mentioned that Colorado and South Carolina barely missed inclusion).

Georgia ranked #6…

I’ll cut to the chase and give you the list. Check out the article for the details on each state…

1.Michigan
2.Nevada
3.Arizona
4.California
5.Illinois
6.Georgia
7.Oregon
8.Florida

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Georgia made it onto the list because of the following statistics…

•2010 Foreclosures: 3.25% (6th Worst)
•Unemployment: 10% (9th Worst)
•Decrease in Building Permits 2006-2010: -82.29% (2nd Worst)
Of course, I want to put my spin on these things…

There is no getting around the foreclosures. As a real estate agent, I see loads of them listed in the local MLS (Multiple Listing Service), as well as properties that are foreclosed, but not yet listed. I also see the properties that are on their way to foreclosure… short sales, neglected homes, etc. They are seriously impacting home values across the state.

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Unemployment is the big one. As employment increases, pressure on the housing market decreases. Simply put, buyers are reluctant to buy when they aren’t feeling secure in their employment future. There are some rumblings that could bring an improvement to the employment rate… FedEx is building a new Distribution Center in Norcross (Gwinnett County) that will be bringing a good number of jobs to the area over the next 18 months (it is scheduled to open in Sept. 2012). While the 200 people that will work in the facility will be largely from other FedEx facilities, there will be jobs from the construction of the 215,000sf facility. There may be future jobs added as well. Kia Motors has a production facility in the state that is expanding. There are other companies, large and small, that are opening or expanding operations in Georgia, as well.

The decrease in building permits is another mattehttp://activerain.com/action/blogs_admin/writer entirely. I see it as a backward looking indicator. I also see a decrease in construction starts as positive news for inventory already on the market. And in the last couple of years, we have seen the inventories decrease by half… If there is already an over-supply, more building won’t help that. And we have an oversupply.

The bottom line, for me, is that the article contains a mixed bag for Georgia. There is NO question that the market here has been damaged, but at the same time, there may be rays of hope hiding in the tunnel.

The Eight States Running Out of Homebuyers
Related articles
•The Eight States Running Out Of Homebuyers (247wallst.com)
•Gwinnett County GA Overall Market Report… November, 2010 (lanebailey.com)
•Lane’s Prognostications for 2011… (lanebailey.com)
•2011 Could Be The Worst Year In The History Of Real Estate (realestateradiousa.com)
Georgia’s Real Estate Outlook on LaneBailey.com

Unless otherwise noted, all content of this blog is the property of Lane Bailey, ©2010 Lane Bailey.

I’d love to hear from you…

If you are in Hampton Roads, Southern Virginia Cities: Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Smithfield, Suffolk, Williamsburg, York County. Join the Group, http://activerain.com/groups/hamptonroads

“I can dream alone, build alone and strive alone, but true success always requires the help and support of others. Please send me your referrals.”

Visit my website today, The Hampton Roads Real Estate Lady!

Deandrea “Dee Dee” Jones djoneshomes@gmail.com

Associate Broker Wainwright Real Estate Virginia Beach, VA

Certified Real Estate Instructor Millennium School Of Real Estate

http://DJonesRealEstate.com

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The starting of the New Year always gives us a time to reflect on the past and to set new resolutions for the coming year.

As a full time real estate professional my resolutions are as follows:

Continue enhancing my skills to better serve
my clients and customers.

Utilize my knowledge and experience to provide assistance.

Always maintain a reputation of honesty and integrity.

Dedicate and commit to being the best I can be.

Provide friendly and personalized service.

And to loose 20 pounds of course!

Should this New Year bring the desire or need to purchase or sell real estate, I sincerely hope that you will give me a call at 757-831-8294.

If you are in Hampton Roads, Southern Virginia Cities: Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Smithfield, Suffolk, Williamsburg, York County. Join the Group, http://activerain.com/groups/hamptonroads

“I can dream alone, build alone and strive alone, but true success always requires the help and support of others. Please send me your referrals.”

Visit my website today, The Hampton Roads Real Estate Lady!

Deandrea “Dee Dee” Jones djoneshomes@gmail.com

Associate Broker Wainwright Real Estate Virginia Beach, VA

Certified Real Estate Instructor Millennium School Of Real Estate

http://DJonesRealEstate.com

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Attention all Serious Hampton Roads Buyers. If you are planning to wait to buy a home until after the holidays – you might want to reconsider!

Contrary to popular belief, the holidays are actually one of the best times of the year to buy a home. This is the time of year that sees less multiple offers being submitted. This will help increase your chances of getting your offer accepted. Great inventory of low priced homes at great prices that will match your dream criteria!

Many buyers will also purchase right now to take advantage of the very low mortgage interest rates available right now that may go up come January.

By getting pre approved and starting your search now, it will give you a jump on the 2011 rat race, and if you lock in rates you will get the best deal. You will also beat the future rising sales prices as the real estate market will soon start to stabilize.

Please call or email me if you would like to set up a showing appointment or home buying consultation.

Happy Holidays,

If you are in Hampton Roads, Southern Virginia Cities: Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Smithfield, Suffolk, Williamsburg, York County. Join the Group, http://activerain.com/groups/hamptonroads

“I can dream alone, build alone and strive alone, but true success always requires the help and support of others. Please send me your referrals.”

Visit my website today, The Hampton Roads Real Estate Lady!

Deandrea “Dee Dee” Jones djoneshomes@gmail.com

Associate Broker Wainwright Real Estate Virginia Beach, VA

Certified Real Estate Instructor Millennium School Of Real Estate

http://DJonesRealEstate.com

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Why you shouldnt fall thru an Attic in Chesapeake, VA (edit/delete)
Once I was doing a final walkthru and my buyer went into the attic and came crashing completely down into the 2nd story bathroom. I vowed that day and made a mental note to never wander off the attic platform.

Today, I am bed bound with a sprained ankle and a hurt hip. What happened? I did the ultimate stupid thing. Ok first let me give you background info. Asked hubby 3 maybe even 4 times to put the Christmas decoration boxes back in the attic after I spent a day puttting up the decorations. So finally after another 6 hours went buy I asked my teenage son to do it and he did but he needed help. So I helped and everything was going quick and smooth when. I losted my balance and step one leg into the insulation and boom pop, One whole leg went thru the ceiling. Reflexes kicked in and I used my hip to stop my fall, thus the hurt hip today! So my project for today is to figure out how to fix this mess of a hole. It took all night to clean up the insulation that fell and I am lucky that my insulation does not contain fiberglass. So I googled How to patch a hole in the ceiling and Of course its best to start with the best visual research guide, YOUTUBE.

I found the following video on How to Repair a hole in plasterboard or drywall ceiling part one of 3.

Its pretty informative and good information for all homeowners! Hopefully you will not need this info one day but just in case you too decide to do the ultimate stupid thing here is help!!!!

If you are in Hampton Roads, Southern Virginia Cities: Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Smithfield, Suffolk, Williamsburg, York County. Join the Group, http://activerain.com/groups/hamptonroads

“I can dream alone, build alone and strive alone, but true success always requires the help and support of others. Please send me your referrals.”

Visit my website today, The Hampton Roads Real Estate Lady!

Deandrea “Dee Dee” Jones djoneshomes@gmail.com

Associate Broker Wainwright Real Estate Virginia Beach, VA

Certified Real Estate Instructor Millennium School Of Real Estate

http://DJonesRealEstate.com

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Hampton Roads Holiday Buyers fight Temptation at the Cash Register. (edit/delete)

Hampton Roads Holiday Home buyers do not loose your chance to close on a new home. This is great advice from loan officer Gene Mundt. And it applies to all buyers everywhere!!!!. Do not do it! Do not apply for that store credit card just to save 15% Off. Its not worth it and it will come back to haunt you. Remember your credit is checked several times during the loan approval process. Read below to educate yourself!

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Via Gene Mundt (Chicago Bancorp):

You’re out doing your holiday shopping. It’s 11:45 pm .. and you’re in that store because they have exactly what you want and have been looking for … at an unbelievable price, but only if purchased during the hours of 10 pm to midnight.

Plus, in your hand you have an additional coupon that you found at an online site. The coupon will give you a whopping and additional 10% off your purchase!

It’s your turn up at the register and you’re feeling like a California goldminer about to hit the motherlode. The clerk behind the register now utters words that will cause a meltdown in any frugal shopper’s heart …

“Would you like to open up a “fill in the blank” credit card to save an additional 10% on your purchase today”?

You can feel your heart racing. You almost feel faint. But somewhere in the back of your mind is this faint voice whispering to you. It’s your damn pesky butt-inski mortgage banker’s voice. And he’s/she’s telling you … “Don’t take out any new credit or run any more credit reports without checking with me first. It could sink your loan’s approval. Hinder or stop your loan from closing”.

Oh man … what to do? What to do? An additional 10%!

Let’s do some simple math. Let’s say what you’re going to buy is a fairly high ticket item like a television. It’s a big one and typically well over a $1000 dollars. It’s on sale for $768.00, with another $100.00 off if you purchase it during the special late-night hours.

You’ve got that covered and have whittled the cost to $668.00. Your internet discount coupon takes another 10% off the price, leaving a cost of $601.20. Tack the additional credit card offer … another 10% off … and you’re now buying the TV for $541.08! $541.08!!!

You can feel the sweat pouring down your back. But you hear that obnoxious little voice again … whispering “Don’t do it”! Do Not Do It!! Seems you might need some common sense smack talk right about now.

Do you really want to risk your beautiful home’s closing … lose the perfect home at the unbelievable price you negotiated? Do you want to throw away all the hard work and saving you have done for your home?

Is forfeiting the unbelievable amount of paperwork and documentation you had to fork over during processing what you had in mind?

You might be doing exactly that … and all for a 10% off offer that equals $60.12. Is it really worth it to you?

I am being perfectly honest when I say, “it has happened”. Because clients didn’t weigh they’re options carefully, plan their expenditures, deny themselves, didn’t believe or follow their mortgage banker’s advice, or just temporarily lost sight of their goals … the ability to close on the house they wanted and loved so much was lost. LOST!

So think very carefully this holiday shopping season about your credit and financial decisions should you be in the process of closing on a home … or thinking of buying a home in the near future. That small store credit card and small $60.12 in savings could mean a huge loss to you or your abilities to buy a home.

Don’t let this holiday season’s temptations bite you. Remember your ultimate goal. Don’t save yourself OUT of your new home …

* Work with a mortgage banker that offers you solid, sound advice based on over 35 years of successful mortgage banking experience and expertise. Contact me if you need mortgage lending advice and service. Cell: 708.921.6331. Email: gene@chicagobancorp.com. Or through my website: http://www.genemundt.com.

If you are in Hampton Roads, Southern Virginia Cities: Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Smithfield, Suffolk, Williamsburg, York County. Join the Group, http://activerain.com/groups/hamptonroads

“I can dream alone, build alone and strive alone, but true success always requires the help and support of others. Please send me your referrals.”

Visit my website today, The Hampton Roads Real Estate Lady!

Deandrea “Dee Dee” Jones djoneshomes@gmail.com

Associate Broker Wainwright Real Estate Virginia Beach, VA

Certified Real Estate Instructor Millennium School Of Real Estate

http://DJonesRealEstate.com

Home Buyers stop standing on the side lines playing double dutch

Buyers stop standing on the side lines playing double dutch.  If you do not know when to jump in,

Double Dutch

Double Dutch

The Time to buy a home is now.  You keep thinking next month, next week, or next year you can get the best home or best rate, and best deal.  You don’t realize the best time is now before you throw away more money renting. 

Reasons to Jump in the market now:

1. Rates are great.  I know every year you see ads that say rates are the lowest they have been in years.  Well it is true. Rates are the lowest they have been in years.

2. Great deals are out there.  There are many owners that will pay your closing cost, pay discount points, or even give you furniture.  The deals are out there and you need a good agent to help you find them.

3. Loans, even with all the problems banks, brokers, and mortgage companies have had many are putting together great loan packages for buyers.  But you have to jump in by calling a loan officer to get preapproved not just prequalified. Which will give you even greater purchasing power.  And remember they are also competing for business so you may be able to negotiate fees and rates depending on the company you choose.

4.  Inventory, You have choices in this market.  You do not have to settle for anything.  Resale homes by desperate sellers, relocating sellers are the best deals.  Foreclosures, REO properties, and repos are out there but may take special financing.  Short Sales can be great deals if you have the time to wait out the process. A good agent can show you your choices and help you make a good decision.  Your loan type may dictate what properties you can view.

For information on Buying a home in Washington DC, Northern VA, or Maryland contact the DMVRealEstateChick.com or if you need help finding a great competent agent in another city or state contact me.

Dee Dee Jones

HomeBuyers Marketing II, Inc

http://DJonesSellsHomes.com – Search Homes