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Home Buyer Seminar - Des Moines, Iowa

by Jon Smith, CRB, CRS, GRI
 Join Jon Smith of Iowa Realty, Des Moines leading Real Estate Agent, as he reveals the secret to buying a home with a $0 down and walking away $7,500...

In this exclusive home buyer seminar, you will learn valuable information to get you into a home of your own. 

 This seminar will be full of information regarding Mortgage Loans, Home Inspections and most importantly - how you can buy a home in today's real estate market.

Your TWO BONUSES will be waiting for you when you arrive!

To find out more, please visit Des Moines Home Source

The Nehemiah Program - The Gift for Your Down Payment

by Jon Smith, CRB, CRS, GRI

If you are ready to buy a home, but the down payment is holding you back there is a program you may be interested in.  It is called The Nehemiah Program.


The Nehemiah Charitable Model uses funds from charitable sources for down payment assistance for persons who qualify.  You can get more information on this  program at http://www.getdownpayment.com/.  There is a tutorial on how the program works.

Nehemiah is an FHA product in that all loans must comply with FHA/HUD rules, but there are many great points such as.....

  • Gift funds up to 6% of the final contract sales towards your down payment and/or closing costs
  • Gift funds for both first time and repeat homebuyers
    (Nehemiah charges a nominal processing fee that may be paid by the seller, homebuyer, or lender.)
  • Gift funds for both new construction and resale homes
  • No repayment of gift money
  • No income or asset limits
  • No geographical restrictions

If you think you can use this program to purchase a house in our current market, which is a great time to buy, then give me a call.

Buying A New Home VS. Previously Owned Home

by Jon Smith, CRB, CRS, GRI
TODAY'S FEATURED PROPERTIES

 

 

Although new homes typically have a higher sales price than comparable existing homes, buyers are willing to spend more upfront with an understanding that part of what they are paying for is assured low maintenance costs. A builder's warranty, along with brand-new roof, appliances, furnace, and other operating systems that make major repairs unnecessary, work together to counteract possible slower appreciation initially. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau's 1991 American Housing Survey suggest that operating costs per house are lowest for brand-new homes, slightly higher for relatively new existing homes, but lower on average for older existing homes. Measured per square foot of living space, however, operating costs are consistently higher for progressively older existing homes. Utility costs are the largest component of operating costs. Energy consumption per square foot depends on size of the home, insulation, window quality, air leakage and efficiency of the furnace. Operating costs also include expenditures for both routine maintenance and major repairs.

Neighborhoods: known or unknown commodities

When you buy a resale home, you can find out a lot more about the property and the neighborhood before you buy than when you buy a new home. Land to support new-home developments usually is located on the outskirts of town. Potential buyers should ask the developer about future access to public transit, entertainment activities, shopping centers, churches, and schools. Local zoning ordinances also should be reviewed. A rather remote area can turn into a fast-food-chain haven within a couple of years. Try to ensure that the neighborhood, if not strictly residential, will not begin sprawling out of control.

Buying into a new-home community may seem riskier than purchasing a house in an established neighborhood, but any increase in home value depends upon the same factors: quality of the neighborhood, growth in the local housing market and the state of the overall economy. One survey by the National Association of Realtors shows that resale homes do have an edge over new homes. The trade group's figures show the median price of resale homes increased 3 percent between 1994 and 1995, compared to 0.8 percent for new homes in the same period.

Before making a choice between adding on to an existing home or buying a larger one, consider these questions:

    * How much money is available, either from cash reserves or through a home improvement loan, to remodel the current house?
    * How much additional space is required? Would the foundation support a second floor or does the lot have room to expand on the ground level?
    * What do local zoning and building ordinances permit?
    * How much equity already exists in the property?
    * Are there affordable properties for sale that would satisfy housing needs?

Ultimately, the decision should be based on individual needs, the extent of work involved and what will add the most value. According to Remodeling magazine's annual "Cost vs. Value Report," remodeling a home not only improves its livability but its curb appeal with potential buyers. The highest paybacks come from updating kitchens and baths and, most recently, adding on a home office, according to the survey.

First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit - Is it Right For you?

by Jon Smith, CRB, CRS, GRI

TODAY'S FEATURED PROPERTIES

As a first time home buyer you can now take advantage of the new tax credit being offered.  This is called the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008.  This Act includes a number of provisions that will help prevent foreclosures and reinvigorate the housing market as well as strenghten the nations economy.
If you feel the time is not right for you to buy your first home you might be interested in learning more about this Tax Credit that was created just for you.  And, then look at your credit then the interest rates available.  This might be a great time for you afterall.

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Jon Smith, CRB, CRS, SRES, SFR
Iowa Realty
3521 Beaver Ave.
Des Moines IA 50310
515-240-2692
Fax: 515-453-6404
 

 

 

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