Make sure your builder is financially SOLID

Question Asked: Our family is ready to build a custom home. We are concerned about making the “wrong choice” due to the current economic situation; we want to make sure the builder is financially SOLID. How do we protect ourselves? The Fredrick’s – St. Johns, FL Response Given: With the housing market being down for …

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Retiring to a Florida home

Last winter you declared you’d shoveled the snow off the front walk for the last time. You’ve retired from your job and the kids have all moved away, so there’s nothing keeping you there. It’s time to consider moving to a Florida home.

Mortgage Rates for Buying Florida Homes

As we reach the mid-point of 2011, mortgage interest rates are at about 4.5% on a conventional, 30-year loan, according to Freddie Mac, the national mortgage company. To track mortgage rates, go to Freddie Mac. Rates have been on a downward trend this year and have reached their lowest point since fall 2010, but how …

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Housing & Economic Forecasts Show Rising Activity

Expect 5.3 million existing-home sales this year, up from 4.9 million in 2010, with additional gains in 2012 to about 5.6 million – that’s a sustainable level given the size of our population. According to, home sales are expected to stay on an uptrend through 2012 and mortgage interest rates should rise gradually to …

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10K Home Buyers Sitting On the Fence!

Consumers today think it is a good time to buy a new home. According to John Burns Real Estate Consulting Community Building Marketing Intelligence, consumers are focusing on these aspects in planning to buy their next home purchase: 1. Style and design are slightly more important than price 2. Personalization is a very important reason …

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11 Ways to Stretch Your Remodeling Budget

Remodeling your home is considerably different from building your new home. Your home becomes a worksite, living side-by-side with the project from start to finish.  Not only can this make you stressful, but keeping expenditures under control throughout the remodeling process is another huge factor that most homeowners have to deal with. Better Homes & …

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