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November 2010

There are 4 blog entries for November 2010.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Resume Foreclosure Sales

Monday, November 29th, 2010 at 8:48pm. 1,706 Views, 0 Comments.

Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac Resume Foreclosure SalesFannie Mae and Freddie Mac have notified brokers representing the GSE's foreclosure inventory to once again begin marketing their properties for sale.

This is really good news for the Florida real estate market as both entities together hold or guarantee a substantial amount of homes - 31 million homes nationwide - of which, 12% for Fannie Mae and 17% for Freddie Mac are currently with delinquent borrowers in Florida.

The embargo on selling these properties no doubt led to the overall decrease in total existing home sales in September and October. Getting them back on the market quickly should help as the sooner we can clear…

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Pool Safety Rules May Apply To Short-Term Rentals

Thursday, November 18th, 2010 at 8:37pm. 2,714 Views, 2 Comments.

Consumer Product Safety Commission Proposes Pool Safety Rules ChangesA rule change proposal from the Consumer Product Safety Commission would look at pools and spas in short-term rentals, including those in single-family homes, and consider them public facilities bound by the U.S. Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act.

The new proposed definition would define public accommodations facility as "an inn, hotel, motel, or other place of lodging, including, but not limited to, rental units rented on a bi-weekly or weekly basis."

While other requirements will also apply, the Act specifically mandates safety rules for drain covers and will supersede any weaker state laws governing pool safety.

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High Cost Area Loan Limits Extended Through 2011

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010 at 6:22pm. 1,728 Views, 2 Comments.

Federal lawmakers recently voted to keep the maximum size of loans guaranteed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and FHA for high-cost areas at their current levels ($729,750 and $625,000). President Obama finally signed the legislation, thereby extending the loan limit through 2011.

The provision means homebuyers and homeowners in expensive housing markets like California, New York, Alaska and Hawaii will continue to get a break on interest rates when they purchase or refinance. Conforming loans come with cheaper interest rates versus non-conforming or so called "jumbo"  mortgages, because they are backed by the government lending…

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One Great Big Catch!

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010 at 2:49pm. 3,546 Views, 7 Comments.

There is not a day that goes by while I am out showing clients properties when the question arises about alligators in the various waterways. Naturally, I give them all the same stern warning about what to expect and remind them they must be sure to keep children and small pets away from the waters unattended. Having been here for 14 years now and being an avid outdoorsman (fishing, camping and trekking), I've seen my fair share of both alligators and crocodiles in the wild. And, unfortunately, we've had more than a few fatalities and mutilations over the years.

So, when I saw this item in the newspaper this morning, I thought you…

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