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By Carol Claudon | Agent in Seminole, FL
  • Did you buy a house? Down payment not deductible. What is?

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Seminole, Home Selling in Seminole  |  November 25, 2013 10:30 AM  |  307 views  |  3 comments

    I want to share the following about what is deductible from a home sale.  Source: Florida Realtors:

    ‘I bought a house – what can I deduct on my taxes?’

    "WASHINGTON – Nov. 25, 2013 –  “Is a downpayment on a house tax deductible?” some homebuyers ask. The answer: Unfortunately, no, it’s not.

    In general, buyers seeking the true cost of homeownership can factor the following in as deductible on the U.S.’s yearly income taxes:

    • Mortgage loan interest
    • Real estate taxes
    • Closing fees (points) that decrease the rate of the mortgage loan
    • Mortgage insurance required on all FHA and VA loans, and on conforming or conventional mortgages higher than 80 percent loan-to-value (LTV)."

    © 2013 Florida Realtors®

    Carol Claudon
    CENTURY 21 Top Sales
    Seminole, FL

  • Accredited! Carol Claudon, ABR! (Accredited Buyer's Representative)

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Seminole  |  November 21, 2013 6:54 AM  |  260 views  |  1 comment

    Why work with an Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR)?

    Buying a home can be a complex process involving a major financial commitment.  With so much at stake, buyers want a trusted guide who can help make good decisions and minimize risks.  A buyer's representative is an experienced real estate professional matching their services to the buyer's needs. 

    The ABR is only awarded to licensed real estate professionals who complete specialized training that gives them the edge in understanding a buyer's perspective and protecting and promoting their buyer-clients' interests.  ABR candidates must demonstrate proven experience in representing buyers. 

    If you're ready to buy a home, wouldn't you prefer to work with the most qualified real estate professional you can find?

    Carol Claudon, ABR
    CENTURY 21 Top Sales
    Seminole, FL
    (source:  National Association of Realtors)
  • Honoring Our Veterans...Using Your VA Loan To Purchase

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Seminole, Financing in Seminole, Military Movers in Seminole  |  November 11, 2013 4:58 AM  |  382 views  |  No comments

    There are some situations when it is easiest to use your VA benefit to purchase a home.  If you qualify for this benefit, it is important to recognize the type of property that is the best fit for you. 

    1.  Townhomes or condos must be VA/FHA approved (there is a list if you visit the HUD website of approved properties).  In my area of Florida, very few condo and townhome communities are on the list.  If a home is not on the list, special approval is possible, but it takes about 90 days, according to the representative helping me at Bay Pines VA. It may be best to use the benefit on a single family home purchase.

    2.  Allow a bit of extra time for approvals such as loan approvals and processing.  

    3.  Use a lender familiar with the process--someone who has done many VA loans before.  Most reputable real estate agents can recommend a lender.  I know a loan representative who has done many, many VA loans and understands the process.

    4.  When looking for a home, keep in mind the home must pass an inspection.  The roof should not be within a few years of its life,  no live termites/wood rot...the place should be in decent shape.

    Follow these tips and use the benefits coming to you!

    Carol Claudon
    CENTURY 21 Top Sales
    Seminole, FL

  • Flood Insurance Info...Where to Find What You NEED to Know!

    Posted Under: Agent2Agent in Seminole  |  October 27, 2013 10:02 AM  |  294 views  |  No comments
    UPDATE!!!  (Oct. 31, 2013) Congress is apparently working on a deal to delay the increases by at least four years.  See the link to recent news (source:  Reuters)

    Be sure to keep up with the latest information and inform your customers of potential flood insurance rate increases.  Here is the link to the FEMA site that has videos, articles, and information that every real estate agent needs to know!


    Carol Claudon
    Seminole, FL
  • Fall Back...November 3, 2013!

    Posted Under: Agent2Agent in Seminole  |  October 20, 2013 6:04 AM  |  315 views  |  1 comment

    Now is the time to remind your customers to set their clocks back on November 3, 2013! 

    Carol Claudon
    CENTURY 21 Top Sales
    Seminole, FL
  • Back In Business! Shutdown Over, Let's Get To Work...

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Seminole, Home Selling in Seminole, Agent2Agent in Seminole  |  October 17, 2013 5:00 AM  |  416 views  |  No comments

    Although I've been working through the government shut-down, my business was seriously impacted by hesitant consumers and sellers who didn't want to make a move in this climate.  Let's all get down to business.  Whoo hoo!

    Carol Claudon
    CENTURY 21 Top Sales
    Seminole, FL
  • 10 Steps to Get Mortgage Ready

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Seminole, Financing in Seminole, Credit Score in Seminole  |  October 12, 2013 10:07 AM  |  438 views  |  No comments

    BE READY when you find the house of your dreams:

    Carol Claudon
    CENTURY 21 Top Sales
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