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By Stephanie LeFew | Agent in Tampa, FL
  • 2009 First Time Home Buyers Numbers

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Trimbelle  |  December 16, 2009 6:34 AM  |  728 views  |  No comments
    The 2009 National Association of Realtors Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers shows that first-time buyers accounted for a record 47 percent share of home sales over the past year, up from 41 percent in the 2008 survey. The share has risen steadily since a cyclical low of 36 percent in 2006.

    The 2009 Tax Credit played a large part in these numbers.  The extension till mid-year 2010 will no-doubt continue to stimulate the US real estate market.  With increased demand, real estate pricing should begin to increase somewhat, especially in the homes priced under $200,000 often the price range for first time home buyers.

    Please let me know what I can do to assist you in your dream of home ownership in Tampa Bay Florida.

    Now is a terrific time to buy-low prices, low interest rates, tax credit for First Time Buyers and Move Up Buyers.  Wow, it's a great time to be a home buyer.

    Selling homes in Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and Hernando Counties, specializing in First Time Home Buyers as well as short sales, preforeclosures and bank owned homes.

    My Services are FREE to Buyers and have Buyer Incentives for my exclusive customers.

    Call me on my cell phone - 813-624-3332
    Stephanie LeFew
    Tampa Home Buy Realty
    Tampa Bay Real Estate at Reduced Prices
  • Assistance for those Behind in Payments - Making Home Affordable Program - new website & contact phone number

    Posted Under: Foreclosure in Trimbelle  |  May 3, 2009 5:25 PM  |  607 views  |  No comments
    The Mortgage Assistance Site is Launched!!

    The U.S. Treasury Department went live with its Making Home Affordable program this week, which aims to help homeowners refinance or modify their mortgages. The campaign includes a Web site at
    http://www.makinghomeaffordable.gov/ www.makinghomeaffordable.gov 

    A contact phone number to ask questions is (888) 995-4673. The federal government is targeting homeowners with Fannie Mae loans and Freddie Mac.

    Stephanie LeFew
    813-624-3332 cell phone
    Tampa Realtor Specializing in Your Real Estate Needs

  • Freddie Mac plans to let homeowners rent their homes from Freddie Mac after foreclosure?

    Posted Under: Foreclosure in Trimbelle  |  February 24, 2009 5:31 PM  |  739 views  |  No comments
    Freddie Mac plans to let homeowners rent their homes from Freddie Mac after foreclosure?

    It's true.   In an effort to stop many of the sudden evictions that have come along with the housing crisis, Freddie Mac is rolling out a plan to allow the same people that lost their home to foreclosure to rent the home from Freddie Mac.  Also, they are planning to offer the same deal to tenants that are living in homes that were foreclosed.

    Conditions of the rental: 
    1. Leases will be on a month-to-month basis.
    2. Tenants and homeowners will only have to pay market-value or existing lease rents, not the mortgage payments. Freddie Mac will hire a property management company to determine that amount.
    3. Tenants and homeowners must be able to show proof that they have enough income to pay the monthly rental amount.

      Please let me know if you have any questions about purchasing a foreclosure property or REO bank owned home.  Also, if you have questions about a pending foreclosure, please feel free to contact me.

      Stephanie LeFew
      Realtor serving Town n Country Florida
      813-624-3332 cell phone
      813-991-1355 home office
      813-434-2183 efax

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