As you know by now the 1st time home buyer tax credit has been extended. So if you have not found that perfect home yet, you are in a great place to be looking.
Please be aware that there are plenty of new homes available that will offer you a great savings and value for your money. If short sale and foreclosure are your interest, there are plenty to choose from.
If you have not established yourself with a Realtor to help you with your purchase, you should do so right away. I would be happy to assist you as your area of interest in one of my specialties. Contact me and we can begin to search for something you desire.
Please update the board if you have gone through with a purchase and loan using BOA as we are hearing many stories of delay and it would be nice to have some honest market feedback.
Michelle Niemczyk, Realtor
Malvia Earle, Realtor
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The TampaBay area offers a great selection of short sale and foreclosure properties, PLUS the added incentive of low interest rates and first-time homebuyer credit makes this an EXCELLENT time for you to buy a home! Working in the Ruskin, Riverview, Apollo Beach, Brandon, and surrounding Tampa areas, I am assisting clients with incredible deals every day. A great website linked to the MLS (multiple listing service) and updated EVERY 15 MINUTES to start your search, is: http://www.TampaHomeSearch4u.com where you can select your criteria. My team has been successfully negotiating short sales for three years now and we help our clients navigate the process as quickly and stressfree as possible.
Lynn Seevers, Realtor, GRI, TRC
Keller Williams Realty-The REAL Team
Most bank owned homes can have the typical 30-45 days escrow. However, short sales can take anywhere from 60days-to 6 months depending on the short sale property. Each case is different based on how many loans (liens they have on the property), what mortgages they have, what the property is listed for vs. the actual home value in the area. Just because you get a pre-approval from BofA on short sales does not speed up the process at all. My advise is to go after Bank owned homes, or Approved short sale homes since the lenders have already approved and have agreed to accpet the price it is listed. I hope this helps.
Regarding the tax credit, please check out my website on my blog. It will give you answers to your questions.