From the monthly archives:

January 2010

Homebuyer Tax Credit Rewards Repeat Buyers

January 31, 2010
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Homeowners who were excluded from the federal first-time homebuyer tax credit may have a second chance for a bite at the apple now that the credit has been expanded and extended. As of Nov. 7, 2009, current or recent homeowners who buy a new home can qualify for a tax credit of 10 percent of […]

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Lennar Introduces Energy-Efficient ‘PowerSmart’ Homes Throughout The Fresno-Visalia Area

January 31, 2010
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Homebuyers in Fresno can now enjoy the benefits of Lennar’s green building with the introduction of energy-efficient homes that are part of their new PowerSmart℠ Home. Combining some of today’s most innovative products and materials, Lennar’s PowerSmart℠ homes give buyers the power to save money, to save energy and to save the environment. Lennar’s PowerSmart℠ […]

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Maybe Last Year Wasn’t So Bad For Southern New Jersey’s Real Estate Market

January 31, 2010
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The widespread belief that real estate had a terrible 2009 is being disproved by the data for the southern New Jersey market released this week. Compared with the prior year, sales were almost even in Atlantic and Cape May counties, and significantly higher in Cumberland County. Prices fell, but by single digits, and the time […]

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San Bernardino: Fun With Economy-Related Numbers: It Can’t Be All Bad

January 31, 2010
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Last week we reported that home sales had fallen nearly 17 percent in December – the worst decline in nearly 40 years. Why is that happening when the economy is supposed to be giving us “glimmers of hope,” turning around, beginning to recover, coming back and otherwise reminding us that things are getting better, not […]

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Reports: D.C.-Region Home Prices Should Climb In 2010

January 31, 2010
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Two new reports forecast a spike in home prices in the region in 2010, but the end of federal aid looms on the horizon for local real estate agents. Home prices in the Washington region dipped slightly from November 2008 to November 2009 and are expected to rise 3.35 percent from November 2009 to November […]

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Palm Springs: Signs For Optimism In Valley For 2010

January 31, 2010
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Banks, which weathered tough times in 2008, have arguably faced the closest scrutiny on Capitol Hill since the Great Depression. All along, the Coachella Valley’s community banks closely watched their own state of affairs and the consumer psyche in an area ravaged by a high jobless rate and the housing downturn. Recently, four chief executives […]

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Delawareans Feeling Better About Economy

January 31, 2010
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There’s something in the air that most Delawareans haven’t gotten a whiff of for a while – optimism. Happier days may not quite be here again, but it’s growing clear that some key measures of economic health – from consumer confidence to small-business lending – are picking up momentum. It’s also clear that there’s a […]

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New Jersey: Builders Reassess The Market

January 30, 2010
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The number of new-housing permits issued statewide in 2009 did not even reach 12,000. The last year the tally was that low: 1945, when New Jersey was still mostly cow and corn country. Yet even in the face of these sobering numbers, several builders of multifamily projects have forged ahead – some actually building, others […]

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Southwest Florida: Lee Economy Looking Up But Long Way To Go, Leader Says

January 30, 2010
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The economy will be better in Lee County this year than last year, the county’s economic development director says. But not yet good. “I think it’s a better year, but there’s a tough couple years to go,” Jim Moore said. Kitty Green, a former Bonita Bay Group executive who’s chairing the council’s community outreach committee, […]

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Big Game Kicks Off Buying Season

January 30, 2010
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The Super Bowl is a little more than a week away and in real estate circles, it’s not just about the big game but the kick-off to the spring home buying season. It’s a coin toss whether this year’s housing market will be appreciably different than last year; 2009′s sales were relatively flat compared to […]

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