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Feliz Día de Acción de Gracias!

Feliz Día de Acción de Gracias!

1915694_210119698636_8261948_nEl Día de Acción de Gracias es una maravillosa celebración donde encontramos el momento perfecto para reunirnos en familia y con todos los que queremos y apreciamos mucho.

Pienso que dar Gracias no debe ser solo un día pero todos los días. Para mí personalmente, el Día de Acción de Gracias es una fecha de reafirmación por cada día que doy primeramente Gracias a Dios, a mi esposo, mis padres,  mis hijos, mis nietos, mis hermanos,  mi familia, y a todos los que aprecio por haberme brindado lo mejor de ellos. Todos enfrentamos retos en la vida, y no siempre nos acordamos de que no estamos solos. Eso es lo lindo de la vida, que siempre estamos rodeados de muchas personas que están con nosotros, aunque a veces no nos damos cuenta.

Gracias, porque soy inmigrante y recibí ayuda para salir adelante. Como muchos inmigrantes tuve que separarme de mis hijos y dejarlos al cuidado de mis padres, y tuve la Bendición de verlos y traerlos a este hermoso país después de 5 años. No hablaba inglés, y recibí ayuda para aprenderlo. Durante la lucha que enfrentamos todos los que llegamos aquí por un futuro mejor desafiamos retos, desilusiones, alegrías, pero nunca estuve sola.

No hace mucho pase unos momentos difíciles con mi padre grave, y tuve la oportunidad de verlo recuperarse, hoy estoy más en deuda con la vida, y quiero dar  Gracias infinitamente a Dios por todas las bendiciones que he recibido y sigo recibiendo y compartir con ustedes esta alegría.

Gracias de todo corazón a mi esposo, mis padres, mis hijos, mis nietos, mis hermanos  y a todos y cada uno de ustedes  por hacer una gran diferencia en mi vida.  Muchas Bendiciones Hoy y Siempre!

Feliz Día de Acción de Gracias!

Home sales hit fastest rise in more than a year

Home sales hit fastest rise in more than a year

buying-a-home11Sales of existing-homes rose by 1.5% in October according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Last October previously-owned homes reached its highest annual pace of the year as buyers continue to be encouraged by interest rates at lows not seen for a long time.

This numbers also represents the first yearly gain since October 2013. The median existing-home prices posted as well an increase compared to October 2013. From the previous year, October’s median price of $208,300 was up 5.5%, marking the 32nd straight month of yearly improvement.

The National Association of Realtors tracks completed transactions of single family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops each month, dubbing this group “existing-home sales.” As the housing market crashed back in 2008, NAR also began tracking the share of home sales that were distressed (foreclosures and short sales).

In October distressed home sales declined to 9% of the total, hitting the single digits for the third month in 2014. One year ago, distressed sales accounted for 14% of the market. Foreclosures account for 7%, and short sales 2% total average. The share of homes purchased for all-cash buyers in October accounted for 27%, compared to a 31% in October 2013.

First-time buyers remain a smaller slice of the market than the historic norm, at 29% in October for the fourth straight month. First-time buyers have represented less than 30% of the buyer pool in 18 of the past 19 months.

Inventory levels declined by 2.6% in October to a supply of 2.22 million existing-homes available for sale the lowest level since March, but 5.2% higher than a year ago, when there were only 2.11 million existing-homes for sale.

We still need an increment on housing inventory. However, Government-sponsored enterprise Freddie Mac has projected a 20% gain for inventory between 2014 and 2015, which will help supply. Let’s make it happen.

Long Due…Fight against Veteran Homelessness!

Long Due…Fight against Veteran Homelessness!

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) troops thanksgivingand Washington, D.C. based non-profit alliance National League of Cities (NLC) have taken another step in the Fight against Veteran homelessness by issuing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in several U.S. Cities, however still is not enough!

What is the MOU?  Is just a memorandum that calls for the development and execution of regional forms as part of a joint effort by HUD and HLC in order to raise awareness and understanding of the benefits of joining the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, at least a good start.

As directed by the MOU, HUD’s resources will be made available to:

  • Make it a priority to assist those veterans who are most vulnerable to homelessness or suffering from chronic homelessness;
  • Focus outreach efforts on identifying and engaging those veterans who are homeless;
  • Target veterans who are in need of short-term rent services in order to be integrated back into communities and assist them through re-housing interventions;
  • Utilize resources to help veterans who are ineligible for the VA’s programs to attain housing;
  • Increase preventative measures through early detection of at-risk veterans to help them get and sustain stable housing; and
  • Closely monitor progress toward the goal of ending veteran homelessness, which includes tracking the progress of goals aimed at finding permanent housing for veterans.

A louder message should be sent to end Veterans homelessness, this is for real not a dream. It should be our goal to reach out for more veterans and their families, to make this a reality.

Thank You for protecting us, and our country. God Bless America!

¿Qué te conviene mejor?   Una Casa de Reventa o Casa Nueva

¿Qué te conviene mejor? Una Casa de Reventa o Casa Nueva

El determinar que es más conveniente comprar una casa de reventa o casa nueva es determinado por factores predominantes que nos afectan directa e individualmente. Existen puntos a favor y en contra en cada una de estas opciones que van más allá de la economía que impulsan e influyen en esta decisión.

El comprar una casa es más una decisión de estilo de vida, debido a que gran parte de la economía son ajenas a tu voluntad.

¿Cómo puedes hacer esta decision?

Básicamente identifica cuáles son tus necesidades más elementales para que te ayudes en el proceso de determinación de acuerdo a tu personalidad. La frase más popular y conocida en el sector inmobiliario “ubicación, ubicación, ubicación” ha sido y continua siendo la más fundamental al momento de comprar una propiedad.

Los precios en las casas nuevas son más fácilmente negociables que en las casas de reventa. Otro punto de consideración es que las subdivisiones nuevas están sujetas a una Asociación de propietario, con cuotas obligatorias, evaluaciones, y controles arquitectónicos que pueden interferir en el caso de que quieras remodelar o ampliar la propiedad.

En lo que al espacio y diseño se refiere los costos de construcción son menores en las casas de reventa porque en las casas nuevas las construcciones en su mayoría emplean los espacios al máximo.

Mientras que muchas casas nuevas están construidas en estilo moderno, que combinan elementos de lo antiguo y lo nuevo, prevalece principalmente tu gusto personal que es el que expresa tu individualidad.

Un punto importante en las casas nuevas es la eficiencia en energía. Las casas nuevas están diseñadas con materiales de construcción que promueven el ahorro de energía como la insulación, ventanas conocidas como Energy Star, estufas, lavaderos, central de aire acondicionado ahorradores de energía.

Obviamente el decidir la compra de una casa de reventa o nueva no es una decisión fácil y rápida de tomar. Tú puedes encontrar problemas en casas de reventa como en las casas nuevas. Por eso es importante que al momento de comprar realices una inspección profesional para que puedas eliminar dudas sobre la condición de la propiedad, aun si la casa es de estreno. Infórmate y asegúrate de todos los factores importantes antes de cerrar trato en la compra de tu casa.

Are You Facing Foreclosure? Get ready to get more help!

Are You Facing Foreclosure? Get ready to get more help!

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has recently proposed additional set of measures to expand foreclosure protections for mortgage borrowers.

Currently the CFPB continues engaging in the outreach task along with consumer advocacy groups, industry representatives, and other stakeholders to develop additional provisions to protect consumers and make it easier for companies to comply with the rules. New proposals would give greater protections to mortgage borrowers.

Among these new proposals are a number of provisions to improve borrower/servicer communications and to clarify previous regulations, such as,

    • Protections for mortgage heirs
    • Servicers would be required to notify borrowers when their loss mitigation applications are complete and when their foreclosure protections kick in
    • The proposal offers full disclosure on “clarifications” from previous rules dealing with servicing rights transfers between firms.
    • Would require servicers to provide periodic loss mitigation information and other statements to borrowers in bankruptcy.
    • Servicing firms must also provide written early intervention notices to let those borrowers known about their loss mitigation options even after they’ve been told to stop contact.
    • Clarifying the meaning of “delinquency” for the purpose of its servicing rules. Delinquency begins on the day a borrower fails to make a periodic payment. If that payment is later made up, the bureau proposes that the date of delinquency should be pushed up creating room for servicers to consider a payment as “timely”.

A full summary of the proposal can be found at CFPB’s web site.

What’s  better buy?  A New or Used Home.

What’s better buy? A New or Used Home.

There are several factors beyond economics that drive this decision, and there is not a specific answer for it. Buying a new home or resale home is more of a life style. It is to decide best what fits your needs, comfort and personality.

So how do you decide?

For once keep in mind that for every qualifier, there is a disqualifier.

You will find good arguments for buying a new home; however you will find also great arguments to buy a resale home.

The truth is that every house has its own unique attributes that will match your personality and needs. On the other hand, builders can never fully re-create the nation’s quaint old neighborhoods, where every house was built architecturally distinct from the neighbor’s. And home buyers will never be able to fully assemble their dream homes the way they want unless they customize the home starting from scratch. So the choice between the two is always a relative call.

First of all, the well-known phrase in real estate: Location, Location, Location should continue at the top of our list. Older homes usually are located in the town’s center of well stablished neighborhoods, which can be good or bad depending on the vitality of your urban area.

Existing homes are usually less expensive per square foot. In new homes although Prices can be more  negotiable than an existing homes, there may be also additional cost under these new subdivisions and homeowner’s association, with mandatory fees and other assessments for architectural controls.

A new development usually offers an opportunity for you to help create your own neighborhood lifestyle. In older communities, people have moved in and out over the years and tend to get more diversity in the neighborhood.

Older homes mean more houses for your money; they may have additional space you can eventually add to the current building structure. On the other hand, new-construction homes often employ more efficient, innovative uses of square footage and property, and may have limited space for future additions.

While new homes are built expressing a modern style, older homes on the other hand can maintain more of classic look, such as Victorian Style Homes for example.

New homes builders have to follow very strict regulations, and are usually more fire-safe structured, and are built with building materials that promote energy efficiency benefits, such as thicker insulation, Energy Star windows, and more efficient energy-saving appliances as well. Older homes, unless they have already undergone an energy retrofit, it will add additional cost to upgrade it. The cost of maintenance goes hand to hand with older homes, especially if the previous owner did not keep up with proper maintenance of the home. Building materials may be harder to replace or match in an expansion or remodeling.

Newer homes tend to impose higher taxes on you because these are new subdivisions, because the community will still need fire and police coverage, sidewalks, sewers and probably a new school, where a more established home in a built-out area has a little more predictable tax structure.

With new and old construction homes, is always recommended to perform a professional home inspection. This is the only way you may be able to find the actual condition of the property; regardless if is a brand new home. It is known that buyers that have purchased brand new homes have discovered defects after purchasing these homes.   Inspect the property before you settle!

 

Write a Letter to Santa Claus!

Write a Letter to Santa Claus!

how-to-write-to-santa-300x250 copyMacy’s and Make-A-Wish® are celebrating the 7th year of the Believe campaign. Beginning in November, believers of all ages can bring their stamped letter to Macy’s addressed to Santa at The North Pole, and drop it into the special letterbox.

New this year, you can also create and send a letter online at macys.com/believe. For each letter received, Macy’s will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish, up to $1,000,000.

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Please spread the word!

 

 

Consumer Sentiment: Moving Forward!

Consumer Sentiment: Moving Forward!

Consumer confidence declined in September, rebounded in October and jumped more than two points in a preliminary November estimate, beating economic forecasts and hitting a more than seven-year high.

The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Index of Consumer Sentiment registered 89.4 in a mid-month reading, the best showing since July 2007. Economists had forecast the measure would hit 87.5, with some predicting as high as 89.

What factor have contributed to this improvement? The declining of oil prices and an improving job market were probably the main factors that led to this surge in consumer sentiment. A more favorable business conditions perhaps also helped the consumers’ view of the present situation. This solid increase suggests consumers have largely dismissed concerns about slowing global growth and have ignored the sharp swings in financial markets earlier this month

US consumers expect better economic growth and rising incomes in the coming months and overall positive growth in our economy, leading to a stronger dollar and making other investments more attractive. Consumers regained confidence and are more optimistic now about their future earnings potential, and with the holiday season getting closer and closer, we may see ever higher numbers in consumer’s confidence.

What about the Housing Market? Considering that the Federal Financing Housing Agency has recently opened more doors for eligibility criteria in the purchase of  homes, we expect to continue with good news about the economic outlook in general.

Alerta con las Ejecuciones Hipotecarias!

Alerta con las Ejecuciones Hipotecarias!

Estos procesos experimentaron el mayor aumento en un mes por los ultimos cuatro años.

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El número de solicitudes de ejecución hipotecaria, aumentaron un 15 por ciento de septiembre a octubre, el mayor salto de mes a mes desde el 2010, según el último reporte correspondiente al mes de Octubre publicado por la compañía RealtyTrac, que se especializa en monitorear la actividad de los procesos hipotecarios en el país.

Sin embargo a pesar de este aumento, todavía seguimos viendo un descenso del 8 por ciento en el número de solicitudes presentadas para autorizar las ejecuciones hipotecarias desde el mes de Octubre del 2013. Una de cada 1.069 viviendas en los Estados Unidos es afectada con una ejecución hipotecaria. Las ejecuciones hipotecarias en todo el país ascendieron a 58.869 en el mes de octubre, el nivel más alto desde Mayo del 2013.

El número de ejecuciones hipotecarias correspondiente al mes de Octubre no tomó a muchos de sorpresa porque ya que en los últimos tres años se ha ido viendo un alza mensual promedio del 8 por ciento únicamente en ejecuciones hipotecarias programas.

La actividad en las propiedades reposeídas, conocidas también por sus siglas REO (Real Estate Owned) incrementó paralelamente con un 22 por ciento en el mes de Septiembre, el mayor incremento desde Junio del 2009.