CMA – Compareable Market Analysis


What Sellers Should Know About CMAs

Whether you are buying or selling a home, your real estate professional can give you a snapshot of the local market known as the competitive or comparative market analysis or CMA. These are convenient reports that help sellers choose a listing price and buyers to make competitive offers on a given home.

CMAs are generated from multiple listing service software and vary greatly depending on the search fields that are input by the real estate professional. Each quantifier makes the search increasingly specific – type of home (detached vs. attached), zip code, number of bedrooms, baths and living areas, square footage, and numerous other search criteria. Continue reading

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March  Newsletter

This Newsletter is full of interesting and useful information that I think you will enjoy whether you are a buyer, seller, homeowner, or renter.

This month’s issue includes topics such as:

“Make Your Home Appealing to Buyers”;
“Know Your Expenses Before You Buy”;
Home Equity Use No Longer Home Equity Abuse”;
“Get Out Of Debt”;
“Incentives for Going Green”;

Plus a roundup of February real estate activity as well as much more advice and information.

I hope you enjoy this monthly newsletter. If you have any comments, please e-mail them to me. Or, if you would like to see a certain topic covered in future months, let me know that too!


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Tax Deductions – Did You Know This?

  Are you done with your Taxes yet?  Wait!… With April 15th just around the corner, here are some tips to help you….    
  Reap the tax deductible rewards of home ownershipIf you’ve purchased, sold or refinanced your home in the past year, tax season is the best time to reap the benefits of being a homeowner! Take advantage of some of these tax breaks today and you could enjoy a bigger return in April! Continue reading

Real Estate Resolutions 2010






  Sure you can lose weight, get in shape, launch a business or find a new job. But haven’t you also procrastinated long enough about buying a home?

How long has it been since you upgraded your home with a new roof, spiffed up landscaping or pulled some other home improvement?

And that post-World War II ranch home of yours could certainly use a few energy efficient do-overs.

Look to low mortgage interest rates, bargain home prices and other favorable market conditions to give you the resolve to consider home sweet home in your list of must-dos in the New Year.

  • Join the nearly 18 percent of Americans who say they’ve resolved to become a first-time homebuyer in 2010, according to a new survey. That’s both a smart move and a timely one. Mortgage rates are at record lows, prices are down and the $8,000 first-time home buyer tax credit has been extended until April 30, 2010. It’s also been expanded to include a $6,500 tax credit to move-up buyers. 
  • More than 15 percent of those who responded to the survey said saving money to purchase a new home is their top real estate resolution for the New Year. Resolve with them to learn the best way to budget, plan ahead and save money.
  • Nearly 40 percent say No. 1 on their list of resolutions is starting a home improvement project. Cheap home equity money should help them not only start, but also complete the job.
  • The survey also found 9.1 percent most wanted to fix their credit so they can buy a home next year. To get started all you need to do is take a look at your next credit card statement for a toll free number directing you to counseling help. That’s part of the new, but little-known mandated disclosure provisions in the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 (CARD Act).
  • Nearly 16 percent are wisely considering buying an investment property as their top resolution. They couldn’t have picked a better time in the last half decade. Another survey recently found more than 12 percent of homebuyers today plan to purchase a home as an investment, compared to less than half, only 5.6 percent, just seven months ago, thanks to more attractive investment conditions.
  • “If you anticipate inflationary conditions in the future, investment property could be a good bet to hedge against it,” said Nancy Osborne, chief operating officer of, a Santa Clara, CA-based financial information publisher and interest rate tracker. 
                                                                                                            Written by Broderick Perkins

No matter from which side you are looking, in 2010 is going to be THE year to invest in real estate.

Again, I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to use the services of a local Realtor®, who looks out for your interest, when purchasing a property.

Related blog article: Credit Score – How it Affects Your Buying Power








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