Atlantis, FL Real Estate News

By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
Daily Hot Sheet of Top Real Estate News Trending Now  Monday, September 21, 2015  TODAY'S TOP STORIESFla.'s single-family home sales up 8.6% in Aug.Florida Realtors Aug. report found more closed sales, higher median prices and a tight supply. U.S. sales dipped compared to July but rose 6.2% year-over-year. Read more.Citizens' commercial rate hikes lower than requestedMulti-peril policies for condo associations will go up an average 3% after Citizens requested 5%, but other non-residential policies will go up 9.1%. Read more.A scholarship for college-level real estate studentsThe Fla. Real Estate Commission is now accepting applications from students pursuing a real estate-focused career. But hurry: The entry deadline is Nov. 2. Read more.Local homeless program? HUD offers $1.9B in grant...
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By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
The Dialogue of a Craig's List Scammer (091815) Hello, I am writing you today to send you the tracking # as promised and I apologize for my late response because my schedules had been really tight lately. Here is the USPS Tracking (9470101699320017711738) it was sent through the regular mail USPS and you can track it on their website (www.usps.com) to confirm the time of delivery. You should deposit the check in your bank and it will clear in 24 hours . When you've pulled the money from your account, I want you to deduct your money and additional $30 I promised you for holding it for me and send the overage through Moneygram money transfer to my mover.I'll appreciate it if you could send out the money to my mover and get back to me with the transfer details so that I can forward it to t...
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By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
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By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
 What a Craig's List Scam looks like from, MickiGosselin6@gmail.com Thanks you for the response according to the description,am okay with the price and the condition pasted on cl. I am ready to make instant purchase. My mode of payment would be in Certified Check and i will arrange for a local pick up as soon as you get the check, because that is the only inconvenient means for me and due to my work frame i can not be able to get there and i promise everything will go smoothly.I really wish to be there to check out the item but i don't have chance cause am very busy person (US MARINE). Concerning the pick up, i will arrange for it after you receive the payment and it clears... Pls get back to me with below info so that i can proceed with the payment immediately if you are selling to me....
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By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
 FUNNY RETIREMENT OPTIONS FROM STATE TO STATE You can retire to Phoenix, Arizona where...1. You are willing to park 3 blocks away from your house because you found shade.2. You've experienced condensation on your behind from the hot water in the toilet bowl.3. You can drive for 4 hours in one direction and never leave town.4. You have over 100 recipes for Mexican food.5. You know that "dry heat" is comparable to what hits you in the face when you open your oven door.6. The 4 seasons are: tolerable, hot, really hot, and ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? ORYou can retire to California where...1. You make over $450,000 and you still can't afford to buy a house.2. The fastest part of your commute is going down your driveway.3. You know how to eat an artichoke.4. You drive your rented Mercedes to your ne...
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By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
What A Craigs List Scam Reads Like (reneejtg@gmail.com)  Thanks for the prompt response to text. I will be  buying this from you,  kindly withdraw the advert from C.LIST and considered it sold. My husband will be overnight the payment asap but he will be paying with a Cashier's  check from his Bank and it will  deliver to you via United Parcel Service (UPS), so  I'll need you to provide me with the following information to facilitate the mailing of the check... And am offering additional $50 with the original price to have this asap.   Name to be on the payment...........Paul Haberli Address to mail the check to.............513 N. Country Club Dr., City, State and Zip code............    Atlantis, FL 33462 Final Asking price................... $988 Cell phone # to text you on .............
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By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
INFO THAT HITS US WHERE WE LIVE...In 2015 For the housing market to get ahead, we need more homes to get started, but that's not happening fast enough. A recent study by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) noted that job market growth is powering a strong housing market, but it's also linked to declines in new home starts.  The study revealed that in 146 metro areas with big employment gains, new home construction is "underperforming." The NAR's chief economist explains, "as the labor market began to strengthen, homebuilding failed to keep up." This  "lagging new home construction -- especially single-family --  has kept available inventory far below balanced levels." The NAR study also noted that low inventory has been a persistent problem in recent years. Home builders, however...
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By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
Daily Hot Sheet Of Top Real Estate News Trending Now Monday, September 14, 2015  TODAY'S TOP STORIESWill stock market flop hit luxury home sales?If it's not a temporary stock correction, some investors could decide to sit on their real estate, neither buying nor selling. But some might invest even more. Read more.Are lenders cherry-picking higher FICO scores?Ellie Mae says that the average homebuyer's credit score was 752 in Jan. but it rose to 757 by July. Bankers say credit scores are only part of the equation. Read more.Rate-hike decision down to the wireExperts wondered all summer if the Fed would hike short-term interest rates, which directly impact ARMs, at its Sept. meeting. They'll find out on Thursday. Read more.Could home values jump as jobs outpace construction?It's Economics...
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By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
 The Daily Hot Sheet of Top Real Estate News Trending Now Tuesday, September 8, 2015     TODAY'S TOP STORIES   Home offices lose ground to shared workspaces Offices with independently rented desk space are hot in commercial real estate, and residential agents are finding that sharing space can lead to more referrals. Read more. Developers move into single-family rental homes Institutional buyers once scooped up single-family homes to rent them out, and a few are starting to build new single-family developments with the same goal. Read more. U.S. housing recovery strong despite stock market Mortgage rates dropped a bit as stock investors panicked over Chinese turmoil, but experts say that the blip in somewhat-lower rates didn't last long. Read more. Study: Americans addicted to email Whi...
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By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
A QUICK NOTE ABOUT HOME PRICES AND MORTGAGE RATESAccording to Mortgages 101, home prices and mortgage rates are negatively correlated: when one is up, the other is down. But that's not always true. The connection between home prices and mortgage rates has frequently been tenuous. Yes, there are times – like a few years ago – when falling rates spur sales activity. At other times, such as the late "70s", homes continued to sell despite soaring mortgage rates. Many variables in addition to mortgage rates coalesce to form a home-price trend, to the point that over history, interest rates and home prices have shown only a minimal correlation.
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By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
A Friend Of The Past Just Stopped By Unexpectably ....... The other day I was working in my home office when I started to hear this kind of scratching noise. I didn't think much about since there is a lot of animal/bird noises through-out the day. I also didn't notice because the blinds were closed due to facing the west side. Anyone that lives in S. Florida knows what I'm saying. Anyhow the noise continued for a while, which made me have to investigate. This is what I saw.   
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By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
Sample Marketing letter For Increased Sales Activities[Date] «Address Block»  «Greeting Line»  Hello, my name is [letter name] and I am associated with [company name]. While traveling through your neighborhood today I noticed that you had your home for-sale-by-owner. You have a nice looking home that has excellent curb appeal, and I am certain you will have no trouble selling your real estate in a timely manner if it is priced correctly. I have an excellent report that I would love to share with you entitled “10 Mistakes Every For Sale By Owner Should Avoid.” This report is FREE and is available by calling me at [agent’s phone number].  If you are thinking about purchasing another home locally after the sale of your residence, I would love to help you find a new home. I could set up a d...
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By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
An old geezer became very bored in retirement and decided to open a medical clinic.        He put a sign up outside that said: "Dr.Geezer's clinic. Get your treatment for $500, if not cured, get back $1,000." Doctor "Young," who was positive that this old geezer didn't know beans about medicine, thought this would be a great opportunity to get $1,000. So he went to Dr.Geezer's clinic. Dr. Young: "Dr.Geezer, I have lost all taste in my mouth. Can you please help me ??" Dr. Geezer: "Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in Dr. Young's mouth." Dr. Young: Aaagh !! -- "This is Gasoline!"    Dr. Geezer: "Congratulations! You've got your taste back.That will be $500."   Dr. Young gets annoyed and goes back after a couple of days figuring to recover his money.   Dr. Young: "I...
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By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
Answers depend on how you read or hear the question and how well you spell?   The following questions were set in last year's GED examination.   These are genuine answers (from 16 year olds).   Q. Name the four seasons. A. Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar.Q. How is dew formed? A. The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire.Q. What guarantees may a mortgage company insist on? A. If you are buying a house they will insist that you are well endowed.Q. In a democratic society, how important are elections? A. Very important. Sex can only happen when a male gets an election.Q. What are steroids ?A. Things for keeping carpets still on the stairs.      (Shoot yourself now, there is little hope).  Q. What happens to your body as you age? A. When you get old, so do your bowels and ...
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By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
HOUSING INFO THAT HITS US WHERE WE LIVE...  We certainly need no lengthy explanations concerning what's doing in the new home market. In July new single-family home sales headed up 5.3%, to a 507,000 unit annual rate, and are now up 25.8% over a year ago.  These sales cooled off in June, but looking at the past year, new home sales averaged their fastest sales pace since 2008. Consequently, inventories gained by 4,000, yet the months' supply dropped from 5.3 in June to 5.2 in July. That faster selling pace gives builders a nice opportunity to step up construction activity and inventories. Remember, new home sales are still well below historic levels. Meanwhile, the Case-Shiller Home Price index edged up 1.0% in June and now stands 4.5% ahead of a year ago. Prices are up in all 20 major ...
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By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
The Daily Hot Sheet Of Top Real Estate News Trending Now Friday, September 4, 2015 TODAY'S TOP STORIES Are low interest rates a good or bad thing? Low rates have made it easy for Americans to buy on credit, but will low rates today hurt future investing? Bankrate.com polled financial experts to find out. Read more. Atlanta Realtor gets death threat at open house The phone call was bizarre and sounded like a scam, but a threat of murder to loved ones was so violent that it shook Atlanta-area Realtors. Read more. Average rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.89% Rates dropped last week but went a bit higher this week. Two out of three economists expect little change in short term, but only 7% predict a decline. Read more. Businesses feel mixed impact from China's economy Some Realtors are s...
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By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
Are You About To be Scammed Selling Items on Craigs List??  Scam Numbers, Addresses & Names Being Used    Are You about to be scammed on Craiglist? Upon selling many items I have had these phone numbers, names, businesses, and emails texted to me.  Please note: AA Shipping, Inc. & Vandevoorde Sales, Inc. Mill Insurance Service, are real businesses, that have had their name or location stolen by these scammers.     (224) 757-8176(267) 719-4323(269) 948-7951(320) 207-4241(321) 312-2622(323) 835-1381(325) 400-4108(347) 363-1861(440) 678-8101(469) 270-8302(504) 308-2729(509) 269-8736(512) 309-8432(520) 222-6921(561) 320-7958(567) 331-4795(646) 828-6794(646) 930-5969(646) 439-5780(713) 322-0390(731) 468-7590(754) 206-5614(770) 450-4045(802) 266-0378(802) 438-8932(806) 329-2750(818) 856-4547(...
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By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
The Daily Hot Sheet of Real Estate News Trending NowMonday, August 31, 2015   TODAY'S TOP STORIES Judge asked to order conservation funding in Fla. At issue: How Fla. uses billions collected by a real estate doc stamp tax. Environmental groups claim the Legislature didn't fully fund Amendment 1. Read more. How will stock market impact SW Fla. real estate? A bouncing market may make some second-home buyers hold off on their plans while they wait for stability to return, say several area real estate experts. Read more. Storm-related insurance issues to consider Did you know you might not be covered if your swimming pool floods your house? That's why it's smart to drain your pool half a foot before a major storm. Read more. Household living arrangements are changing Census: The majority of...
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By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
Making the Rounds of Real EstateHave you ever tried to make your way through a maze at an amusement park or farm field? If you don’t know the layout, it’s probably going to take you a long time to find your way through. You’ll hit a lot of dead ends, go around in circles a few times, and maybe even become frustrated before you finally find your way out.   The same can be said about buying or selling a home. Real estate transactions are probably not something you do every day, so you’re not as familiar with their “layout”. As a result, the process of preparing your home for sale, getting it listed, dealing with viewings and buyers, and negotiating offers can potentially be very stressful… so stressful, in fact, you might be discouraged from making a move!  That’s why finding a REALTOR® w...
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By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
  Time gets better with age Read it through to the end, it gets better as you go!  I've learned that I like my teacher because she cries when we sing "Silent Night." Age 5 I've learned that our dog doesn't want to eat my broccoli either. Age 7 I've learned that when I wave to people in the country, they stop  what they are doing and wave back. Age 9 I've learned that just when I get my room the way I like it, Mom makes me clean it up again. Age 12 I've learned that if you want to cheer yourself up, you should try cheering someone else up. Age 14 I've learned that although it's hard to admit it, I'm secretly glad my parents are strict with me. Age 15 I've learned that silent company is often more healing than words of advice. Age 24 I've learned that brushing my child's hair is one of li...
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