Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
A May 2009 increase of 0.5% in the closely watched Case-Shiller home price index indicates that the US housing recovery is seen possible now. Prices tumbled more than 32% from their peak in 2Q 2006. Case said that prices may be at the bottom now.
· Preventative risk--management must be a priority going forward, according to Shiller.
· He also stated that the mortgage contract structure must be made to protect home-buyers in case of a downturn. “The new standard for mortgage should be a continuous work-out mortgage,” so that “if home prices fall then your mortgage payment will go down.”
· Shiller cautioned that recent bank bailouts were “extraordinary events that we should want to prevent as much as possible in the future.”
· In June new home sales jumped 11%, the biggest monthly gain in 8 years according the US Commerce Department.
· National association of Realtors said existing home sales rose for the 3rd straight month in June.
But, with unemployment and foreclosures still rising, caution was advised. Shiller said that confidence in the US financial system is crucial for an economic recovery, and can be best restored by having a clear regulatory framework for investors. He mentioned that foreign investors who were thinking about putting money in this country are feeling somewhat less assured.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
With sales up in all four regions of the United States, and the number of previously occupied homes sold in June being the third month in a row to go up, this kind of expansion has not been seen in almost 5 years.
Sales roses 3.6% according to the National Association of Realtors. The foreclosure market is shrinking. It is meaningful that about on third of homes sold in June were foreclosure related, down from nearly half of those sold earlier this year. See the Federal Housing Finance Agency report showing home prices rose almost 1% in May.
There has never been a better time to buy a home in Florida with interest rates down and home prices so much lower than in recent years. The “best buys” are starting to be snatched up now.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Your work can be exhibited and sold at the 4-month long Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach. Those waiting for flights could keep busy with looking at the art exhibit that will be held from September 17, 2009 to December 17, 2009. The theme is “Solar Abstrations” and will feature works that explore the power and brilliance of the sun’s splendor here in Palm Beach County. Sponsored by “Art in Public Places.” Go to http://pbcgov.com/fdo/art/calls.htm or email email@example.com for more details. Entry deadline is August 20th. Entry fee is $10. Pick up your paint brush NOW… and GO FOR IT!
Saturday, July 18, 2009
PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR INFO ON AN OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 7-19, 3-5 PM IN PALM BEACH FARMS-2006, WATERFRONT-GORGEOUS
and want a private showing, call
MARILYN FARBER JACOBS, Realtor
at 561-988-0070 to set an
appointment that is convenient for you.
Palm Beach Farms is in an A-Rated
School district, wonderful
neighborhood with NO ZERO LOT LINES,
and has a playground for the kids.
NO EQUITY, NO HOA.
Price just lowered on this approximately
1/2 acre property on private, gated road.
Boat dock for 30' boat.
VISUAL TOUR LINK
Directions: I95-Palmetto West
Take first right, SW 12th to Circle
Go left (SW 18th St) and take
next right, Isabel Rd Oeste,
to end through white gates.
Please scroll down a bit to see the
information, and click where it says
CLICK TO VIEW FULL PAGE.
|Beautiful Curb Appeal. Circular decorative driveway, 12' x 10' portico, double arched pecky cypress oversize front doors, arched windows. PRETTIEST home in the area. Very Private. One gated private road - side road is one lane, one way - LIMITED TRAFFIC. Great flow for entertaining. Lots of room for the whole family. Master Bedroom upstairs for privacy. 4 Bedrooms on First Floor. UPGRADES EVERYWHERE - like NEW - MOVE RIGHT IN! Near I-95, shopping, downtown, beach and ocean. Watch fabulous sunsets from upstairs south facing Balcony off Master Bedroom. QUIET, SERENE NEIGHBORHOOD where Tropical Trees and plantings abound! THIS is FLORIDA LIVING at it's best! Be sure to click bottom link for Virtual Tour, many more photos.|
|Click to view map: 2198 Isabel Road Oeste Boca Raton FL 33486|
Friday, July 10, 2009
The last time your editor saw snow in Palm Beach County was when visiting during the winter of 1976, when snow briefly fell in Palm Beach near the water. Palm Beach County will have it’s own winter wonderland this weekend at the Palm Beach Zoo in Dreher Park, Southern Boulevard just east of I-95, for “little kids” and “big kids”. “Winter in July” will be held from 10 am to 4 pm both days. Forty… yes FORTY TONS of snow will fall. Many ice-age fossils will be on display. You can go on a fossil dig, make a fossil shark-tooth necklace, enjoy children’s entertainment, have animal encounters, visit the “sand box” to create your own cool treat, relax in the Florida Pioneer House and hear Arctic-themed stories, meet the “Snow Queen” and learn about sun safety. Go “ice-fishing” and see what prize you can reel in. Admission for adults is $12.95, Seniors 60 and up $9.95, Children 3-12 $8.95, children under 3 and zoo embers are free. The purpose is to educate children about the importance of sun safety and let them experience the wonders of winter without leaving Palm Beach County. The event is co-sponsored by South Florida Parenting Magazine and Panera Bread Company. Sun Safety materials are provided by the Skin Cancer Foundation and Armchem. Daily events at The Zoo include an interactive “Wings Over Water” show with 20 trained birds, 11-3 weekdays and 11-2 weekends This is sponsored by AirTran. The “Wild Things Show’ includes New Guinea Singing Dogs Mic and Sidney, Scooter the South Asian binturong, Xena the African pygmy hedgehog and Boris the Scarlet Macaw and a Brazilian rainbow boa. Come visit and enjoy seeing all the animals!
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Saturday, July 04, 2009
According to an article in the July issue of Insurance News Net Magazine, “After Americans lost their shirts in the federally regulated equities market, they were able to find refuge with the guarantees afforded by indexed annuities… Americans who placed over $150 billion in these secure products since 1995 have been sleeping easier at night because of the guarantees.”
Seeking a flight to safety for their reduced holdings, and this includes families who now have one income instead of two, many are placing funds in affordable term insurance, applications for which have climbed steadily over the years.
Marilyn can tell you about term policies that can be converted to cash value universal or whole life policies when you are ready to increase premiums as the economy improves. Meanwhile, your family will be protected. For example Marilyn just wrote an application for a 47 year old male, non-smoker, preferred status, for $750,000. Term is 15 years; convertible. Premium: under $72/month. Premiums will vary with age, tobacco usage and health status. It is predicted that in the future longer term policies will not be available or will be disproportionally more expensive.Fixed annuities were up 74% for 1Q09 vs. 1Q08. Life insurance applications for the age 60+ group climbed 11.3% in May-09 compared to May-08.
Marilyn Farber Jacobs (561-988-0070) is a Licensed Advisor / Insurance Agent with American Life & Health Group, Inc.
Friday, July 03, 2009
- Beautiful white, sandy beaches
- Miles of scenic parks and nature preserves
- Oceans, rivers and lakes offering boating, fishing, swimming and other water recreation
- A rich and varied history, which includes the city of St. Augustine, the oldest permanent European settlement in the mainland United States
- Unique family-friendly attractions
- World Class Entertainment Facilities, Museums, Theatres
- Cultural activities offer residents and visitors music, dance and arts events
- Florida’s climate featuring an average annual high of 81 degrees Fahrenheit and an average annual low of 60 degrees
- The state’s homeownership rate currently stands at about 70 percent, well above the national average
- In many ways, Florida’s cost of living is below that of other states with similar economic growth and in-migration rates