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January 2013

What’s It Going to Take For You To Be Convinced Of Homeownership?

January 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

How much evidence is needed to make a decision to get out of the rent race and become a homeowner?

Compare your rent with a mortgage payment on a similar size property. If you want a larger home than your current one, use the rent that property would require instead of what you’re currently paying. If it’s considerably cheaper, you may not need any further encouragement.

By the time you consider the principal reduction, appreciation and tax savings, your monthly cost of housing could be much less than the rent you’re paying.

The principal reduction included in each payment is like a forced savings account that increases as your mortgage balance decreases. Your equity in the property will also grow due to appreciation. The equity is part of your net worth and an investment in your family’s future.

The income tax savings can be an additional financial consideration if the combined interest and property taxes exceed the allowable standard deduction.

Trends are showing that both tenants and homeowners are staying in their homes longer. It’s been said that whether you rent or own, you’re paying for the home. Do you really want to buy the home for your landlord? Let’s make it happen today-call me at 952-929-2577

Sincerely,

RE/MAX Results

John Mazzara

Broker Associate

CFP CLU ChFC CEBS MBA MS CMB

7300 France Ave S #410

Edina, MN 55435

John@johnmazzara.com

http://www.MinneapolisStPaulHomes.com

612-386-7027

952-929-2577

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Selecting The Right Color Paint

January 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Have you ever picked a color from the myriad of paint samples available, put it on the wall and decided that it was all wrong? It shouldn’t have to be that difficult but trying to pick the perfect color from those little swatches is just not that easy.

Painters and decorators suggest you buy a small amount of the colors you’re considering. Your paint store should be able to mix them in any brand and any color. Once it’s on the wall, it will be easy to determine if it needs to be lighter or darker or if it’s completely wrong.

Take them home and paint a 2′ x 2′ area on the wall. If you’re concerned about testing the colors on your wall, you can paint some sample boards that can be easily moved around to see how they’ll look with the furniture, floors and other items in the room.

Instead of guessing what it’s going to look like, you’ll actually see how it looks during different times of the day, in natural and artificial light.

While $30 to $40 a gallon for paint may seem like a lot of money, the cost in time and labor to put it on the wall is even more.

It’s worth taking the time to test the color on the wall before you buy all the paint needed.

Sincerely,

RE/MAX Results

John Mazzara

Broker Associate

CFP CLU ChFC CEBS MBA MS CMB

7300 France Ave S #410

Edina, MN 55435

John@johnmazzara.com

http://www.MinneapolisStPaulHomes.com

612-386-7027

952-929-2577

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Top Ten Housing Predictions for 2013-Let’s See What Happens

January 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hope he’s right. Sounds very encouraging:

Sincerely,

RE/MAX Results

John Mazzara

Broker Associate

CFP CLU ChFC CEBS MBA MS CMB

7300 France Ave S #410

Edina, MN 55435

John@johnmazzara.com

http://www.MinneapolisStPaulHomes.com

612-386-7027

952-929-2577

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Sooner is Better than Later-Twin Cities buyers shouldn’t wait

January 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Buyers who have delayed purchasing a home due to concerns about what might happen to the tax laws affecting home ownership should feel comfortable about getting back in the market. The recent legislation passed by Congress and signed by the President continues to value homes as a favored investment.

For a summary of specific real estate provisions in the “Fiscal Cliff” bill, click here http://www.realtor.org/articles/real-estate-provisions-in-fiscal-cliff-bill

Whether the delayed purchase is for a home to live in as your principal residence or to use as rental property, taking action sooner is better than later.

Reasons to buy now:

1. The house payment with taxes and insurance is probably cheaper than the rent.

2. Rents will continue to rise making the difference even greater in the future.

3. Lock-in the principal & interest payment with a fixed-rate mortgage.

4. 30 year mortgage terms are available to most borrowers.

5. The mortgage interest deduction is intact for the majority of taxpayers.

6. The capital gain exclusion for principal residences up to $500,000 remains in place.

7. Prices are going up due to lower inventories and several years of low housing starts.

Contact me about any specific questions you have or information you need John-952-929-2577 Visit http://www.MplsRealtor.com for stats that will confirm the uptrend throughout the majority of the Twin Cities market.

Sincerely,

RE/MAX Results

John Mazzara

Broker Associate

CFP CLU ChFC CEBS MBA MS CMB

7300 France Ave S #410

Edina, MN 55435

John@johnmazzara.com

http://www.MinneapolisStPaulHomes.com

612-386-7027

952-929-2577

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Mortgage Forgiveness Act-Report For YOU

January 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The attached report will cover some of the highlights of the extended program. If you find that you or someone you know is in need of some information regarding options that might be available for them if they are “underwater” on their loan, then share this report. EVERY situation is different. Please call me to discuss yours and I will try my best to help wherever I can. There might be other options that you are not aware of as we “only know what we know”. Let’s talk.

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Get Your Offer Accepted-Tips to buying a home in the Twin Cities real estate market today!

January 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

As the market shifts from a buyer’s market, it’s good to know how to improve your chances to have the seller accept your offer.

Once you decide on a home, don’t waste time; write an offer and submit it as soon as possible. Competing with another buyer happens more frequently than you’d expect. Multiple offers are a seller’s advantage but here are some tips to level the playing field:

* Realistic offer – don’t give the impression you’re trying to “steal” the property. Submit comparable sales that justify your offer.

* Pre-approval letter – this satisfies seller’s biggest concern that an unqualified buyer will unnecessarily take the home off the market and the seller will lose other opportunities.

* More earnest money – it shows you’re serious and makes the seller feel like the contract will actually close.

* Minimize contingencies – from a seller’s standpoint, each contingency is one more reason why the sale won’t go through. They feel the home is “off the market” and they’re in limbo.

* Shorten inspection period – your agent can help you set a reasonable date but let the seller know you’re willing to close prior to that if possible.

* Write a personal letter to the seller telling them why you want their home – this can be the emotional connection to the seller that makes the difference in you getting the home.

A seller wants to feel confident that the offer they accept will actually close so they can plan for their next move. Following tips like these can definitely affect negotiations and help put together an offer that is more likely to be accepted. I have been selling homes for 26 years. Let my experience help you make the right decision for yourself and family.

Sincerely,

RE/MAX Results

John Mazzara

Broker Associate

CFP CLU ChFC CEBS MBA MS CMB

7300 France Ave S #410

Edina, MN 55435

John@johnmazzara.com

http://www.MinneapolisStPaulHomes.com

612-386-7027

952-929-2577

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Bloomington Homes-Minnesota Home Improvement Money Available

January 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

One of the things I try and do is monitor the various city programs for opportunities for my clients. I just got the email from the City of Bloomington announcing some of their home improvement funding. More can be learned from visiting their site at http://www.ci.bloomington.mn.us/cityhall/commiss/hra/hra.htm

It might be worthwhile looking into this if you have an upcoming project you’d like to consider doing.

Sincerely,

RE/MAX Results

John Mazzara

Broker Associate

CFP CLU ChFC CEBS MBA MS CMB

7300 France Ave S #410

Edina, MN 55435

John@johnmazzara.com

http://www.MinneapolisStPaulHomes.com

612-386-7027

952-929-2577

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How “Healthy” Is The Minnesota Unemployment Picture and how might it affect our Twin Cities real estate market going forward?

January 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Have you ever wondered “will property increase in value in the future”? Here is one metric to consider-the unemployment rate. Here is a link to Minnesota’s information. http://www.deptofnumbers.com/unemployment/minnesota/minneapolis/

You need a job to buy a home. More jobs=More people who can purchase a home. The Twin Cities employment markets are healthy. We do have unemployment, but we have lots of people working in a number of diversified industries. Overall, we are not dependent on one company or industry. Many people were affected negatively by the recession. Once their credit is repaired, and if they feel secure in their employment, then they MAY want to purchase a home. Currently, there is an upper end apartment BOOM occurring. These apartments rent from $1300-2500. I predict that many renters will once again turn to home ownership-especially if buying a home is CHEAPER than renting. In many cases, with interest rates at historical lows, this is in fact a possibility. I would like to help YOU involved with home or rental property. Call me at 952-929-2577 and let’s see what we can do together.

Sincerely,

RE/MAX Results

John Mazzara

Broker Associate

CFP CLU ChFC CEBS MBA MS CMB

7300 France Ave S #410

Edina, MN 55435

John@johnmazzara.com

http://www.MinneapolisStPaulHomes.com

612-386-7027

952-929-2577

How Can I Help You?



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Mortgage Insurance Deductibility and 2013

January 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Yipee. Mortgage insurance is going to be deductible again in 2013. See the rules and see if you qualify, as not everyone or every type of insurance is eligible. Here is a link: http://www.mgic.com/ordering-mi/tax-deductible.html



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Mortgage Tax Forgiveness Act Of 2007 Extended For 2013

January 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Yes it is true. Under CERTAIN instances, you may have a short sale or foreclosure and not incur the tax on the amount of mortgage debt that was forgiven. NOT everyone can qualify. For those that can, what a relief. Tucked in the Fiscal Cliff negotiations was this provision. So, you still have one more year. If this is something that you’d like to discuss as it may relate to your situation, please give me a call.



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Minnesota 2012 CRP forms

January 7, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

If you are a tenant or a landlord, you will want to get on the CRP forms for 2012. Here is a link to the state of MN department of revenue where you can find the forms. These need to be delivered by end of January, 2013 for 2012 rental year.

http://www.revenue.state.mn.us/Forms_and_Instructions/2011/crp_ldin_12.pdf

Sincerely,

RE/MAX Results

John Mazzara

7300 France Ave S #410

Edina, MN 55435

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john@johnmazzara.com

http://www.MinneapolisStPaulHomes.com

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