Monday, March 8, 2010

Monday Morning Coffee

Happy Monday!

I am sure everyone enjoyed this beautiful sunny, Spring weekend! It was a fantastic weekend to get out there and open some doors! I have been getting a lot more questions since our Grand Opening about wanting a better understanding of our office. Because we are so unique it is understandable that I need to explain what makes us different. I value your opinion very much, so after you read this explanation of our concept, I would love to hear from you on how I can better get our message out there for the public to understand how we work here at Amanda Howard Real Estate. I will post an article written about our Firm that gives a very good description of who we are. Enjoy!

Amanda Howard Real Estate is a unique concept for Huntsville. The first of its kind for the Tennessee Valley, Amanda Howard Real Estate is a boutique, team centric organization specializing in residential Real Estate.

Amanda started as a generalized Real Estate agent/Realtor. As a new agent, she did everything that the entire team does now, but on a smaller scale. As an acute observer of the market and consumer demand, she came to realize that there was a need for a more specialized and streamlined concept. The typical consumer doesn’t want a “one size fits all” answer to their questions or challenges. Recognizing the fact that each client’s needs are unique was the impetus for the change in her business model. Currently, Amanda and Travis Howard oversee a dynamic team of full-time agents and customer experience specialists.

Just as doctors and attorneys specialize, so does each team member of Amanda Howard Real Estate. Although all of the agents are, of course, licensed Realtors; their continuing education goes far beyond that- with exhaustive training and practice, for what are the equivalents of graduate degrees in their field of specialty. Their specialists consist of the best of the best; the elite, if you will.

Buyers Specialists do exactly that: specialize in helping a home buyer find the home of their dreams. Working with buyers poses many challenges that their agents must deal with on a daily basis from knowing up to the minute mortgage information and guidelines, being experts in writing contracts and negotiating purchases and repairs, and offering unique perspectives on the large geographical area AHRE covers.

The Listing Partners specialize in working with Sellers only. Selling is a completely different area of expertise than purchasing. From identifying target market groups, pricing strategies to dissecting net sheets and arranging for staging and presentation of each listing, the Listing Partners are the logistical and Home marketing specialists of the firm.

The Customer Experience Staff ranges from our ‘Director of First Impressions’ all the way to our famous ‘Closing Coordinator’. Their sole function is to offer a consistent level of service to the customer. Clients know that they can call on any team member in the office for information, questions or concerns. This is one area where Amanda Howard Real Estate is setting a new standard for the industry. The client should never have to worry about reaching someone who will know about their sale or purchase; and team members should never have to feel like they can’t take a day off to relax and spend time with their family.

Amanda Howard Real Estate inspires loyalty through creating an entire customer experience! Their model is unique to Alabama. Amanda likes to say, “We are not here just for the one time you need us. We are here for you, here for your family and your friends - again and again. Just like your trusted attorney or doctor - we want to be your trusted Realtor!”

Have a wonderful and productive week!


Amanda Howard
Associate Broker, GRI, CRS, ePRO
Amanda Howard Real Estate
Office: (256) 799-9000
Fax: (256) 799-9001
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900 Merchants Walk, Suite A, Huntsville, AL 35801

*Read more below for other exciting news updates*

Newsletter Contents

¯ January 2010 Market Milestones

¯ Tax Credit coming to a close…

February 2010 Sales by Area

Home Buyer's Tax Credit Coming to a close...

You're probably up to your neck by now in forms and paperwork as the April 15th income tax deadline approaches. Maybe you've already completed your taxes, paid your bill, or are awaiting your refund check. Either way, now is the perfect time to revisit the extended and expanded Home Buyer's Tax Credit.

Why? Because now, as you calculate your tax bill or your refund, you can finally see in real terms just how beneficial a tax credit of up to $8,000 can be to your bottom line.

Here are the basics:

Qualified 2009 and 2010 first-time home buyers can get up to 10% of the home's purchase price or a maximum of $8,000. In November 2009, legislation extended a tax credit of up to $6,500 (or up 10% of the home's purchase price) to long-time residents of the same primary residence if they purchase a new main home. To qualify, eligible taxpayers must show that they lived in their previous homes for a five-consecutive-year period during the eight-year period ending on the closing date of the new home.

Important details to remember:

1) You don't have to pay it back (as long as you stay in your qualified home for at least 36 months).

2) If you qualify for the credit, you can still apply it to this year's taxes, even if you've already filed your returns, or save it for your 2010 returns.

3) This is a true tax credit, not a deduction. If you qualify for the full credit, there will be an actual dollar-for-dollar reduction of up to $8,000 (or up to $6,500 for qualified repeat buyers) on your tax bill now or in 2010.

4) New income qualification limits have been put in place that expanded the pool of qualified buyers.

5) If you purchased a qualified home or plan to after reading this article, you must have a contract in place by April 30, 2010 (with closing to take place by June 30, 2010), so don't wait!

There are, of course, other details and qualification requirements and restrictions that you'll need to consider. But don't hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions.

If you know anyone who is looking to buy, sell or refinance a home, please forward their name and telephone number to us. We will happily provide the same high level of service that we have provided to you. The greatest compliment you could possibly give us is the referral of your friends and family.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to call 799-9000 or e-mail

Amanda Howard Home Selling Team Real Estate Services

Thinking of selling or just curious to know your home’s approximate current market value? Click below:
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Thinking of buying? There's never been a better time! Rates are low and you have a wonderful selection. Click on : Find my Dream Home Today! We will send start to receive instant notification of new listings as they hit the market. Or, e-mail to contact our on-call Buyer's Specialist.

We're proud to offer our customers the following services:
Agent On Call 9AM to 9PM, 7 Days A Week
365-Day Prospecting
Guaranteed Quick Response Time
Full-time Marketing, Listing, Closing, & Relocation Departments
We Market Your Home on 30+ Websites, Direct Mail, & Print Publications
Customized Website -24/7 Web Access to Sale of Your Home
Automatic Prospecting - Instant E-mail Notification of NEW Comparable Homes for Sale
Sales Attendant Checks Listings Weekly
Free Customer Moving Van
Trade-In Program
Rental Assistance
Interested in learning more about our comprehensive real estate services? Visit or e-mail to request our Buyer's Guide or our Marketing Plan.

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