Monday, March 22, 2010

Monday Morning Coffee

Happy Monday!

Is it time for a change? Please see below before I jump into the weekly market update.
Last but not least I’d like you to do me a favor. I want YOUR opinion! This will take (quite literally) One minute of your time. That’s it! I love keeping in touch with you, I love to reflect on the Real Estate market at hand and share what’s happening in the wild world of Real Estate. I want to hear from YOU on how we can better help you or answer your questions. HOWEVER, I do not ever want to bombard your e-mail inbox with loads of mail in this day and age where we all get tons of junk e-mails. You know these are personally from me, but even I can get wordy sometimes.

Please follow the link below to poll:

Do you want me to remain sending you weekly e-mail market updates?

Do you want to receive bi-weekly updates?

OR Would you rather receive Monthly Reflections on our Real Estate market?
Your opinion matters! Please let me know today and I will post the decision!

Spring Break is over!!!
Did the cold weather really have to come back? It’s as if the weather is as sad as the kids to get back to school this morning!

I’m super excited to be back! I missed everyone here at home, and the office was buzzing with the excitement and positive attitudes of everyone here. I arrived at 8:00am and we already had 3 people at the office! We typically don’t start until 8:30am so you can really tell just HOW excited we are here at Amanda Howard Real Estate! Real Estate is selling and we have lots of buyers searching for that perfect home…Spring is here, and the beautiful weather is just around the corner!

One piece of positive LOCAL NEWS I’d like to highlight that I heard about upon my return was, according to a report compiled by Moody’s, one of the premier bond rating companies in the world, the Huntsville Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which includes Madison and Limestone Counties, is the No.1 safest metro for a positive return on investment. Additionally, Huntsville and other Alabama metros ranked near the top in forecasts on employment growth. Huntsville ranked No.2. If you missed the full article just let me know and I’m happy to send it onto you!

Have a awesome 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

¯ February 2010 Summaries

¯ Tax Credit coming to a close…

¯ In the News with Amanda Howard Real Estate

February 2010
Summaries of Price Points Selling and Area price Sales

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's 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 at

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