Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Monday Afternoon Latte

Happy Monday

Wow! It’s amazing how fast two weeks can fly by! This beautiful weather has certainly stirred up quite a bit of activity! From special Sales we are offering, to personalized home market watch (market snapshots), to BBQ, to What prices are selling in March…we have a lot of information to share with you!!!

We just closed out another amazing month in March and are preparing for a huge April! The Open Houses were out in full force this past weekend but this only created a small buzz. What creates a BIG statement? SALES! Everybody loves a Sale! If I could buy the shoes of my dreams for $100 today or $75 on Saturday, you better believe I’ll be there Saturday! With the tax credit coming to a close we recognize that there’s an incentive to get a contract written prior to April 30th due to all potential savings at stake. We also recognize TAX DAY is on the 15th. I’m sure most of you haven’t forgotten that magical date. For some, you’re excited about your rebate, for others of us, we’re groaning at what we have to pay. We empathize either way here at Amanda Howard Real Estate; which is why we created a SALE just for you! This weekend only We’re holding a “Last Chance Tax Credit Sale” for three (3) days only!!! See below for more details! We’re ALL really excited and gearing up for the amazing prices and happy purchases that are sure to follow!

Have you ever wondered what was going on with the Real Estate market in your neighborhood? What Mrs. Crabapple just went on the market for, and when Mr. Lorenzo sells, did he really get that much for his house? Well your wait is over! We put your tech savvy engineers to work double time to create a program that will allow YOU to watch and get alerts for any area you like! Read below for more details!

Last but not least, don’t forget the entertaining and education happenings in our area for the very near future! We have “Rock the Vote” this Thursday (Tax Day) April 15th at the Historic Huntsville Depot Roundhouse from 6:00-9:00pm. This is a fun and FREE event to encourage our young professionals ages 21-40 to get involved, ask questions, be informed, and register to vote! There will be many of the State Candidates, live reggae band, free food and beverages, as well as many fantastic door prizes! Then, there is the famous Whistle Stop Festival on Friday April 30th- 4pm-11pm & Sat May 1st 10am-11pm. It’s a delicious slice of Southern Life here in the Tennessee Valley! If you’ve never been, you don’t want to miss it!!! If you have been before, I can’t wait to see you there!

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

¯ Last Chance Tax Credit Sale!!! 3 days only!

¯ March 2010

¯ Customized Market Snapshot for YOU

¯ Tax Credit coming to a close…

"Last Chance Tax Credit Sale!"
Amanda Howard real estate is offering a one time sale!

3 DAYS ONLY, Saturday-Monday; APRIL 17th , 18TH , & 19th !

We have only a short amount of time left before the First-Time Home Buyer and Move-Up Buyer Tax Credits are gone so we have decided to do everything we can to help all our potential buyers to take advantage of this great program.

The weekend of April 17-19th, we would like to reduce the price of selected listings to a one-time, reduced sale price for three days only. This will only be offered for one weekend only.

Let's face it, interest rates are at all time lows, home affordability is at the lowest is has been in years and the tax credits are expiring on April 30th. I know many of our sellers are excited about the promotion and the idea of selling their home. What a great opportunity for you, as a buyer, to get a house on sale and still get the tax credit!

With the purchase of one of our homes participating in this weekends SALE you will receive a Free Home Warranty from Home Warranty of America, courtesy of Amanda Howard Real Estate!

Watch the Monday Morning Coffee Newsletter for our upcoming ads, check back on the website for participating properties and be sure to give us a call for participating homes!

Of course, once the sale is over, it is over. There is no guarantee that we will see these homes offered at these prices again!

You won't want to miss this sale!

However, if you can't wait and need a sneak peek at the low, low prices....give us a call at 256.799.9000

March 2010

Month stats by area

Price distribution list of homes Sold for March 2010

Amanda Howard Real Estate Offers Market Snapshot
Do you want to receive a monthly report with all the sales activity in your community?

Market Snapshot is a new bonus that Amanda Howard Real Estate is offering to our friends and clients. It provides information about active, pending, and sold listings in your neighborhood from the past 90 days. The information comes directly from the Multiple Listing Service and the report is delivered via e-mail every month!

To receive Market Snapshot, please e-mail and place in the subject : Market Snapshot

OR Register yourself at Amanda Howard Real Estates Market Snapshot

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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