IRS Warns Taxpayers to Beware of First-Time Homebuyer Credit Fraud

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced its first successful prosecution related to fraud involving the first-time homebuyer credit and warned taxpayers to beware of this type of scheme.

On Thursday July 23, 2009, a Jacksonville, Fla.-tax preparer, James Otto Price III, pled guilty to falsely claiming the first-time homebuyer credit on a client’s federal tax return. Price faces the possibility of up to three years in jail, a fine of as much as $250,000, or both.

for the full story on the IRS credit fraud

New Truth In Lending Rules can cause a 3 day delay for closing

New Truth In Lending Rules for Mortgages
Here are the new rules for TIL (truth in lending) forms for all mortgages applied for after July 30th, 2009.

• The “early” TIL disclosures must be delivered or placed in the mail not later than 3 business days after the creditor receives the consumer’s written application, and at least 7 business days before consummation of the transaction. This is a new “waiting period.”

“business days” do not include Saturday or Sunday. Similar to attorney review.

• If the annual percentage rate (“APR”) on the disclosure becomes inaccurate, by increasing or decreasing changes by more than 1/8 (.125%), the creditor must now make corrected disclosures to the consumer with a revised APR. The consumer must receive the corrected disclosures no later than 3 business days before consummation.

What does this mean?

If any of the fees change on the final settlement statement to a great extent compared to the GFE (good faith estimate) that was signed by the borrower at time of application (increase OR decrease in fees), a new TIL(truth in lending) disclosure will have to be generated and you have to wait 3 more days before you can close.

So a lender can’t have a higher or lower rate by more than .125% at closing AND the lender fees can’t go up or down by more than a couple of hundred bucks or you will have to wait another 3 days. Lender credits of any significant amount will cause a 3-day delay, even if it benefits the buyer.

for more highlights on this new rule

New Truth In Lending Rules for Mortgages may result in 3 day delay to closing

New Truth In Lending Rules for Mortgages
Here are the new rules for TIL (truth in lending) forms for all mortgages applied for after July 30th, 2009.

• The “early” TIL disclosures must be delivered or placed in the mail not later than 3 business days after the creditor receives the consumer's written application, and at least 7 business days before consummation of the transaction. This is a new “waiting period.”

“business days” do not include Saturday or Sunday. Similar to attorney review.

• If the annual percentage rate (“APR”) on the disclosure becomes inaccurate, by increasing or decreasing changes by more than 1/8 (.125%), the creditor must now make corrected disclosures to the consumer with a revised APR. The consumer must receive the corrected disclosures no later than 3 business days before consummation.

What does this mean?

If any of the fees change on the final settlement statement to a great extent compared to the GFE (good faith estimate) that was signed by the borrower at time of application (increase OR decrease in fees), a new TIL(truth in lending) disclosure will have to be generated and you have to wait 3 more days before you can close.

So a lender can’t have a higher or lower rate by more than .125% at closing AND the lender fees can’t go up or down by more than a couple of hundred bucks or you will have to wait another 3 days. Lender credits of any significant amount will cause a 3-day delay, even if it benefits the buyer.

for more highlights on this new rule

Are We There Yet? Have we reached bottom?

“How’s the market”? Are we there yet? That is the question that I get asked the most. In Rumson, the price ranges that are currently selling the most are $500,000 – $600,000 and over $2M Homes and under $3million and anything over $3 million is still taking longer. The luxury market always takes longer in any market.

The Average sold price in Monmouth County is $471,501 with 105 days on the market.
for more statistical information you can go to my website www.monmouthmarketwatch.com

Rates remain low, inventory is still high, so plenty of choices, and with some very motivated sellers It is a GREAT time to buy.

For first time buyers or if you have not owned a home for the past three years the $8000 credit is good until December 1st, 2009. Use it.
The second most asked questions – “Have we hit bottom”? “When will we hit bottom?”

“I don’t know’, and guess what neither does anyone else!!.
I do sense the buyer confidence is on the rise and that we appear to be leveling off. This does not mean that prices will suddenly go back up, as with any cycle it takes a long time for the cycle to complete.

Therefore, my advice to the seller who is thinking of waiting- you might have to wait for several years just to get back to where we were 2 years ago.

For the buyer, I advise moving ahead at this time before mortgage rates move upward and change the affordability factor. Smart sellers have been moving with the market, pricing correctly the first time and selling quickly, freeing up equity to invest in other real estate.

Selecting a realtor is not like choosing a flavor of ice cream. Please consider the size of the transaction before deciding to place the responsibility upon a friend or acquaintance to represent you. In additon to intelligence and knowledge, look for integrity and ethics. Some agents do less transactions but with better results.

Even a good agent is only as good as their client allows them to be. In some cases the client ignores good advice and ends up selling for less later on. In some instances it may not be what the client wants to hear, but it is only when one has factual honest information the client can make informed decisions.

MOnmouth County Market Statistics

In The Northeast sales have increased by 13.% as compared to last year same time fram Jan thru June 11.6% however the sales price has declined 11.1% this year compared to last years decline of 10.5%
What this means is that the market is moving. People are buying and selling when the property is price to market!
here is a brief overview of inventory in the folowing towns single family only Jan 09 to June 09:

Monmouth County Statistics the Market IS Moving

In The Northeast sales have increased by 13.% as compared to last year same time fram Jan thru June 11.6% however the sales price has declined 11.1% this year compared to last years decline of 10.5%
What this means is that the market is moving. People are buying and selling when the property is price to market!
here is a brief overview of inventory in the folowing towns single family only Jan 09 to June 09: Download Junestat

Internet Real Estate Marketing vs Newspaper

 #1 Reason : The Internet serves Buyers over the entire world. Your Buyer, Mr. & Mrs. Seller may and will come from anywhere in the world. There are no limits.

50 Oak Place Fair Haven NJ For Sale

For Sale in River Oaks Fair Haven NJ

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Sellers Bang for your Buck Internet vs Newspaper

Print media, whether Newspaper or Magazine has a finite distribution. The numbers of copies printed are the entire Bang you get for your advertising dollar. The Sellers of real estate get only limited exposure via print media. They are not getting full exposure.

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