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Huntington Beach 4 Bedroom Pool Home For Sale

This is a very nice 4 bedroom + 2 bathroom, one level Home For Sale in Huntington Beach.

It’s located a short distance north of Huntington Central Park, the main Huntington Beach Library, the Huntington Beach Equestrian Center, and a short drive to the beach.

This home is ideally positioned on a desirable interior cul de sac street, and it’s in move-in ready condition.

Listed at $585,000.

Buying Costs Are High in Monaco, or…So You Thought Buying Costs Were High in The OC?

How difficult is the property purchase process in Monaco [France]?

Monaco ’s prime residential real estate market is in Monte Carlo, which is famous for its Place Du Casino. The most prestigious area is the Carre D’Or” (Square of Gold) around the Place Du Casino. Prices drop by between ten and fifteen percent as one heads east or west of this point. Fontveille, an economical and industrial district, has a supplementary discount due to its less noble access, although the fact that the environment is constantly evolving assures a similar evolution in perceived values .

Much of the available property in Monaco and Monte Carlo is apartments, from small studios to large luxury triplexes and penthouses. Those overlooking the harbor and Formula 1 circuit are naturally more expensive. There is also a selection of luxury villas and beautiful townhouses and these are even more valuable .

Acquiring property in Monaco is quite straightforward. There are no restrictions on foreigners. You will need the services of a public notary to ensure that the terms of agreement are accurate and conform to the law.

The purchase usually takes place in two stages :

  1. Signing the contract; and
  2. Executing the transfer deed before the notary.

On signature of the contract, the buyer is generally asked to pay a deposit of 10% of the price, which may be held by the notary or the estate agent.

The purchaser of real estate may be asked to sign an offer or a pre-contract. This is common practice particularly in a buoyant real estate market. There is no consumer credit or “cooling off” principle which entitles you to reconsider a hasty purchase and recover your deposit.

Footnotes to Transaction Costs Table

The round trip transaction costs include all costs of buying and then re-selling a property – lawyers’ fees, notaries’ fees, registration fees, taxes, agents’ fees, etc.

Registration fee:
Registration fees are imposed at 7.5% (6.5% for registration and 1% for entry) of selling price or market value, whichever is higher.

VAT:
For properties that are either new or under construction, registration fee is 20.6% VAT plus 1% entry.

Notary fees:
Notary fees plus supplementary expenses such as copies and stamps range from 1.5% to 2.5%.

Estate agent’s commission:
Real estate agent’s commission is paid by both parties, 5% (plus 20.6% VAT) for the seller and 3% (plus 20.6% VAT) for the buyer.

First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit 2010

Frequently Asked Questions About the First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit

The Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 has extended the tax credit of up to $8,000 for qualified first-time home buyers purchasing a principal residence. The tax credit now applies to sales occurring on or after January 1, 2009 and on or before April 30, 2010.   However, in cases where a binding sales contract is signed by April 30, 2010, a home purchase completed by June 30, 2010 will qualify.

For sales occurring after November 6, 2009, the Act establishes income limits of $125,000 for single taxpayers and $225,000 for married couples filing joint returns.

The income limits for sales occurring on or after January 1, 2009 and on or before November 6, 2009, are $75,000 for single taxpayers and $150,000 for married taxpayers filing joint returns.

The following questions and answers provide basic information about the tax credit. If you have more specific questions, we strongly encourage you to consult a qualified tax advisor or legal professional about your unique situation.

For the rest of the story, click on http://www.federalhousingtaxcredit.com/faq1.php

Newport Beach & Orange County, CA Traditional Real Estate Market Trends-March 2010

*The sellers of a 1,600 square-foot, 2-bedroom, 2-bath condominium want to move up. They have $200,000 in equity and an outstanding loan amount of $200,000 at 6%. The move-up seller’s monthly payment is $1935.77 including principal and interest, $1,199 .10; property tax, $366.67; and homeowners fee, $370.

For only a few hundred dollars more a month, these move-up sellers can purchase a newer 2,200-square-foot, 4-bedroom, 3-bath home for $550,000.have been lost in a little over two years.

Here’s how… (To read the full and current post of Orange County market trends of attached and detached homes with numerous CHARTS,  click on the following link.)

http://bit.ly/OCTraditionalMarketReport-March2010

Newport Beach & Orange County Real Estate Upscale Market Report for March 2010

Upscale Real Estate Market Reports for Newport Beach, Laguna Beach and all of Orange County, California:

One of the bright spots of the economy is the rise in economic indicators for the last ten months. But in January 2010, five of the ten indicators that rose weren’t the ones the
economy is watching most closely. Jobs, money supply, building permits and capital goods ordered all declined.

The home building industry posted its first production gains in years in January, but new home units are still 75% below where they were at the peak of the housing market. Further
hampering construction recovery are the rising costs of lumber and any goods derived from oil.

That’s a good thing for California home sellers, whose properties don’t need more competition. Foreclosed homes are being dumped on the market and selling at an average 28% discount (according to research by Zillow.com). This has driven housing prices to pre-boom levels.

What’s changed? Jobs – 8.4 million have been lost in a little over two years.

(To read the full post, click on the following link.)

http://bit.ly/OCUpscaleMarketReport-March2010

FHA Lifts 90-Day Anti-Flipping Waiting Period

Beginning Feb. 1, 2010,  housing regulators will suspend for one year a 90-day waiting period on property resales that it says has put FHA borrowers at a disadvantage in bidding on foreclosed properties.

The waiting period on FHA financing of resales was implemented in 2003 to protect the Federal Housing Administration’s mortgage insurance program from the impacts of home flipping. The policy did not apply to properties repossessed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, or state- and federally chartered financial institutions. In 2008, FHA lifted the 90-day waiting period on resales of all bank-owned (REO) properties.

Now, although many other conditions still apply, the waiting period is being lifted on all resales — including properties purchased and rehabbed by private investors.

Research shows that acquiring, rehabilitating and reselling properties to prospective homeowners often takes less than 90 days, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) said in announcing the change.

Some sellers of foreclosed properties have been reluctant to enter into contracts from potential FHA buyers because of the cost of holding a property for 90 days, and the risks that a vacant property would be vandalized, HUD said. Lifting the waiting period “will allow homes to resell as quickly as possible, helping to stabilize real estate prices and to revitalize neighborhoods and communities,” HUD said.

Lenders must have supporting documentation or a second appraisal if the sales price of a property increases by more than 20 percent from the seller’s acquisition cost, HUD said in publishing the waiver requirements. The waiver does not apply to the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) for purchase program.

Contributions from Inman News, Monday, January 18, 2010.

40 Things That May Matter to Your Business in 2010

40 Things that may matter to your business in 2010, and 100 things to watch in 2010.
http://tinyurl.com/2010-100Things2Watch