Ayaayayay, we are in trouble.
In Pinellas County, specifically the beaches along the barrier islands from Clearwater Beach, St Pete Beach, the housing market is strong and prices continue to rise.
Forecast for housing and the economy suggest gradual improvement thru 2015.
National Flood Insurance Program Effective May 1
April 30, 2014
Effective May 1, 2014, all buyers of older properties (“pre-FIRM”) will see a premium rate reduction under the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014.
Instead of jumping to “full cost” for flood insurance, buyers will assume the seller’s Oct-2013 rate for a pre-FIRM property.
NAR prevailed upon FEMA to implement this provision seven months early. FEMA also extended the rate relief so all pre-FIRM properties (including the second homes and businesses) will begin paying Oct-2013 rates when they purchase or renew their flood insurance after May 1, including:
• ALL buyers of a pre-FIRM property, not just those whose seller has an existing policy;
• ALL recent owners who apply for a new flood insurance policy on a pre-FIRM property;
• ALL recent owners who reinstate an old pre-FIRM policy that previously lapsed for any reason;
• ALL recent owners who renew a policy on a pre-FIRM property bought or newly insured after the 2012 Biggert-Waters law.
While expediting the rate relief, FEMA must still issue refunds to all those who paid more than their Oct-2013 rate.
NAR will continue working with FEMA and Congress to quickly issue these refunds to anyone overcharged for flood insurance under Biggert-Waters.
Source: National Association of Realtors
Being a homeowner is the smart way to go from a financial point of view, and a source of pride. But it requires work, care and maintenance must be carefully given to your home on an ongoing basis. Use your tax refund to make those repairs you’ve been putting of, or to spruce up the look and feel of the place you call home. Here are a few ideas…….http://www.zillow.com/blog/tax-refund-home-improvements-145743/
If you have been contemplating the idea of buying a home, or investing in another property, don’t wait any longer. Prices, as well as interest rates are going up. I’m here to help, are you ready?
Start searching for your next home, you may be able to buy now, before prices and/or interest rates go up.