Thursday, October 29, 2009

SPOOKY MEDIA today on Extension of Tax Credit: True or False?

Hey it is Halloween, my favorite time of the year! Do ghosts exists? How about vampires? Do you believe in the Lake Champlain Loch Ness Monster?

How about the extension of the first time home buyer tax credit? The media reported today that it has been extended! Do you believe it? Skeptical? Well good for you. Here are the facts:

Despite the recent news announcements today, the REALITY is that the Tax Credit has NOT been voted on. According to the National Association of Realtors and our Principal Broker at Coldwell Banker Hickok and Boardman, Annemarie Daniels, the Tax Credit has not been voted on. Here are the FACTS:

Senate leaders of both parties, key Senate Finance Committee members
> and staff, and the homebuyer tax credit sponsors Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), Sen.
> Joe Lieberman (I-CT, and Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA), have reached an
> agreement on extending and expanding the housing tax credit. However,
> right now, there is no agreement on how to attach this tax credit to
> the pending Unemployment Insurance bill, or whether to offer the tax
> credit agreement as an amendment to another bill, or whether to bring
> the agreement to the Senate floor and vote upon it as a separate,
> stand alone bill.
> After Senate action - if passed - the legislation must still go to the
> House of Representatives for consideration. There are still a number
> of steps to take before anything is final. We will continue to keep
> you updated as we receive additional information.

In the meantime, while we wait for the facts to be sorted out, I do believe in one thing, HOPE!!!!

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Recent news on extension of 1st time home buyer tax credit...perhaps this week!!

Today we learn that the 1st time home buyer tax credit may be extended this week...with a phase out schedule. Click here to read more.

Monday, October 12, 2009

How do I search for an Auspicious house using feng shui?

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Not all homes are created equal in Feng Shui. Your house is directly affected by its location as well as the surrounding homes, water, roads, fields, cemetaries, etc. So what should you look for when searching for a home that you hope will provide you with years of good fortune?

1. Read my last article on Feng Shui to be sure that you find a home that sits in your wealth direction. You definitely don't want to move into a home that sits in your total loss direction! I've experienced this in the past and the results can be devastating (break ups, financial loss, etc). You may also reflect on your life and recall a time when a certain house you lived in was disastrous to your well other words, everything went wrong while you lived there??

2. In general, water surrounding a home can be auspicious (but not always, depending on where the water is located). Typically, water in front of a home is better than water behind the home however this is very complicated so be sure to look into this further. For example, you never want water to the right of the door (inside the home looking out) as this creates infidelity from the male figure in the home and often leads to divorce or separation. I sold a home recently where there was a bird bath to the right of the home while exiting the house. I told my clients during the final walk thru to remove it after closing and I told them my suspicions. Sure enough, we learned at the closing that the couple was getting a divorce. My clients learned that day that not only can I get them the house they want...but I can ensure them how to remain happy together in it!

3. Make sure to scan the property to look for neighboring properties...are they in good condition? Do they have roof lines or edges/corners of building aimed at your home? If so, this is not good as they are considered to be "poison arrows" and can bring trouble to members of your home. Also make sure that your house doesn't sit at the end of a road directly (with road ending at a dead end).

4. It is not a good idea to buy a home that is lower than the ground (or sitting lower than the road). Typically, you want your home to be on a hill overlooking other properties and roads.

5. Open fields are auspicious next to your home. And mountains located in a certain position (similar to water, this needs to be looked into further for accuracy...compass readings are crucial for this).

6. Finally, the number of your home is important. For this, I suggest you look into numerology. But basically, because we are in period 8 (until 2024), any house numbers that add up to the number 8 is considered VERY Auspicious. For example, if your house number is 26, this is an auspicious home because 2+6=8.

As always, I am happy to help you. Feel free to email me at if you have questions about your house or want to learn what homes for sale out there right now I consider to be AUSPICIOUS!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Will the first time home buyer tax credit be extended? Watch video for update

The word it out, we are continuing to push for an extension of the first time home buyer tax credit for another year. According to the statistics, 1.4 million people have already taken advantage of it. 375,000 would have not bought without it!

Our principal broker, Leslee MacKenzie at Coldwell Banker Hickok and Boardman Realty states that in our company alone, over half of the purchasers this year were first time home buyers. There is enough evidence out there to suggest that it is working...will it be enough to convince the need for an extension?
For more info, watch this video