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I am pleased to present you with the latest issue of Life@Home. Delivered to home buyers, sellers and owners on a monthly basis, this electronic newsletter is designed to give you the real estate information that is important to you. In each issue, you will find practical tips and articles related to buying, selling or owning a home, as well as the latest news on real estate trends. I hope that you enjoy this issue of Life@Home. If I can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me. Patricia Provost
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Federal Tax Credits Available for First-Time Homebuyers

Federal tax credits enacted by Congress in early 2009 will be important for many first-time homebuyers.

The credit was designed to stimulate buying activity and help get the housing market moving again.and early indications show it is doing exactly that. In February alone, a record 844,000 prospective homebuyers visited a site set up by the National Association of Home Builders (FederalHousingTaxCredit.com) to learn about the new $8,000 tax credit.

Here are some of the details about the new tax credit:
  • A "first-time homebuyer" is defined as someone who has not owned a principal residence during the three-year period prior to the purchase. For married couples, both spouses' ownership history is considered.
  • It does not have to be repaid as long as you don.t sell the home for at least three years.
  • The actual amount of the credit is 10 percent of a home.s purchase price, up to a maximum of $8,000.
  • To obtain the credit, you must close on a home between Jan. 1, 2009 and Nov. 30, 2009.
  • The full credit is available to single taxpayers with incomes up to $75,000 and married couples with incomes up to $150,000. For those making more, the credit is reduced or eliminated.
  • The house must be your principal residence. It can be either a new house or a resale.
Remember, any house that will be used as a principal residence will qualify for the credit, so that includes not only single-family homes, but townhomes, condominiums, mobile homes and even houseboats. But strict time limits apply! You won.t want to miss this opportunity.
 
12 Tips to Slash Your Energy Bill.

 

According to the U.S. Department of Energy www1.eere.energy.gov/consumer/tips/save_energy.html, a typical American family spends about $1,900 a year on home utility bills. But you can save energy-and money-with these tips to make your home more energy-efficient.

  • Get a home energy survey from your local utility. Many will do a free analysis of your home and provide specific ways to save money on your utility bill.
  • Replace old furnaces and air conditioners with newer ones that are more energy efficient.
  • Install programmable thermostats.
  • Swap light bulbs for compact fluorescent bulbs bearing the Energy Star label.
  • Air dry dishes.
  • Turn off lights and ceiling fans when you leave a room.
  • Turn off computers and TVs when they are not being used.
  • Plug home electronic devices into power strips, and turn them off when the equipment is not being used. These devices often have a "standby" mode that uses power even when they are off.
  • Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120° F.
  • Install a low-flow head on your shower. Opt for showers, not baths.
  • Only run the washer or dishwasher with full loads.
  • Purchase appliances that have the Energy Star label.

These tips can help you lower your energy use up to 25 percent, according to the DOE. That will not only save you money now, but reduced utility bills could also help you command a higher price for your home when you sell.


 
 
Mortgage Rates Hit Record Lows

Housing affordability hit an all-time high in early April, as the average 30-year home loan slid to 4.78 percent, the lowest rate since Freddie Mac began tracking it in 1971. These low rates offer buyers unprecedented opportunities to save money on a new home.

 
 
Featured Listings:
 
5992 Stone Bridge Rd, Santa Rosa
3 bedroom - 3 bath
MLS# 20915959

Lovely Annadel home with many features including french doors, wood flooring, newer kitchen appliances with 5-burner gas cooktop, plantation shutters, and peaceful back and side yards with soothing waterfall. Oakmont is an active-adult 55+ community with swimming pools, golf, tennis, bocce ball, and much more in the Valley of the Moon Sonoma County wine country.
$569,000 - View Listing
 
 
249 Lorraine Court, Healdsburg
3 bedroom - 2 bath
MLS# 20915171

Stunning custom home on a private hilltop setting with panoramic views. Single level living, dramatic entry leads to large living room with fireplace, formal dining room opens to gourmet kitchen, large master suite with lavish bath, 2 oversized guest rooms, 5-car garage, lower level bonus area could be converted to apartment or au pair unit, wine room custom landscaping, large patio with fountain, privacy and more. For more information call Martin Levy @ 707-303-3333.
$1,375,000 - View Listing
 
 

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