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The Keller Williams Family Welcomes Dubai

Pictured, left to right: Keller Williams Worldwide President Chris Heller with Werner Burger of KW Dubai

The Keller Williams family welcomes Dubai as the newest member of KW Worldwide.

Plans have been announced to open a franchise in Dubai, the newest of over a dozen countries in which Keller Williams Realty – the largest real estate company in North America – operates.

Operating Principal for KW Dubai Werner Burger says, “We’re excited to bring the proven models and systems of Keller Williams to real estate agents and clients in Dubai.  Keller Williams is the real estate industry’s leader in training and technology and Dubai is one of the fastest-growing, most dynamic real estate markets in the world. In many ways, the Middle East is still in the startup phase when it comes to selling real estate. Keller Williams, with its agent-centric principles, will revolutionize the market, just as it has in the United States and Canada.”

Master franchise agreements for Keller Williams exist in dozens of countries, including Austria, Germany, Indonesia, South Africa, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK and Vietnam. After a record-breaking year for growth, productivity and profitability, we’re on pace to become the largest real estate franchise by agent count, transactions, and volume all across the world!

Read more:  KW Worldwide.

Interested in joining Keller Williams?  Contact me today!

Gap Between Renting and Buying Costs is Closing in U.S.

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The gap between renting and buying is narrowing across the U.S., down 8% from last year.

Home ownership is 38% cheaper than renting, although the numbers do vary slightly depending on your region.  Owning is only 5% cheaper than renting in Honolulu, but is 66% cheaper in Detroit.

Even though home prices have been on the rise, low mortgage rates have continued to make home ownership a better financial decision.

Owning a home will continue to be cheaper than renting until interest rates reach 10.6%.

Why wait?  Start your home search today at Rosemary Sells Tampa!

Read more:  Property Wire

This Month in Real Estate: April 2014

Median Home Price:  $189,000

Average 30-year Fixed Mortgage Rate: 4.32%

This month’s video focuses on buying a home in a seller’s market.

To begin your home search today, visit Rosemary Sells Tampa!

This Month in Real Estate: March 2014

Home prices are down 4.5% from last month, but are still 11% higher than they were from the same month last year.

The average national rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage is at 4.33%.

Inventory is now at the lowest since 2005, so we’re experiencing a seller’s market.  This means that if you’re a buyer, you need to get pre-qualified from a mortgage company before looking at homes, and if you’re a seller, you need to be listed at the right price.

For more details, watch the video above, and if you’re ready to buy or sell a home, or you have some questions regarding the process, please contact me at Rosemary Sells Tampa!


Property Virgins is Coming to Tampa Bay

Egypt Sherrod from Property Virgins

Are you a property virgin?  Are you looking to buy your first home in the Tampa Bay area?

You’re in luck!  Egypt Sherrod and Property Virgins are coming to Tampa Bay and they want to help you find your dream home!

They’re looking for first time buyers who are planning to purchase a home during the March to June 2014 time frame.

If you’re interested in appearing on the show, please contact me at Rosemary Sells Tampa!

Enter to Win $50,000 by Downloading My App!

Enter to win $50,000!  Text KW2B3CSU8 to 87778 to get the app and enter the agent code KW2B3CSU8 when prompted!

What is it?

A free home search app for iPhones, iPads, and Androids.

What can it do?

With the app, you can search for over 4 million homes across the U.S. and Canada.

The best part?  You can do a search for “nearby homes” and “nearby rentals” that are near your location.  You can then get driving or walking directions to any property you pick!

Plus, you can see large, color photos, you can save your favorites and even make notes on them.  You can email and text your favorites, and you can send them to Facebook and Twitter, too.  There’s even a mortgage calculator!

And if you have any questions at all, you can email and text me right from the app!

How do you win $50,000?

Download the free app and enter the contest by clicking on “Enter to Win $50,000” once you’re in the app.

How do you get it?

Text KW2B3CSU8 to 87778 to get the app, and enter in my agent code (KW2B3CSU8) when prompted, so I’ll be able to help you with any questions you may have!

Or, scan the QR Code below, and add in KW2B3CSU8 when prompted.

You can also get the app from the Keller Williams website.

Good luck!

Florida Consumer Confidence Rises | Sell Your House Now!

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Floridian’s consumer confidence is rising.

In November, it was reported that consumers now feel that they’re better off financially then they were before, and now is a good time to buy high-ticket items.

Now is a great time to sell your house!

If you’ve been on the fence about making a decision as to whether or not to list your house right now, check out 5 Reasons to List Your Home During the Holidays.

Read more about the survey at Florida Realtors.

Got a home to sell in Tampa Bay?  Get advice at Rosemary Sells Tampa!

Americans are Moving Again

New U.S. Census data from 2012 shows that Americans are moving again.

Domestic migration, with people moving across counties, was at a steady high rate of 16.9 million people, but the long-distance interstate moves accounted for 7 million of those, which is up nearly 5% from two years earlier.

And a lot of those people are heading to Florida.

Things had slowed down during the recession, but now, the Census data shows that some northern cities, like Baltimore and New York are seeing a decrease in residents, whereas area like Miami-Fort Lauderdale and Las Vegas are seeing significant increases.

In fact, home-building rates in Miami-Fort Lauderdale rose 67% last years, which was an 87% increase over 2011.

But it’s not just a great time for new home builders.  It’s a great time to sell your home all over Florida, especially because the inventory is still so low in many places.

Read the rest of the story, and see all the stats, at News 10 ABC.

(photo:  maralina! on Flickr)

This Month in Real Estate: November 2013

Median home prices are at $199,200, which is a 10.7% increase over last year, and the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate is at 4.28%.

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Florida Flood Rate Hikes Possibly on Hold

Florida Flood Insurance Rate Hikes May Be Delayed For Up To 4 Years

Image: Fox 13

Fox 13 announced this week that our government is proposing a relief legislation to put a hold on the new risk-rated premiums for up to four years.

Apparently, in 2012, when Congress decided that the National Flood Insurance Program should pay for itself, they didn’t have any real world examples of what this would cost homeowners.

As we are now painfully aware, the costs will be devastating to many Florida homeowners.

A hold on the rising rates comes as a great relief, although, at this time, that move is still in the proposal stage.

Watch the news clip and read more at Fox 13:  Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Delay Flood Insurance Hikes.

Do you have a house in the Tampa Bay area you’d like to put on the market?  Get advice at Rosemary Sells Tampa!