Archive for August, 2010

Lutar Bowl-A-Thon

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

September 18, 2010, 12:00 pm-5:00 pm at Cedar Lanes, 270 South Cedar Street, Imlay City, MI 48444.  Tickets $20.00 which includes 3 games of bowling, bowling shoes, 10 chances in silent auction.  Trophies will be given to: high & low scores for Men & Women.  Additional trophies for youth under 15 for high and low scores.  Call LUTAR at 810-664-0271 for details.

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Monday, August 16th, 2010

NAR: Homeownership, Stable Communities Linked
Home owners are more active in their communities, benefit from improved education opportunities, and report higher levels of self-esteem and happiness when compared to renters, according to leading research. A new report from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, Social Benefits of Homeownership and Stable Housing, explores the impact of stable housing and the positive social outcomes resulting from homeownership.

“Homeownership is in investment in your future – home is where we make memories, build our lives and feel comfortable and secure,” said Vicki Cox Golder. “Owning a home has long-standing government support in this country because homeownership benefits individuals and families, strengthens our communities, and is integral to our nation’s economy.”

NAR’s study identifies research from government, industry, and academia that identified the relationship between homeownership and stable communities. Home owners move far less frequently than renters, and therefore are embedded into the same neighborhood and community for a longer amount of time. This allows for social cohesion, ultimately resulting in social benefits and stronger communities.

“REALTORS® care as much about keeping families in their homes as they do about helping them find the home of their dreams,” said Golder. “Social benefits do not arise solely from ownership, but also from greater housing stability and social ties associated with less frequent moves among home owners.”

Several research studies cited in the NAR report have found that homeownership has a significant impact on educational achievement. For instance, the decision by teenage students to stay in school is higher for those raised by parents who are homeowners compared to those whose parents are renters. Access to economic and educational opportunities are also more prevalent in neighborhoods with high rates of homeownership. Furthermore, studies have shown that changing schools frequently due to moving impacts negatively a child’s educational outcome.

Civic participation is another social benefit resulting from homeownership and stable housing. Home owners are proven to be more politically active and are more likely to vote in local elections compared to renters. In addition, homeowners have a higher membership in voluntary organizations.

Studies have shown that home owners are more likely to believe that they can do things as well as anyone else, and they self-report higher ratings on their physical health. “The research shows that home owners report higher self-esteem and happiness than renters, resulting in better overall health, both physically and psychologically,” said Golder.

When it comes to property, home owners have more invested both financially and emotionally. Property crimes affect home owners directly, but nonviolent property crimes can impact the property values of the entire neighborhood. Therefore, home owners are more motivated to deter crime by forming and implementing voluntary crime-prevention programs. In addition, it is easier for home owners to recognize perpetrators in stable neighborhoods because of extensive social ties. Unstable neighborhoods often display social disorganization which can lead to higher levels of crime.

Along with protecting their home and neighborhood from crime, home owners spend more time and money maintaining their home than renters. Neighbors also influence other home owners to improve their property, resulting in a better overall quality of the community.

“Homeownership certainly contributes to positive social outcomes, but those outcomes are truly a result of stable housing communities,” said Golder. “With strong social ties and a cohesive community, home owners can enjoy not only the long-term financial benefit of owning a home, but also a more satisfying life – which is what’s really at the heart of the American Dream.”

Source: NAR

Get your Real Estate License, Class starts in September

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

RES 101-Real Estate fundamentals, is a highly successful course specifically designed to provide each student with the information necessary to: !. Pass the license exam and 2. Enter real estate sales with a better understanding of the intricacise of the business. The class will be held at the Lapeer & Upper thumb Association of REALTORS, 208 E. Genesee Street, Lapeer, Mi September 20, 22, 27, 29, October 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20 from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. the cost including text & materials $245.00. Call LUTAR at 810.664.0271 for more details.

Buyers Should Shop for the Best Rate

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Anyone shopping for a new mortgage these days should shop around, says Cameron Findlay, chief economist for LendingTree.

Although mortgage rates look astoundingly low, the spread between what the bank receives and what it pays investors has actually increased, giving banks more room to negotiate.

Applicants with good credit scores should aggressively seek the best rates they can find by comparison shopping, starting with the bank they usually do business with.

Source: The New York Times, Jennifer Saranow Schultz (07/17/2010)