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Congress Extends & Expands the Home Buyer Tax Credit

After seeing a Senate vote of 98-0, the House approved the extension & expansion of the home buyer tax credit by a vote of 403 to 12.  The overwhelming bipartisan support was applauded by the NAHB and the National money-pocket-home-buyer-tax-creditAssociation of Realtors® (NAR).

The new bill extends the expiration of the current $8000 tax credit to first time home buyers purchasing a principle residence.  The bill further expands the credit to include existing purchasers who have owned and occupied a primary residence for the past five of eight years.  Existing purchasers will receive a credit of $6500.

The income restrictions on qualifying buyers have also been increased.  Single filers earning up to $125k/year are eligible for the full credit, and those earning up to $145k/year are eligible for a partial credit.  Joint filers are eligible for the full amount with a combined income of up to $225k, and eligible for a partial if earning up to $245k.

The new law has seen wide support, especially from the real estate blogging community. Continue reading this post

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Posted by: Eric Bramlett on November 9th, 2009 under Buying or Selling a Home, Financing, Mortgage and Home Loans

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Spot Max! Orange Gorilla Cruising Around San Diego

With summertime here, Max decided to hit the surf and cruise around sunny San Diego, California, in a truck that could fit all his surf boards.

starbucksBy November, when the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Annual Conference is scheduled, Max will be very familiar with the area!

Have you seen Max on the road?

Let us know and you’ll receive a cute and cuddly Max gorilla of your own!

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Posted by: Jessica Gopalakrishnan on June 29th, 2009 under Max

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Max Hits the Road in New York

Max, the orange HomeGain Gorilla, is taking a spin around the streets of New York. Max is on a Find a Realtor/What’s My Home Worth? tour that encourages New Yorkers to find and compare New York Realtors or to look up home prices on HomeGain’s instant home valuation tool. This is Max’s first motor tour since hitting the streets or San Francisco and Phoenix last year.

Max’s driver, Hoke Wolliz, is handing out free Home Sale Maximizer brochures,  a useful tool for anyone planning to sell their home.

If you spot Max, let us know!

Better yet, send us a photo of the “Max Mobile” and we’ll send you a Max gorilla of your own.

Next up for Max: San Diego, California — Max will be visible there this Fall in anticipation of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) Annual Conference and Expo.

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Posted by: Louis Cammarosano on June 5th, 2009 under Home Prices, Home Values, HomeGain, Max

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Are you a Professional Voice in Your Local Market?

At the end of March, I was fortunate to be asked to be a guest on a national radio show called The Takeaway. There is an accompanying blog post here and you can listen to the 8 minute radio interview from there. As fun as it might be to be a part of a radio show, I wouldn’t have done this if not for the basic premise that differed from much of what we hear from the media.

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The premise here was that the market is shifting — for the better. The interview came because of another blog post I wrote that was picked up in the research of a national reporter showing something different than what we hear from most “media” sources. Basically, some professional insight backed up with statistics that shows something different than the gloom and doom we hear which is partially fueling the perception problems many of us are seeing in the market today.

What I’m really trying to say is that we are our local experts and when we take the time to articulate the information and experience that we have, we can make a difference and with the mindset of many buyers today, we need all the help we can give to each other! We are the professionals in our market and we need to actively participate in the dialogue lest we spend our time complaining rather than helping the cause.

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Posted by: Ryan Ward on May 5th, 2009 under Blogging and Social Networking, Motivation

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Best of NAR 2008 Videos

HomeGain looks forward to visiting with its customers and meeting new Realtors from around the world each year at the National Association of Realtors® Conference & Expo. In 2008, the NAR trade show was held in Orlando, Florida. Many real estate agents were delighted to win the featured prize, Max, the HomeGain gorilla, and speak to our cameras.

Thank you to all of our video participants! We look forward to seeing everyone again next year.

Bethanne Baer
Coldwell Banker
Orlando, FL
AgentEvaluator Platinum Club

Bob Kimball
Keller Williams Excellence
Timonium, MD
AgentEvaluator Platinum Club

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Posted by: Jessica Gopalakrishnan on December 12th, 2008 under HomeGain

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MAX a Hit at NAR Again

Thousands of real estate professionals descended upon the HomeGain booth to learn about HomeGain.

On Saturday and Sunday Mitch Ribak and Joe Ferrara participated in our “Meet the Experts” program.

Joe gave blogging tips to visitors to the HomeGain booth and Mitch talked about how to use HomeGain’s Buyerlink in connection with capturing and converting leads.

From Friday until Monday, Realtors lined up to win their own Max and to pick up a Max button.

 

We will have a complete report on NAR later this week.

Here is Max hanging around on Friday afternoon waiting for the show to begin!

 

What were your thoughts about the NAR Convention & Expo this year in Orlando, Florida?

 

Louis Cammarosano

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Posted by: Louis Cammarosano on November 10th, 2008 under HomeGain, Max, Real Estate Trade Shows

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