Ken and Michele Jones's Blog Posts

Ken and Michele Jones's Blog Posts

What To Do And NOT TO DO Once You Are Under Contract To Purchase A Home Before Closing
DO call us if you have any questionsDO continue living at your current residenceDO continue making your mortgage or rent paymentsDO continue to use your credit as normalDO keep wor...

Study How Does Real Estate Compare To Other Investments
Study: How does real estate compare to other investments?LOS ANGELES – May 29, 2018 – Millions of Americans who own rental homes count on the income they receive from rent but ...

No Bubble Yet But A Dearth Of Construction Could Hurt
No bubble yet – but a dearth of construction could hurtWASHINGTON – May 21, 2018 – An increase in housing supply is crucial to the health and sustainability of the real estat...

Question Pay Down Your Mortgage Or Invest
Have extra cash? Should you invest it or use it to pay down your mortgage? When you pre-pay part of your mortgage, you end up paying less in interest. But as a result, you als...

Mortgage Rates Fall For The First Time This Year
Mortgage rates fall for the first time this yearWASHINGTON (AP) – March 15, 2018 – Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week for the first time this year as the spring home ...

Some Buyers Will Lose Out If They Dont Act Now
Some buyers will lose out if they don't act nowCHICAGO – March 13, 2018 – Rising mortgage rates could have a big impact on the direction buyers go when shopping for real estate...

USDA Eligibility Maps Are Changing Important
I was updated yesterday by USDA Rural Development of Florida and they confirmed that the updated area eligibility maps are not yet ready to be published and this probably will not ...

More Counseling Happier Clients
Does anyone know the difference between a sales person and a counselor. I feel that we, Realtors, should shift from being Sales people, to being counselors. We are living...

Price Reduction On 13212 Parkhurst Circle Riverview
Price Reduced $10,000 to $210,00013212 PARKHURST CT$205,000 Single Family 3 Beds, 2 Baths, 1,668 Sqr Ft, Riverview Price Reduction33569 - Lovely community of boyette...

Bill To Sweeten Bright Futures Scholarship Sails Through Senate
Here's a link to the full articlehttp://www.tampabay.com/news/education/college/Bill-to-sweeten-Bright-Futures-scholarship-sails-through-Senate_164420818Nearly a decade since the l...

The Number One Reason To List Your House Today
The #1 Reason To List Your House Today! Many people believe that selling their house during “the spring buyers’ market” is the best thing to do. Th...

Tidewater Preserve Bradenton FL
Here's a link to a video that I posted on my Facebook page... This place is amazing!Let's go check out my listing!!!Here's the link to the video:https://www.facebook.com/realtorken...

Why Home Values Are Continuing To Increase
There are many unsubstantiated theories as to why home values are continuing to increase. From those who are worried that lending standards are again becoming too lenient (dat...

New Home Sales Jump Over 6 Percent In October
New-home sales jump 6.2% in OctoberWASHINGTON (AP) – Nov. 27, 2017 – Americans bought new homes in October at the fastest pace in a decade – a 6.2 percent monthly increase th...

More Older Millennials Live With Relatives
We have first time home buyer programs and many other options to help millennials and others realize their dream of home ownership! Please call me at 727.510.1624 or...

Happy Thanksgiving
Hope you're considering getting prequalified so we can help you find a home!!!!!Click here to get our preferred lender working for you!https://vandyk_mortgage_corporation.forminati...

Florida Housing Market Median Prices Up In 3Q 2017
Fla.’s housing market: Median prices up in 3Q 2017ORLANDO, Fla. – Nov. 2, 2017 – Florida's housing market in third quarter 2017 showed the impact of Hurricane Irma, which mad...

Driverless Cars Will Reshape Housing
Driverless cars will reshape housingNEW YORK – Oct. 27, 2017 – Self-driving cars (AVs) will have a big impact on the real estate industry, according to Rick Palacios Jr., direc...

How Much Does Solar Energy Add To A Homes Value
How much does solar energy add to a home’s value?TAMPA, Fla. – Oct. 27, 2017 – The U.S. Solar Market Value Report, a first-of-its-kind study, attempts to put a dollar value o...

Almost No Chance RE Prices Will Fall In 2 Florida Cities
Almost no chance RE prices will fall in 2 Fla. citiesORLANDO, Fla. – Oct. 27, 2017 – Orlando and Tampa are among the large U.S. markets least likely to see home prices fall in ...

Contractors Struggling To Find Workers As Construction Booms In Tampa
Contractors struggling to find workers as construction booms in TampaBy Amanda Ciavarri Published: October 23, 2017TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — According to Associated Gen...

New Home Sales Soar To Highest Level In A Decade
New home sales soar to highest level in a decadeWASHINGTON (AP) – Oct. 25, 2017 – Sales of new U.S. homes jumped last month to the highest level since October 2007, a sign that...

Housing Bubble Nowhere In Sight For US
Bubble? Nowhere in sight for U.S. housing marketGREENSBORO, N.C. – Oct. 24, 2017 – U.S. housing markets are expected to remain healthy through at least the end of 2018, with no...

If You Text TAMPAREADY To 888777 Then You Will Get Text Alerts About The Storm
If you text TAMPAREADY to 888-777, then you will get text alerts about the storm....

Hurricane Irma Comcast Wifi FREE Use Zello To Communicate
Please be safe and take precautions with Hurricane Irma approaching. If you need anything, please feel free to reach out. ALSO if the power and cellular service is unavailable, Com...

Call For Action Flood Insurance Ends
Call for Action: Flood insurance endsThe national flood program ends Sept. 30 if Congress doesn't act, so make your voice heard. MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD! consumers: Go to N...

Study FSBOs Net Significantly Lower Profits
Study: FSBOs net ‘significantly’ lower profitsNEW YORK – Aug. 21, 2017 – For-sale-by-owners (FSBOs) tend to sell their homes for lower prices than homes sold through tradit...

Six Reasons You Should Have A Summer Kitchen
One perk of living in the Sunshine State is that you can enjoy outdoor living year-round. Only the chilliest winter day (we do occasionally have one) may make you hesitate at the f...

Its Getting Easier To Qualify For A Mortgage
It’s getting easier to qualify for a mortgageNEW YORK – Aug. 8, 2017 – Thanks in part to rising home prices, some mortgage lenders are loosening their underwriting standards ...

Study In Florida Owning Beats Renting
Study: In Fla., owning beats rentingLOS ANGELES – July 27, 2017 – Arizona, Nevada and Washington, D.C. are among the 11 states where it's more affordable to rent than it is to ...

IF YOUR HOME HASNT SOLD YET DEFINITELY CHECK THE PRICE
If Your Home Hasn’t Sold YetDefinitely Check The Price!The residential housing market has been hot. Home sales have bounced back solidly and are now at their fourth highest ...

Ever Wondered If You Can Finance Property That Has A Mobile Home Or Manufactured Home On It HEREs Wh
A manufactured home needs to meet the below requirements for insurance:   **The buyer needs to get insurance secured prior to ordering the appraisal. We ne...

Federal Reserve To Congress More Rate Hikes On The Way
Federal Reserve to Congress: More rate hikes on the wayWASHINGTON (AP) – July 10, 2017 – The Federal Reserve said Friday it expects the U.S. economy will strengthen and warrant...

Fla Economist States Economy Will Top 1 Trillion Next Year
Fla. economist: State’s economy will top $1 trillion next yearORLANDO, Fla. – July 7, 2017 – University of Central Florida (UCF) Economist Sean Snaith predicts that Florida's...

Affordable Housing Americans Want Help Getting In
Affordable housing: Americans want help getting inWASHINGTON – June 22, 2017 – Most Americans and Canadians say their nations aren't doing enough to address and solve affordabl...

Congress Tackling Flood Insurance Extension
Congress tackling flood insurance extensionWASHINGTON – June 22, 2017 – The House Financial Services Committee concluded a markup on multiple pieces of legislation to...

Long Term Mortgage Rates Down Slightly This Week
Long-term mortgage rates down slightly this weekWASHINGTON (AP) – June 22, 2017 – Long-term U.S. mortgage rates dropped slightly this week.Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the b...

Port Tampa Bay Approves Demolition Of Part Of Channelside Bay Plaza
Port Tampa Bay approves demolition of part of Channelside Bay Plaza Justine Griffin, Times Staff Writer Tuesday, June 20, 2017 10:09am ...

Gov Scott Signs Renewable Energy Bill
Gov. Scott signs renewable energy billTALLAHASSEE, Fla. – June 19, 2017 – Gov. Rick Scott signed 13 bills late Friday, including a measure supported by Florida Realtors that wi...

What Paint Color Nets Sellers 3496 More At Closing
What paint color nets sellers $3,496 more at closing?NEW YORK – June 16, 2017 – According to a new analysis of more than 32,000 photos of homes sold across the United States, t...

2821 LAKE MICHAELA BLVD WITH RESORT STYLE POOL IN TWIN LAKES
Click here to see the entire listingCheck out the awesome flyover video and some of the pictures below! Give me a call for more information! Listing Agent Ken Jones Realtor - Kelle...

5 Reasons You May Want To Refinance This Year
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Why Is It So Hard For Many Self Employed Individuals To Qualify For A Mortgage
Here's some GREAT info from one of our partners!Why is it so hard for many self-employed individuals to qualify?One reason is that for loan qualifying, guidelines require the net i...

Average 30 Year Mortgage Rates Lower Again GOOD TIME TO BUY
Average 30-year mortgage rate slips to 3.94%WASHINGTON (AP) – June 1, 2017 – Long-term U.S. mortgage rates were flat to slightly lower this week, as the key 30-year rate marked...

30 Year Mortgage Rate Falls Below 4 Percent
30-year mortgage rate falls below 4%WASHINGTON (AP) – May 25, 2017 – Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week to their lowest levels of the year. The benchmark 30-year rate...

Grand Oaks Land O Lakes Homes For Sale
Here's a link to all the homes for sale in Grand Oaks. Please give me a call and let's schedule a showing. Regards Luis Lopez Realtor Keller Williams 347.849.8284 {search: htt...

Renting Or Buying Either Way You ARE Paying A Mortgage
There are some people who have not purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that, unless you are living with y...

Hillsborough Cnty Is HOT
Ready to make your home purchase a reality?! Interest rates are GREAT and we have some awesome lenders waiting to help you! {search: http://michele.sklrealestate.com/index.php...

Housing Inventory Lowest Level On Record
NAR: This is the worst ‘housing drought’ everWASHINGTON – March 28, 2017 – The number of homes for sale is at the lowest level on record, according to the National Associat...

Tampa Bay 4th Most Popular Spot To Move In US
Tampa Bay 4th most popular spot to move in USAutoplay:PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. - If you think traffic is bad now, just wait. It’s about to get worse! New census numbers show Tampa B...

The 12 Places You Absolutely Must Visit In Florida This Spring
The 12 Places You Absolutely Must Visit In Florida This SpringIs there anything better than springtime in Florida? The sun is shining, beautiful flowers are blooming, and an advent...

Electric Cars And Solar Homes Chevy Bolt EV Tested By Tesla Model S Owner
Chevy Bolt EV tested by Tesla Model S owner: his assessmentHere is a link to the full article: http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1109388_chevy-bolt-ev-tested-by-tesla-model-...

Property Tax Estimation Tool
Did you know that Hillsborough County provides a Property Tax Estimation tool?Here is a link for you:http://gis.hcpafl.org/PropertySearch/TaxEstimator.aspx#/nav/SearchRegards,Miche...

25th Annual Apollo Beach Manatee Festival Of The Arts March 17th
Event Description: 25th Annual Apollo Beach Manatee Festival of the ArtsDate: March 11, 2017 - March 12, 2017The Apollo Beach Manatee Festival of the Arts is an inn...

FishHawk Ranch Named One Of Best Places To Raise A Family
FishHawk Ranch Named One of Best Places to Raise a Family Niche.com, a research site that helps people choose schools and neighborhoods, has ranked FishHawk Ranch Number ...

Can You Qualify For A Home Loan If Your Credit Is Below 640
http://www.usdaloanpro.com/blog/can-you-qualify-for-a-usda-loan-if-your-credit-score-is-below-640/Can you qualify for a USDA loan if your credit score is below 640?Posted onFebruar...

MIRABAY APOLLO BEACH WATERFRONT RESORT STYLE LIVING
MIRABAY Apollo Beach, FloridaMiraBay® is located in Apollo Beach, also known as South Shore, in south Hillsborough County, 20 miles south of Tampa. It is a beautiful waterfro...

Thinking About Buying Or Selling In Fishhawk
Fishhawk is awesome! My wife Michele and I, along with our 3 daughters have lived and worked in Fishhawk for 9 years!Give us a call! Below is a list of all homes currently for...

Why Families Love The Great Location Of Waterset Newland Communities
East Bay High School prideThings to do before you move....

Happy New Year
From our family to you and your loved ones - Wishing you all a GREAT 2017! Let's make a resolution together to FIND YOUR DREAMHOUSE!Best wishes! Regards,Michele & Ken813....


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