Friday, May 22, 2009

$8,000 Tax Credit for First Time Home Buyers

First Time Home Buyers - $8,000 Tax Credit

First-time home buyers are still taking advantage of the unbelievable real estate market conditions, pushing sales up 3.2 percent to 84.6 on the Pending Home Sales Index in March 2009, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

It’s 2.6 points higher on the index than in Feb. 2009 (82) and 1.1 percent more than March 2008 (83.7).

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, had this to say about the latest progress:

“This increase could be the leading edge of first-time buyers responding to very favorable affordability conditions and an $8,000 tax credit, which increases buying power even more in areas where special programs allow buyers to use it as a down payment. We need several months of sustained growth to demonstrate a recovery in housing, which is necessary for the overall economy to turn around.”

Remember that the $8,000 tax credit for first time home buyers is only available until Dec. 1, 2009. With the market showing signs of life there is no telling how long the record-low home prices and interest rates will remain at their current levels.

Now is the time to get cracking on your home search so give me a call before it's too late!

Monday, May 11, 2009


Hi I'm Samantha Jenkins! I recently got married to my high school sweetheart, Christopher Jenkins; we live and work in Virginia Beach, Virginia. As my first post on my blog I thought I'd introduce a little about myself.

My first few years of life I grew up in a small town of North Carolina and eventually moved to Chesapeake, Virginia. This is where I went to school and graduated high school and college. Shortly after graduating I became an instructor of massage therapy and went on to further my education for business and marketing. I later became a part of a mortgage company located in Newport News, Virginia and after working with several Real Estate Agents and seeing the other side, It wasn't long until I was going down the exciting path of Real Estate! I was recruited with Long and Foster as a Director of Marketing for one of their many branches. Soon thereafter I became a licensed Real Estate Agent. In March of 2009, I joined the family company, Native American Group Realty located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, as a Real Estate Agent serving all of Hampton Roads. I provide dedicated service to help individuals as well as families sell or find their home. I practice Real Estate abiding by all the fair housing laws and by creating a safe and comfortable home buying/selling experience.



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