John's Florida Real Estate Blog

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Real Estate Agent - CENTURY 21 Bill Nye Realty, Inc.
Real estate news, opinion, and listings from Zephyrhills, Pasco County, Florida and the west central region of Florida in general. Licensed in Florida.

ARCHIVED BLOG POSTS

2007 

I was out with some customers today, and they were asking me about the property taxes on a home they were interested in. I mentioned what the millage was for the county, and they said they did not understand what that word meant. Millage is a part of the equation local governments use to determin...
06/30/2007
In an effort to help Floridians find affordable insurance coverage for their home, the state has set up a site where you can search and compare rates in all of our counties. You will see what the rates should be for a typical Florida home. Considering that companies are still asking for rate incr...
06/29/2007
I just have received word that 5 insurance companies in this state are requesting double-digit rate increases for a variety of reasons. Auto Owners, Cincinnati Insurance, Florida Farm, Hartford, and Metropolitan Property and Casualty are the companies involved so far. Can others be far behind? Th...
06/29/2007
Finally after years of trying, there is finally a law (SB 2234) that will require that home inspectors be licensed by the State of Florida. Most of the certified home inspectors that I know have long asked for such a requirement, but it never seemed to get anywhere. This year the Florida Associat...
06/28/2007
THIS HOME HAS BEEN SOLD. CALL ME ABOUT SIMILAR PROPERTIES. I have listed this 1973 double-wide mobile home in Zephyr Shores, one of the area's nicest 55+ subdivisions. This is not a rental park. YOU OWN THE LAND HERE! It features 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, and 1,152 square feet of heated/cooled living...
06/28/2007
Today  Freddie Mac reported that nationally the average mortgage interest rate for 30 year fixed-rate mortgages was 6.67% (6.63% in the southeast), down from 6.69% a week ago. The average interest rate for 15 year fixed-rate mortgages was 6.34%, down from 6.37% last week. After a month and a half...
06/28/2007
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer confidence in Florida rose one point to 83 in June, one month after dropping to its lowest level in 19 months, a new University of Florida study finds. The small increase was due to increased optimism over future economic conditions in the United States. Expectations ...
06/27/2007
WASHINGTON, June 25, 2007 - Existing-home sales were essentially unchanged in May, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Total existing-home sales – including single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops – eased by 0.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate1 of 5.99 milli...
06/25/2007
ORLANDO, Fla., June 25, 2007 – Statewide sales of existing single-family homes in Florida totaled 12,607 in May and were more in line with activity in May 2002 – prior to the housing boom years – than the May 2006 figures of 19,072 homes sold for a 34 percent decrease in the year-to-year comparis...
06/25/2007
In the past two years I had 2 home sales that differed from most of the others. Both involved the deaths of two different sellers who were unmarried. In Case A the seller died before putting her home on the market. After her death the seller's family was able to list her home with me immediately,...
06/25/2007
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