Redlining meets the GPS… Whats an Agent to do?

Redlining, the practice of drawing a red line around undesirable areas, has been against Real Estate Law for years.

By law I can’t tell you a neighborhood is Safe or Good… 
I can suggest you check crime stats or suggest you take a walk around and see how you feel.

Microsoft was just awarded a patent for software that makes its maps more pedestrian-friendly. It has been dubbed the “Avoid Ghetto” feature.
By tapping into crime statistics it will suggest “safer” routs for users.
I wonder when I’ll meet the first client that says, “My GPS says this is not a safe neighborhood.”

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What kind of room is this?

Not really qualified for a But this one that 

makes me wonder who lives in this house!

Barry Bevis, Broker/Realtor

Rates are down so applications are up!

Good news for sellers and buyers…

Rates are right at 4% for a 30 year fixed mortgage and applications for new mortgages are up almost 10%

More Buyers and Better Rates = Win-Win
For great rates and service go to with Suntrust Mortgage

Barry Bevis, Broker/Realtor

Whats going to happen to Fannie and Freddie?

An interesting article about two new bills being sponsored to deal with the messes at FannieMae and FreddieMac.

While neither is likely to pass, they both show continued Federal involvement in the housing market.
One Bill rolls Fannie and Freddie into one new bigger government organisation. 
The other would encourage the establishment of private organisations to accomplish the same tasks.

Both would operate backed by the Federal government and supported by additional fees passed on to buyers.
Barry Bevis, Broker/Realtor

Yea, that is a lot.

There are moments when you see a number and you have an immediate context.

Business week announced that Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Housing Administration have about 250,000 homes for sale.
That means these government backed agencies own a home for every person in Leon County. 
Check out the distribution map below:


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