Lock in Your Interest Rate for 150 Days

If finding your dream home is taking longer than expected, consider Lock-N-Shop, a new offering from MSC Mortgage that can lock in your interest rate for 150 days.  It’s very simple: If mortgage interest rates increase, your Lock-N-Shop rate is guaranteed for up to five months     If rates decrease, your Lock-N-Shop rate is … Continue reading Lock in Your Interest Rate for 150 Days

Punta Gorda Makes Travel+Leisure

Punta Gorda is one of the most ideal places for affordable winter vacations, according to a recent article from Travel+Leisure. Described by the magazine as “South of Tampa, is the gorgeous, historic Punta Gorda, with a beautiful downtown, fishermen’s village, harborwalk in Charlotte Harbor, and an average temperature of 74 degrees in January.” The weather, friendly atmosphere and … Continue reading Punta Gorda Makes Travel+Leisure

Punta Gorda Market Update – Through October 2018

“Season” in Punta Gorda seems to be arriving earlier each year.  There’s proof in recent market activity even though October 2018 was a “neutral” market, with the number of For Sale listings up 15.8% over September. The number of Sold listings increased 13.5% month-over-month between May and October, however, the number of Under Contract/Pending listings … Continue reading Punta Gorda Market Update – Through October 2018

Punta Gorda’s Buckley Pass – Light at the End of the Tunnel

For years, there has been speculation that a nautical cut-through would occur in Punta Gorda’s Bird Section. Recent Punta Gorda City Council actions, however, are solidifying plans that will likely give boaters access to the new waterway by the end of 2019. The City of Punta Gorda has been involved in the project since 2013. … Continue reading Punta Gorda’s Buckley Pass – Light at the End of the Tunnel

Seven Reasons to Work With a REALTOR®

REALTORS® aren’t just agents. They’re professional members of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribe to its strict Code of Ethics. This is the REALTOR® difference for home buyers: Ethical treatment. Every REALTOR® must adhere to a strict Code of Ethics, which is based on professionalism and protection of the public. As a REALTOR®’s customer, you … Continue reading Seven Reasons to Work With a REALTOR®

Zero-Down Loan Aims to Expand Mortgage Access

A new effort is underway to raise the low rate of homeownership among underserved groups of home buyers. The Neighborhood Assistance Corp. of America is hosting several events across the country, helping borrowers with low credit scores to apply for 15- or 30-year mortgages with cheaper interest rates. One such recent event in Miami drew … Continue reading Zero-Down Loan Aims to Expand Mortgage Access

High-end and Luxury Market Homes Move Up

According to the August Luxury Home Index by realtor.com®, prices for high-end and luxury homes are strengthening.  In fact, double-digit growth in 20 of the largest markets in the nation – including two in Florida – is a contrast from the nation’s housing market overall. “Although U.S. median listing prices show signs of slowing growth, luxury prices … Continue reading High-end and Luxury Market Homes Move Up

15 Questions To Ask When Choosing Your Mortgage Lender

  Shopping for a mortgage lender can be intimidating.  It’s not like this is something most of us do regularly, right?  It will pay to ask the following questions before you decide on a mortgage lender.  If the answers aren’t to your liking, or you still have questions, continue shopping until you find  mortgage lender … Continue reading 15 Questions To Ask When Choosing Your Mortgage Lender

Red Tide on Florida’s Gulf Coast Too Shall Pass

Florida’s Gulf Coast has been in the news in recent weeks and many residents and visitors have been expressing growing concern over the most recent outbreak of red tide.   At Michael Saunders & Company, we are committed to not only helping those we serve but dedicated to the overall health and wellbeing of our region. As such, … Continue reading Red Tide on Florida’s Gulf Coast Too Shall Pass

Canadians Could Extend Stays from Six to Eight Months

Bill would extend Canadian visitor stays U.S. Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio introduced legislation that would allow retired Canadian citizens older than 50 to spend up to eight months a year vacationing in the U.S. – two months longer than they may stay now. In announcing the bill, the senators cite figures from the Canadian … Continue reading Canadians Could Extend Stays from Six to Eight Months