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Mortgage Rates Drop to Lowest Level In Five Decades

Alan Zibel
The Associated Press
July 2, 2010

WASHINGTON – July 2, 2010 – Mortgage rates have sunk to the lowest level in more than five decades, but consumers aren’t rushing to refinance their loans or buy homes.

Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate for 30-year fixed loans sank to 4.58 percent this week.

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That’s down from the previous record of 4.69  percent set last week and the lowest since the  mortgage company began keeping records in 1971.  The last time they were cheaper was the 1950s, when  most long-term home loans lasted just 20 or 25  years.

Rates have fallen over the past two months. Investors wary of the European debt crisis and the stock market have shifted money into the safety of Treasury bonds, driving down yields. Mortgage rates tend to track the yields on long-term Treasury’s.

On Wednesday, the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note dropped to 2.95 percent. That was the first time it has fallen below 3 percent since April 2009, when the markets were beginning to recover from the financial crisis.

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Independence Day Parade on Anna Maria Island

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Independence Day Fireworks At Mar Vista Restaurant on Longboat Key

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Existing Home Sales Up In April

WASHINGTON (May 24, 2010) – Existing-home sales rose again in April with buyers motivated by the tax credit, improving consumer confidence and favorable affordability conditions, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

increasing home sales (art)Existing-home sales1, which are completed transactions that include single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, increased 7.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.77 million units in April from an upwardly revised 5.36 million in March, and are 22.8 percent higher than the 4.70 million-unit pace in April 2009. Monthly sales rose 7.0 percent in March.

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said the gain was widely anticipated. “The upswing in April existing-home sales was expected because of the tax credit inducement, and no doubt there will be some temporary fallback in the months immediately after it expires, but other factors also are supporting the market,” he said. “For people who were on the sidelines, there’s been a return of buyer confidence with stabilizing home prices, an improving economy and mortgage interest rates that remain historically low.”

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Memorial Day Weekend – In a Word…Fabulous!

By Tom Vaught – Sun Staff Writer
June 2, 2010

They came to the beach this Memorial Day just like they have since the first bridge to the Island was built and they came despite the ongoing oil spill on the other side of the Gulf.

Memorial Day was a day to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice, a day to forget the grim news headlines and a day to enjoy the beautiful weather on Anna Maria Island’s beaches.

Beautiful Weather and Perfect Water Temperatures Kept The Beaches Full For The Entire Memorial Day Weekend

Beautiful Weather and Perfect Water Temperatures Kept The Beaches Full For The Entire Memorial Day Weekend

“We’ve had strong crowds of people all three days of the weekend,” said Capt. Joe Westerman, lifeguard for the Manatee County Department of Safety stationed at Coquina Beach. “It’s been busy, but we haven’t had any big problems.”

Meanwhile, businesses that deal with visitors to the beach were doing well.

“We’ve done real well this holiday,” said JoAnne Spallino, who owns Joe’s Eats and Sweets with her husband, Joe.

“This holiday was a lot busier than last year’s.”

Lauren Sato, co-owner of Beach Bum’s in Anna Maria, said that they had a great holiday renting electric vehicles, bikes and beach related items.

“We had a record high for Memorial Day,” she said. “The majority of our customers came from Bradenton, Apopka, Lakeland and Orlando.”

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They came to the beach this Memorial Day just like they have since the first bridge to the Island was built and they came despite the ongoing oil spill on the other side of the Gulf. Memorial Day was a day to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice, a day to forget the grim news headlines and a day to enjoy the beautiful weather on Anna Maria Island’s beaches.
“We’ve had strong crowds of people all three days of the weekend,” said Capt. Joe Westerman, lifeguard for the Manatee County Department of Safety stationed at Coquina Beach. “It’s been busy, but we haven’t had any big problems.”
Meanwhile, businesses that deal with visitors to the beach were doing well.
“We’ve done real well this holiday,” said JoAnne Spallino, who owns Joe’s Eats and Sweets with her husband, Joe. “This holiday was a lot busier than last year’s.”
Lauren Sato, co-owner of Beach Bum’s in Anna Maria, said that they had a great holiday renting electric vehicles, bikes and beach related items.
“We had a record high for Memorial Day,” she said. “The majority of our customers came from Bradenton, Apopka, Lakeland and Orlando.”
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Is It More Prudent to Buy or Rent?

Buying a home has many advantages, however, renting comes with few strings attached

Buying a home has many advantages, however, renting comes with few strings attached

By Vanessa Wong – Bloomberg Businessweek
June 3, 2010

To rent or to buy? For millions of Americans, that is the question. The recent housing boom and subsequent bust seem to provide a clear answer—that given an affordable mortgage, we would all rather be buyers.

With the piercing clarity that is 20-20 hindsight, many people burned by the mortgage market may now think differently.  After all, you can’t be foreclosed on if you don’t own in the first place.  For them, renting has become not only the smart move, but the only sensible one

“Many Americans are questioning if home ownership is an inherent element of their dream,” says Tara-Nicholle Nelson, real estate consumer advocate for real estate website Trulia. Part of that dream is also based on economic common sense.

Besides stability and status, owning a home can help build equity, improve credit ratings, and be a tax deduction. Given these benefits, the dream of home ownership is hard to give up, though. Much as sales of gas-guzzling pickups and SUVs are rebounding, Americans seem to need only the slightest nudge to jump back into the housing market.

In April, sales of existing homes rose 7.6 percent nationwide, according to the National Association of Realtors. For new homes, sales surged 14.8 percent, according to the National Association of Home Builders.

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“Many Americans are questioning if home ownership is an inherent element of their dream,” says Tara-Nicholle Nelson, real estate consumer advocate for real estate website Trulia. Part of that dream is also based on economic common sense. Besides stability and status, owning a home can help build equity, improve credit ratings, and be a tax deduction. Given these benefits, the dream of home ownership is hard to give up, though. Much as sales of gas-guzzling pickups and SUVs are rebounding, Americans seem to need only the slightest nudge to jump back into the housing market. In April, sales of existing homes rose 7.6 percent nationwide, according to the National Association of Realtors. For new homes, sales surged 14.8 percent, according to the National Association of Home Builders.
To rent or to buy? For millions of Americans, that is the question. The recent housing boom and subsequent bust seem to provide a clear answer—that given an affordable mortgage, we would all rather be buyers.
With the piercing clarity that is 20-20 hindsight, many people burned by the mortgage market may now think differently. After all, you can’t be foreclosed on if you don’t own in the first place. For them, renting has become not only the smart move, but the only sensible one
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Memorial Day Weekend – Beach Day

The Saturday of Memorial Day weekend means everyone hits the beach.  The weather was perfect, the water was refreshing and the beverages were cold.  The brats were already steaming in the beer and onions and the pork butt was cooking slowly in the convection smoker.  Thanks to Greg and Mark Selvidge, who helped out with the tents (and brought us an additional tent).  It’s always nice to sit on the beach (in the shade of course) with friends.

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Friday Night Fish Fry At The Badcock’s

The Memorial Day weekend continued (on Friday night) at the Anna Maria Home of Ben and Alyce Badcock.  Ben (along with friends Dan Gaa, Charlie Weathers, Robert Faneca and Colton Williams) spent the afternoon on the high seas.  The result was a large haul of beautiful Mangrove Snapper.  Mr. Gaa and Mr. Badcock handled the cleaning and cooking of the fish.  The end result was a fabulous evening of great food and wonderful friendship.  Many thanks to the fisherman and a special thank you to Ben and Alyce Badcock for opening their wonderful home to yet another event.

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Memorial Weekend Kickoff Dinner

The Memorial Day weekend got off to an early start (on Thursday) with dinner at Read & Linda Heath’s beautiful home in Bradenton.  Everyone brought a side dish, however the big hit of the night was Read’s fish entrée, which included a very unusual yet succulent mango sauce.   Thanks to everyone who brought a dish…it was all delicious.  And a special thanks to our hosts Read and Linda Heath for their exceptional hospitality.  It was a great way to start the weekend.

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Sunsets – An Anna Maria Island Ritual

Sun Setting Through the Pine Trees Just South of the Sandbar Restaurant

Sun Setting Through the Pine Trees Just South of the Sandbar Restaurant

It only takes about three minutes for the sun to disappear after it touches the horizon, but perhaps nowhere on the planet is that time celebrated with more passion than Anna Maria Island.
Watching the sunset is a cherished ritual on this sleepy barrier island, about 20 miles west of Bradenton in Manatee County. Visitors and locals alike gather on the beaches to savor the dimming of the day, an ordinary event extraordinary enough to inspire spontaneous applause.

“In Anna Maria, the sunset is a celebration,” says Kathy Wooten, manager of the Queen’s Gate Resort, one of the many mom-and-pop hotels that dot the three towns — Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach and Anna Maria — on the seven-mile slip of island. “If you come here, it’s the one thing you have to do.”

Clapping is optional, of course.

It always seems to happen, though, whether on a secluded stretch of sand or at the iconic Sandbar restaurant on the north end of Anna Maria. In this spot, diners have gathered to watch the ritual since 1913, when a restaurant known as “The Pavilion” entertained guests who could only reach the island by boat.

Nowadays, the Sandbar features dining either indoors or on an outdoor deck with some of the tables perched on the sand itself. Employees and patrons alike stop to watch the show on the horizon, which is acknowledged by the ringing of a bell — and applause, of course.

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It always seems to happen, though, whether on a secluded stretch of sand or at the iconic Sandbar restaurant on the north end of Anna Maria. In this spot, diners have gathered to watch the ritual since 1913, when a restaurant known as “The Pavilion” entertained guests who could only reach the island by boat.
Nowadays, the Sandbar features dining either indoors or on an outdoor deck with some of the tables perched on the sand itself. Employees and patrons alike stop to watch the show on the horizon, which is acknowledged by the ringing of a bell — and applause, of course.
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