Colleen Brown's Blog Posts

Oct 31 2017 29913 2

Housing for Older PersonsThinking of retiring to Florida – the central Florida area has several housing for older person (HOP) communities. Before making the decision to live in one of these

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Oct 31 2017 29913 1

Great news for those living in the Southwest area of Osceola County -  the Valencia College - Poinciana Campus The Campus will be located at 3255 Pleasant Hill Road, Kissimmee,

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Sep 30 2017 29913 2

Co-Buying a Home with Friends or with Families:Combining forces with family members or friends in order to pool money to buy a home may be a risky business.Before undertaking this task, get legal

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Sep 30 2017 29913 1

Strapped for funds for down payment or closing costs – Use Gift Funds. If you have insufficient funds for down payment – you can accept gift funds from various donors (called Gift Donors)

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Community Development District

Community Development District (CDD)ZUnlike Homeowners’ Association fees, which pays for the maintenance of a community, Community Development District (CDD) allows developers to finance the

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Homeowners Association Fees

Is a Homeowners’ Association (HOA) governed community the right place for you to live? Condominium and townhouse developments have monthly or annual HOA fees. These fees can run anywhere from

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May 31 2017 29913 2

What Kind of Grants Can I Get?Government housing grants can be obtained for anywhere in the U.SYou can get grants to buy:Mobile homes or parksRental housing projects1st-time home buyers (which can

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May 31 2017 29913 1

FHA Approved CondosUnless buying with cash, before you sign a contract to buy a condominium make sure that it isFederal Housing Administration (FHA ) approved. Eligible condominiums are those that

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Maintaining Good Credit

Maintaining Good Credit: Track your credit score – get one of the credit reporting apps such as Credit Karma, etc., and check your progress frequently – dispute any anomalies with the 3

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Establishing Credit

Establishing Credit:It takes approximately 6 months to get a FICO score after a credit report is created - at minimum, one creditor reporting your credit activity to the three credit bureaus will

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Mar 29 2017 29913 2

TYPES OF POOLSSummer is here again – nothing like a good splash in the pool, but you don’t have oneL. Let us see how we can get one so that we will have some good summer fun in the back

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Mar 29 2017 29913 1

Good Neighbor Next Door (GNND) Sales ProgramPre-Kindergarten through 12th grade teachers, law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians – as Eligible Participants

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HUD Section 203K Loan Program

HUD Section 203(K) Loan ProgramThe rising prices of homes in many areas can make home buying a frustrating process and experience. However, there are many housing opportunities that with a little

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Feb 12 2017 29913 1

PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONFOR HOMESTEAD PROPERTYWe are approaching the March 1, 2017 deadline to file for Homestead Exemption through the Form DR-501, which can be found on most municipal Property

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Jan 17 2017 29913 1

Part 2 - Reverse Mortgage - RequirementsAge Requirement:       At least 62 years old.            One spouse

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Jan 12 2017 29913 1

Reverse Mortgage:Part 1 – What is a Reverse Mortgage - Is a Reverse Mortgage the best solution for you. A Reverse Mortgage is for homeowners who are 62 years of age or older, own their home

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