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Economic Update – Feb 22, 2010

Monday, February 22nd, 2010




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Last Week in the News


The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo housing market index rose two points in February to 17. It was the first gain in five months. Economists had anticipated a dip to 14. An index reading below 50 indicates negative sentiment about the housing market.

The combined construction of new single-family homes and apartments in January rose 2.8% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 591,000 units. However, applications for new building permits, seen as an indicator of future activity, fell 4.9% to 621,000 units.

Industrial production at the nation’s factories, mines and utilities increased 0.9% in January, following an upwardly revised 0.7% gain in December. It was the seventh consecutive monthly increase. The overall factory-operating rate rose to 72.6% of capacity in January from 71.9% in December.

The producer price index, which tracks wholesale price inflation, rose 1.4% in January, following an upwardly revised 0.4% increase in December. Economists had expected a gain of 0.8%. The gains were largely due to higher energy costs.

Initial claims for unemployment benefits rose by 31,000 to 473,000 in the week ending February 13. Continuing claims for the week ending February 6 held steady at 4.538 million. Experts believe snowstorms in early February may have cost the economy as many as 100,000 jobs.

The index of leading economic indicators — designed to forecast economic activity in the next three to six months — rose a smaller-than-expected 0.3% in January after a revised 1.2% gain in December. It was the 10th straight monthly increase and the longest series of gains since 2004.

Consumer prices rose 0.2% in January. Excluding energy and food, the so-called core index unexpectedly slipped 0.1%, the first monthly decline since December 1982.

The Federal Reserve Board raised the discount rate charged to banks by a quarter-point to 0.75%.

Upcoming on the economic calendar are reports on the housing price index on February 23, new home sales on February 24, and existing home sales on February 26.

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Home Improvement Tax Benefits for 2010

Friday, February 19th, 2010




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Prospect Mortgage
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Trumbull, CT 06611
Office: (203) 910-1845
Fax: (877) 298-3986
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Benefits for 2010


For your clients, going green pays and saves. According to a study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, for every dollar decrease in annual home energy expenditures, house values increase between $11.63 and $20.73.

Also, going green can lower the tax bill. New federal tax credits are now available for green home improvements on a principal residence. Qualifying modifications must meet a certain energy efficiency level to be eligible for the credit.

The credits are available for improvements purchased and in service from January 1, 2009, through December 31, 2010. The amount of the credit is deducted from any income taxes the homeowner may owe. The credit is nonrefundable, allowing taxpayers to lower their tax liability to zero, but not below zero.

Tax credits are available at 30% of the cost, up to $1,500, in 2009 through December 31, 2010 (for existing homes only) for:

  • Windows and Doors
  • Insulation
  • Roofs (Metal and Asphalt)
  • Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Water Heaters (non-solar)
  • Biomass Stoves

Tax credits are available at 30% of the cost, with no upper limit through December 31, 2016 (for existing homes and new construction) for:

  • Geothermal Heat Pumps
  • Solar Panels
  • Solar Water Heaters
  • Small Wind Energy Systems
  • Fuel Cells

Make sure your clients purchase products that come with a Manufacturer Certification Statement — a statement from the manufacturer that indicates the product qualifies for the tax credit. For record keeping, experts advise that homeowners retain all receipts.

Additional details can be found at www.energystar.gov/taxcreditsand www.homedepot.com/taxcredit

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The Hazards of Asbestos

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010




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The home buying process is an exciting time, but one that may bring additional responsibilities into your life. Having the assistance of an experienced and honest Connecticut real estate agent will make this process smooth and stress free. While the process of choosing a home is an exciting and rewarding time, additional repairs or renovations may be needed upon purchase. It is also a time where additional responsibilities will enter ones life.

Many older homes built prior to 1980 may still harvest obsolete and corrosive building materials which can create health concerns. Environmental efficiency is on the rise throughout the state because of technology and green building methods progressing rapidly.

Asbestos

Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that was utilized throughout the 20th century as an ideal form of insulation and piping in construction applications. Asbestos is often in old fireproofing, roofing, vinyl flooring, pipe and boiler insulation, and some roads and cement pipe and cement sheet products. Exposure to asbestos is easily avoidable by taking simple precautions.

Tips & Advice

It is not always an easy process to determine whether or not a particular insulation contains asbestos. If asbestos is located, it must be left un-touched until a professional can provide a course of action. In many situations, the best action is no action. Leaving it undisturbed is advisable as this will prevent its fibers from becoming airborne.

The Connecticut Department of Public Health administers an asbestos program that aims to reduce potential exposure to asbestos, including asbestos abatement and removal. This process should be undertaken by a licensed asbestos abatement contractor.

Asbestos exposure can lead to the development of a rare, but severe form of asbestos lung cancer known as mesothelioma. Current research indicates it can take as much as 20 to 50 years for this illness to develop. This makes accurate diagnosis a difficult task for physicians. Mesothelioma compensation has become tough to predict for victims and their families because diagnosis can take 20-50 years. For this reason, many people refer to it as a silent killer.

Going Green!

Green methods of building and construction have become a prominent aspect of Connecticut’s communities. Implementing green methods of building can have positive environmental, health and economic benefits. These include: Conservation of natural resources, enhance air quality, protect Eco systems, energy sustainability, increase property value, improve quality of life, improvement of pulmonary and cardiac health, Reduction of waste.

Green building is the consequence of a design that will increase energy efficiency, water and have a direct impact on your health and the environment. In a recent article published by Reuters, the green building movement has been steadily increasing. However, home owners feeling the financial crunch have been un-decided about going green because of fiscal reasons. Going green can and will have several positive economic benefits.

Cotton fiber, cellulose and lcynene, water based spray polyurethane foam are all viable replacements to asbestos. Cotton fiber is quickly becoming a favorite for home builders and renovators. Made from recycled batted material, it is also treated to be fireproof. Research has demonstrated that the use of Eco-friendly insulation alternatives can reduce annual energy costs by 25 percent. These green options have the same beneficial qualities as asbestos, minus the health deteriorating and toxic components.



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The Remodeling Market

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010




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Senior Loan Officer
Prospect Mortgage
NMLS# 122111
100 Technology Dr., Suite 203
Trumbull, CT 06611
Office: (203) 910-1845
Fax: (877) 298-3986
David.Garofalo@prospectmtg.com
 
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The Remodeling Market


During the housing boom, remodeling expenditures — including maintenance, repairs, and improvements to rental and owner-occupied homes — more than doubled to an estimated $326 billion between 1995 and 2007.In recent years, remodels were financed with home equity loans and cash-out refinances. Owners extracted an average of $450 billion a year in home equity between 1999 and 2008 and reinvested more than 25% of extracted equity into home improvements. Because of the recent economic downturn, remodeling activity has shifted from high-end discretionary improvements to those that maintain structural integrity as well as generate cost savings.Although residential remodeling remained relatively weak during the third quarter of 2009, remodelers are starting to report that conditions in their markets are stabilizing, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders’ Remodeling Market Index.In the most recent report, the current market conditions index rose to 39.8 from 38.1. The index of future indicators jumped to 38.7 from 34.2. An index reading below 50 indicates negative sentiment about the remodeling market. The RMI has been running below 50 since the final quarter of 2005.As the home-remodeling market improves, the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University has identified three areas of growth:

  1. The increasing need to upgrade the rental housing stock — almost 10% of rental inventory in the U.S. was considered structurally inadequate in 2007 and in need of remodeling.
     
  2. Higher energy prices and greater environmental awareness, which will increase the demand for green remodeling projects.
     
  3. Continued growth in improvements spending by foreign-born homeowners — their spending levels have grown almost 13% per year since 2000, well in excess of the 7% growth by native-born households.
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Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010




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About the Property Network

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010




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The Best of Stamford 2010: Best Real Estate Agency

Welcome to The Property Network LLC, the leading real estate firm serving the Fairfield County, Connecticut real estate market. We have access to a wide range of properties, from single-family homes to luxury properties within some of the finest communities in the area, including StamfordGreenwich and Norwalk.

Rely on a firm that takes its responsibilities very seriously. A professional partner is only effective when they are fully committed to their client and provide the level of customer service and personal attention they deserve. The Property Network has built its business around an approach of listening to client needs, addressing questions in a prompt and honest manner, and always looking out for our client’s best interests.

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Happiness is a New Home

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I never knew I could own my own home,

I thought real estate was out of my reach.

Assumed I was made to forever roam

Between apartment and house, renting each.

 

But here I am, standing in my kitchen,

Empty now, but what promise we will see;

All these blank canvases of rooms, which in

Time will have furniture and family.

 

The perfect home! Now seeming all too real

The thought of gardening, a trim front lawn—

Thinking of the immense pride that I’ll feel

Having a house over which neighbors fawn.

 

Real estate helped me discover my dreams—

I love my home, from floor to ceiling beams.

 

 

 

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