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The L.A.Properties Team Of Orange Beach September 2012 Our real estate friends and family affected by Hurricane Isaac continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. If we can help in any way, know we are a phone call2012 August away. Only 91 days of hurricane season left… counting down! “It’s hard to argue against buying a house now, assuming you can get a loan,” writes John Waggoner, a columnist with USA Today. Sure, Waggoner says that getting a credit check for approval of a mortgage can be a “
  “It’s hard to argue against buying ahouse now, assuming you can geta loan,” writes John Waggoner, acolumnist with USA oday. Sure,Waggoner says that getting a creditcheck or approval o a mortgage canbe a “only slightly less intrusive than aCIA background check,” but or thosewho are able to qualiy, a lot o analystssay that now can be a good time topurchase a home.1. Te price is right. Te mediansingle-amily home price hit its lowestin more than a decade when it reached$154,600 in January, according to theNational Association o REALORS®.Tat was the lowest since October2001. During the height o the housingmarket in July 2006, the median homeprice or a single-amily home was$230,900.2. It’s cheaper to buy than rent. Innearly every major metro market,it is cheaper to buy a home thanrent. Rents have been on the rise thelast ew years and are predicted tocontinue to rise. Meanwhile, homeaordability is at record highs, whichmeans that buying a home is morewithin reach to the median incomeamily.3. Inventories o or-sale homesare shrinking. Ned Davis Researchestimates that excess inventories o homes to be eliminated by the end o next year. “When excess supply driesup, people start building more new houses, which has the virtuous eecto reducing the unemployment rateand increasing the economy generally,”according to the USA oday article.4. Mortgage rates are at record lows.Mortgage rates have hovered nearrecord lows or weeks, which hashelped pushing housing aordability higher. For example, the average30-year xed-rate mortgage, which isthe most popular among home buyers,is 3.59 percent, according to FreddieMac—just above its record low set onJuly 26 o 3.49 percent average. “It’sconceivable that at some point in thenext 30 years, your interest rate wouldbe less than the rate o ination,” writesWaggoner or USA oday. Source: “I You Can Pull it Of, aHouse is a Smart Investment,” USAToday (Aug. 9, 2012)  August 2012 FOUR STRONG REASONSTO BUY A HOME NOW CHICKEN WITH BLACK BEANS & ORANGES O n e  o f   m y  f  a v o r i t e  ch i ck  e n  r e c ip e s . . .  f  ul l   o f   f l  a v o r,  n o t  f  a t!  E n  j o y! Ingredients 1 (10 oz) pkg yellow rice mix1 tsp oil4 skinned and boned chicken breast halves1 medium onion, chopped2 garlic cloves, minced1/3 cup orange juice3 tablespoons lime juice2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained1 cup chicken broth2 oranges, sectioned2 tablespoons chopped resh cilantro Directions Prepare rice according to package directions. Heatoil in skillet on medium/high heat; add chicken andcook 3 min. on each side or until browned. Removechicken, reserve drippings in skillet. Sauté onionand garlic in hot drippings 3-4 min. or until tender.Add orange and lime juice, and cook 2 min., stirring to loosen particles rom bottom o skillet. Stir inbeans and broth; add chicken and bring to a boil.Reduce heat and simmer 10 min. or until chicken isdone. Remove chicken breasts and slice. Serve beanmixture over rice; top with chicken slices, orangesections and a sprinkling o cilantro. Of Orange Beach Properties Team  The  L. A. September 2012 Our real estate riends and amily aected by Hurricane Isaac con   tinue to be inour thoughts and prayers. I we can help in any way, know we are a phone callaway. Only 91 days o hurricane season lef… counting down!  COASTALCALENDAR Events in Lower Alabama 4797 Pine Court, Orange Beach2,550 Sq. Ft.4 Bedrooms3 BathroomsOn Quiet Cul-de-sacOversized GarageSplit Floor PlanMLS# 184807Beautiul, well maintained houseon a quiet cul-de-sac in OnoNorth. Split bedroom plan..Master Suite has large bathroomand 2 walk in closets. LivingRoom / Dining Room combogives great space or entertaining.Great screened porch with sink and cabinets oer additionalliving area. Large laundry roomand oversized garage mean lotso storage space. Ono Island boatlaunch nearby. September 15 ........... 25th Annual CoastalCleanup October 5-7 .......... 18th Annual Bayest MusicFestival6 ............. 3rd Annual Slow Poker Run11-14...... 41st Annual NationalShrimp FestivalNovember8- 18....... 27th Annual Frank BrownInternational SongwritersFestival 3rd Annual Slow Poker Run Join us on Saturday, October 6, or the3rd Annual RE/MAX o Orange BeachSlow Poker Run beneting Children’sMiracle Network.Last year, RE/MAX o OrangeBeach raised almost $10,000 orCMN. Help us exceed that this yearby participating in this un andworthwhile event!Contact Norma or Paul orinormation on getting your boatregistered! FEATURED PROPERTY Norma Hoots Paul Hopper  of Orange Beach
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