The first two model show-homes are complete! Central Florida’s newest enclave featuring in-home spa services and extra kitchens geared for catering is a reality through the Four Seasons Resort.
These are the country’s first single family homes affiliated with Four Seasons, according to Walt Disney World.
Buyers in the new neighborhood may use the resort’s golf course, clay tennis courts, adult-only and family pools, lazy river, water slides and weekly “dive-in” movies. They may dine at the resort’s six restaurants or book in-home catering and spa services.
Like other residents of Golden Oak, Four Seasons home buyers also can use the Summerhouse club with its concierge services, lounge, fitness center, restaurant and entertainment rooms.
All buyers become club members and the annual dues are $16,889. Homeowner association dues cost $24,514 for Four Seasons Residences, compared to $5,735 in most neighborhoods within Golden Oak.
Get up close to over 400 of the world’s most exotic cars, race cars and Hollywood movie cars, all lined up for concours judging along Celebration’s spectacular lakefront promenade in this premier concours event.
Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Lotus, Aston Martin, Spyker, Saleen, McLaren, DeLorean and many more ultra-exotic marques are displayed and judged, culminating with an awards presentation starting at 3 pm, where the owners will drive their winning cars across the red carpet to receive their trophy!
This event benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation!
Florida takes the top spot
U.S. News & World Report recently partnered with McKinsey & Company to rank the 50 states by how well they serve their citizens in seven categories, including higher education.
U.S. News assigned each state a higher education score based on metrics that included:
- Share of citizens in the state who hold degrees;
- Percent of students who graduate on time;
- Average cost of tuition and fees; and
- Average student loan debt per graduate.
The top 10 states for higher education, according to U.S. News, are:
- North Dakota;
- South Dakota;
- Nebraska; and
The 10 states at the bottom of U.S. News‘ list are:
- South Carolina;
- Rhode Island;
- West Virginia;
- Alabama; and
In a related survey, respondents chose education as the No. 2 factor that mattered most to them about their state.
The higher education rankings are part of U.S. News‘ broader ranking of all 50 states according to a wide variety of metrics grouped into seven categories. Each state’s score on higher education factored into its score in a broader education category and ultimately into an overall ranking.
Assistant Managing Editor Mark Silva explains that the publication undertook the ranking to better understand and compare state performance at a time when “many balances of power [are shifting] from Washington, D.C., to the states.”
It may not be surprising to see California ranked near the top, as the New York Times praised the University of California in 2015 for contributing to economic mobility in the state (Silva, U.S. News & World Report, 2/28; Cook, U.S. News & World Report, 2/28; U.S. News & World Report rankings, accessed 3/2).
NEW YORK – March 9, 2017 – Borrowers are getting spooked by rising mortgage rates and, as a result, rushing to lock in rates before any further increases. That, in turn, is pushing mortgage application volume higher – increasing a seasonally adjusted 3.3 percent week over week, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported Wednesday.
More buyers are also turning to adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) to try to get more savings in their monthly payments too.
“Mortgage rates increased last week as remarks by several key Federal Reserve officials strongly signaled a March rate increase,” says Joel Kan, an MBA economist. “This was further supported by a few solid economic data releases, including GDP, inflation and manufacturing gauges.”
The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage increased to 4.36 percent from 4.30 percent the previous week, the MBA reports; and the share of ARMs reached its highest level of mortgage applications since 2014. The average loan size for purchase applications also reached a survey high of $313,000.
Refinance volume was up 5 percent last week. Applications for home purchases rose 2 percent higher for the week and, and they’re about 4 percent higher than a year ago.
The MBA says mortgage volume remains 18 percent lower compared to the same week a year ago. Volume is mostly lower from a year ago due to a significant decrease in refinance applications from a year ago when interest rates were lower. Refinance volume is down 34 percent annually.
Source: “Borrowers Rush to Beat Rising Rates, Pushing Mortgage Volume 3.3% Higher,” CNBC (March 8, 2017)
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WASHINGTON – Nov. 16, 2016 – Homebuyers often shop around for the best rate on a homeowners insurance policy, but 86 percent of Americans don’t realize that the policy amount is based, in part, on the home’s claim history.
Sellers who make too many property insurance claims could harm future buyers, yet most buyers are unaware that actions take by a home’s previous owners may be considered when an insurance company sets a premium under their new policy.
Many insurers use CLUE – an acronym for Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange – to report and check the claims history of homes. Yet, only 12 percent of buyers say they ask for a CLUE report before buying their current home, according to a new survey of more than 1,000 adults by InsuranceQuotes.
“Consumers of all ages, from millennials to seniors, are almost entirely unaware of how the CLUE database affects their insurance rates,” says Laura Adams, senior insurance analyst at InsuranceQuotes. “In most states, an inquiry about property damage can be added to your CLUE report and used against you, even if you never file a claim.”
Only the owner of a property can request a CLUE report. Homebuyers, therefore, need to ask sellers to obtain a copy on their own behalf.
“The CLUE report, which maintains data up to seven years, is a valuable tool for homebuyers because it reveals prior claims and potential risks,” Adams says. “It also helps home sellers provide full disclosure about their property’s condition.”
Homeowners can get a CLUE report free once every 12 months.
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