Keller Williams Family Reunion Highlights

Keller Williams Realty Northeast (KWNE) management and agents returned to the office last week after attending the Family Reunion in New Orleans from Feb. 20-24. The annual Keller Williams national convention is a chance for the company’s associates to renew, energize and celebrate accomplishments from the past year.

Senior Team Leader Lisa Dempsey had the chance to meet the renowned real estate visionary Stefan Swanepoel, who was a featured presenter at Family Reunion. Since 1987, Swanepoel has been an independent researcher for National Real Estate Data. He is best known in the industry for the annual Swanepoel Trends Report. He has written several books, including his newest: Social Media Report 2010.

Golf Tournament to Benefit the Troops

The Doug Erdy Team from Keller Williams Realty Northeast has announced that their 6th annual charity golf tournament will benefit the Blue Star Mothers, a service organization of parents whose children are in the U.S. Armed Forces.

The four person scramble tournament will be held on Aug. 16 at The Clubs of Kingwood with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Entry fee is $125 for one golfer or $500 for a team of four. A military discount is available. In addition to great golf, the entry fee includes an on-course box lunch and a sit-down dinner awards ceremony with a silent auction.

Real Estate Experts Give Insight into the Federal Housing Tax Credit

If you are looking to buy a home for the first time, there is no better time to buy than right now. First time home buyers can qualify for an $8,000 Federal Housing Tax Credit if they purchase a home by 4/30/2010 and close the sale by 6/30/2010 . Move-up buyers, who purchase a new home and sell their previous home during that same time period, can receive a $6,500 tax credit with qualifying income levels and years of homeownership.

On top of the tax incentive, interest rates are at a near a record low making home purchases even more attractive. Rates currently hover around the high four percent range: conventional and Federal Housing Administration mortgage rates are at 4.875% with VA being slightly higher at 5%, according to Mike Proctor of Genesis Mortgage Company in Kingwood.