Tuesday, January 30, 2007

The Housing Bank Bill -- If at first you don't succeed try again

The MV Times News In Brief section published an editorial regarding the controversial Housing Bank. This is not about a for-rent project; it is about affordable property ownership for lower income residents of Martha's Vineyard.

Housing bank bill is re-filed on Beacon Hill

“Hoping for success the second time around, backers of legislation designed to create a fund to be used to support the creation of affordable housing on Martha's Vineyard learned that Senator Robert O'Leary, a key supporter, filed the bill on Jan. 9.

“Senate Bill #781 would impose a one percent fee, paid by the seller, on real estate sales. The first $750,000 of each sale would be exempt. Modeled closely after the Land Bank, the bill would create a housing organization that would be self-funded and award money to a variety of housing initiatives.

“Last summer the legislation, which was combined with a similar effort to create a Nantucket housing bank, passed the Senate but went down to defeat in the House where it was opposed by real estate interests.

“The legislation filed this month no longer contains any reference to Nantucket. The Martha's Vineyard Community Housing Bank Coalition, a group created to push the bill through the legislature, is optimistic that separating the Vineyard from Nantucket will further its chances.

“A copy of the bill is available on the coalition's web site at www.mvchb.org.”

Morgan Woods affordable housing project on Martha's Vineyard nears completion

It’s been about nine years since the Pennywise Path affordable housing project was conceived and set into motion. As the construction progressed and is now nearing completion, the decision has been made to name the project Morgan Woods, appropriately after the former Edgartown affordable housing committee chairman, Fred B. “Ted” Morgan, who lead the project from the very beginning,. This community experiment has been and will be closely watched by all Island towns to gauge its long term success, because there has never been a rental community on the Island of this scale.

I found the following articles informative and thought I would bring them to your attention.

Morgan Woods, a whole new village of attractive homes

The Vineyard's first significant, municipally developed affordable rental housing for low and moderate income residents

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Martha’s Vineyard Real Estate Property Tax Bills for all Towns are posted

Property values escalated in 2004 and 2005 to record levels having a direct effect on taxes paid by Martha’s Vineyard home owners in 2006. Requests for abatements flooded the assessor’s offices and the tax matter became contentious. There are still some heated disputes unsettled and many property owners are in arrears, because they simply weren’t prepared for the staggering increase in their taxes -- some more than 50% from the preceding year.

You can go to my website for an explanation of what is generally called the "MIL Rate" and how to compute your property tax, and you can also view the present and past five years of tax multipliers. Here is a recent MV Gazette article that discusses the 2007 Property Tax Bills .

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Friday, January 05, 2007

Did you know you can deduct PMI?

President Bush has signed a new tax legislation change that makes private mortgage insurance deductible for low and moderate income buyers who don't have the standard 20% downpayment necessary to purchase homes this year.

Home buyers who have annual household incomes of $100,000 or less, purchasing homes in 2007 will be able to get a low down payment mortgage and deduct the full cost of their mortgage insurance premiums on their federal tax returns. The deduction is set to expire at the end of 2007, unless Congress opts to extend it. This is in addition to the mortgage interest tax deduction they already take.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Martha’s Vineyard REALTOR® earns Resort & Second-home Property Specialist designation

Peter C. Fyler, REALTOR® Broker/Owner of SplitRock Real Estate, LLC, and an Exclusive Buyer Agent with 20 years of fulltime experience in the Martha’s Vineyard real estate market has earned the designation of Resort & Second-home Property Specialist. As one of the first 250 REALTOR® members nationally to earn the designation Peter is further distinguished as an RSPS Charter Member.

A recent National Association of Realtors® survey concluded there are more than 140,000 REALTORS® currently working in resort and second-home markets, and the numbers keep growing at a time when investment property and vacation homes make up a significant portion of the overall housing market, accounting for more than one-third of residential transactions.

Savvy buyers increasingly demand the expertise of a real estate professional with proven knowledge of resort and second-home market conditions, because 36 percent of second home purchases are more than 100 miles away from the buyer’s primary residence.