The Group, Inc. Real Estate, has announced today it is offering the Job Loss Protection program (*), a part of the HELP Program (Homeowner Education and Loan Protection) administered by the Rainy Day Foundation.
The Job Loss Protection program assists buyers who purchase a home listed by The Group in the event of an involuntary job loss within the first 24 months of the loan.The home must be covered by the program.The program covers mortgage payments up to $1,800 per month for up to 6 months.
Chuck McNeal, Chairman of The Group, Inc. said, “Job Loss Protection is an important and timely service that gives sellers a way to differentiate their property and gives buyers the confidence to purchase.The Group, Inc. is proud to be the first company in Northern Colorado and only the second in the state to offer Job Loss Protection. This simple program will be the difference many customers are looking for to proceed with their real estate plans.”
Realtors at The Group have been certified by Creative Alliances, the Administrator of the program, to offer this program.The program is offered at no cost to the buyer.If a seller elects to participate in the program, the cost is paid by the seller at closing.
The Group, Inc. real estate is independently owned by its Realtors, managers and staff.It has been the market leader in Northern Colorado since 1976 and has six offices in Fort Collins, Greeley, and Loveland.
(*) The HELP Program including the Job Loss Protection is made available by the seller’s enrollment in the Creative Alliances SAvE Program.The Sellers Advantage via Exposure is an optional multifaceted program which includes the HELP Program.
The Group, Inc., Real Estate, announced that Mary Roberts, has joined their Horsetooth Office as a Broker Associate/Partner. Mary is a ten year veteran of the Northern Colorado real estate market and was named Rookie of the Year in 2000 by the Fort Collins Board of Realtors. She has earned the GRI and CRS designations. She is a graduate of CSU with a degree in Technical Journalism. She is just finishing her Master’s degree in Communication Development at CSU.
Mary has two children. Her daughter Sarah, is a third-year law student at the University of Denver. Her son, Dan, was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the June 2009 draft. Mary is involved in a number of animal welfare organizations in Northern Colorado. She frequently jogs on the bike path with her three rescue terriers.
She can be reached at 375 E. Horsetooth Road, Fort Collins, 970-223-0700.
The Group, Inc., Real Estate, announced that Carole Florin Newberry, has joined their Harmony Office as a Broker Associate/Partner. She has 19 years of real estate experience in Nevada specializing in new construction, golf course communities, and investment property.
Carole recently relocated to Northern Colorado. Her sister and brother and their families, as well as her father are already in the area. She loves the wonderful lifestyle that Northern Colorado has to offer and is looking forward to transferring her knowledge and experience into our real estate market.
She can be reached at 2803 E. Harmony Road, Fort Collins, 970-229-0700.
There’s barely three months left before the $8,000 tax credit for first-time buyers ends…and it can take that long to close on your new home.
Passed earlier this year as part of the economic stimulus package, the credit is good for up to $8,000, or 10% of the purchase price, and applies to people who have not owned a home in the previous three years. (There are some income restrictions.) The best part: Unlike a similar program from 2008, the credit does not have to be repaid.
The bad part: It ends on Dec. 1.
Because it usually takes around 90 days to close on a house after a contract is signed, buyers have very little time left to act. As of Thurs., Aug. 27, there were only 96 days left before the credit ends.
Call a Group Realtor TODAY and we will help you make this happen!
Residents of Northern Colorado give alot of their time in our communities. The Loveland-Fort Collins area ranks seventh among the nation’s mid-sized cities in volunteering, according to the newest Volunteering in America report. The report analyzed data from 2005 to 2008 collected in a monthly survey of about 60,000 households by the U.S. Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The Loveland-Fort Collins metro area tied with Greenville, S.C. with a 38.3 percent volunteer rate. Provo-Orem, Utah, was the top mid-sized area with a volunteer rate of 62.9 percent. Greeley ranked 25 out of the 75 mid-sized areas with a 32.8 percent volunteer rate.
Loveland-Fort Collins volunteers contributed $200.7 million worth of volunteer time from 2005 to 2006 while the value of Greeley’s volunteerism was $192.9 million.
Partners at The Group, Inc. pride themselves in their volunteer work. Nearly everyone in our company gives their time to one or more organizations.
Also a part of The Group’s culture is sharing our financial resources. We are getting ready to launch our United Way campaign for 2009. We have been recognized as one of the top 10 corporate donors in Larimer County for the past several years. Our ‘corporate’ donation to United Way does not come from our company, but rather all the individuals who work here. Last year we created this video along the United Way’s theme of ‘Live United.’
The Group, Inc. Real Estate announced that Deanna McCrery has been awarded the Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) Designation by the Society of Certified Senior Advisors (SCSA), an international organization that has trained more than 20,000 professionals to meet the changing needs of a growing senior population.
The U.S. Bureau of Census predicts that by 2030 there will be about 70 million people who are 65 and older.The health, financial and social needs of seniors are different and more complicated than those of any other age group.
Ms. McCrery is a Broker Associate/Partner with The Group, Inc. Real Estate.She can be reached at 970-223-0700.www.deannarealestate.com
The Northern Colorado Business Report published good news about Greeley:
Greeley is among eight affordable cities for relocating retirees profiled in the September/October 2009 issue of Where to Retire magazine.
The other cities featured are Chattanooga, Tenn.; Fort Myers, Fla.; Winston-Salem, N.C.; Spokane, Wash.; Lancaster, Pa.; Salem, Ore. and Chico, Calif.
According to Where to Retire editor Mary Lu Abbott, it’s a prime time for retirees to find affordable places to relocate, as an excess inventory of homes provides great values at low cost. As the housing market recovers, much of the buyer traffic will be active adults looking toward retirement. The cities that offer the opportunity for a well-rounded lifestyle coupled with great home buys should see increased interest from relocating retirees.
Abbott outlined some of Greeley’s attractions in a release announcing the selections.
“Greeley has nearby Rocky Mountain National Park for scenic adventures, an expansive parks and recreation system that includes the Senior Activities Center for planned outings and social events and a nationally recognized medical center,” she said.
Each year, 700,000 Americans move to new towns to retire. Generally healthier, better educated and more affluent than retirees who stay put, relocating retirees bring significant economic benefits to their new states and hometowns, according to Abbott.
The Group, Inc. has proudly been a sponsor of the Loveland High Plains Art Councils’ Sculpture In The Park for the 10 years. This year the show will feature 171 artists, with 32 participating for the first time. Sculpture in the Park is now the largest outdoor juried sculpture show in the country with annual sales over $1 million. Proceeds go towards the purchase of sculpture for Benson Sculpture Garden as well as towards the funding of park improvements and landscaping. To date, one hundred and thirty pieces of sculpture valued at $4 million grace the grounds of the park. A new public restroom, adorned with 25 bronze reliefs created by the 25 artists who have participated in Sculpture in the Park for the most number of years, was completed recently.
The show will be held on Saturday and Sunday, August 8 & 9, 2009, at the Benson Sculpture Garden in Loveland, Colorado. For more information visit www.sculptureinthepark.org