Sunday, April 23, 2006

BIG RIVER DAY Saturday June 10, 2006 Come and Join the FUN!!!

BIG RIVER DAY Saturday June 10, 2006 Come and Join the FUN!!!

Canoeing, Fishing Derbies,
River Clean-ups, Storm Drain Marking & More!
Marine City Fishing Fun Day: (10am – 1pm) Free fishing at Broadway Park on the corners of Water and Broadway streets. Fishing poles, tackle, and bait provided. Informational literature on Michigan’s fish and reptiles available. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Contact: Marine City Recreation at (810) 765-8094 or .
Marine City: Wastewater Plant Tours (8am – 11am) Have you ever given thought to where your dirty water goes after it leaves your house? How does it get cleaned? Find out during this unforgettable tour. Located at 1696 South Parker Street (M-29). Contact: Jeff Wren at (810) 765-9011 or

Visit My Web site,, for more information or Call Wynne on cell 586-260-7653

Monday, April 17, 2006

Texas Housing Affordability Index

It is common knowledge that housing in Texas is more affordable than in most other parts of the country. Just how much more affordable is clearer in light of changes to the Real Estate Center's Texas Housing Affordability Index (THAI). The Texas median-income family earns 79 percent more than necessary to acquire the median-priced Texas home at $129,100.

The equation for the affordability index is: Index = Median Family Income (MFI) Required Income to Qualify for a Conventional Purchase Mortgage (RI) Where: RI = Required Monthly Mortgage Payment × 12 Qualifying Ratio (QR)

The qualifying ratio is the lender-stipulated maximum ratio of monthly mortgage payment to gross monthly income allowed for a borrower to qualify for a mortgage loan. The required monthly mortgage payment is the amount the borrower will have to pay on an 80 percent, conventional mortgage at the effective interest rate for the area.

What this all means in generic terms is that it is easier for the average family living in Texas to purchase a home than for the average family living in most other areas of the country.

Christina Whipple

Sunday, April 09, 2006

New Blog SIte in SW Florida

A new and comprehensive weblog has been created in SW Florida. It contains links to search the MLS, school and governemnt information, as well as popular news feeds, hurricane information, travel and weather, and much more. Please visit The site was designed and hosted by Real Estate which designs top weblogs for real estate agents.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006



Ten Georgia Counties Among the Fastest-Growing in the U.S.

According to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, ten Georgia counties are among the 40 fastest-growing counties in the nation in terms of population. The information was gathered between July 1, 2004, and July 1, 2005. The Georgia counties are listed below, followed by their percentage of growth, and are listed from largest to smallest increase:
Forsyth 6.4
Newton 6.2
Paulding 6.0
Barrow 5.8
Henry 5.6
Jackson 5.5
Effingham 5.4
Cherokee 5.4
Douglas 5.3
Walton 5.0
Coweta 4.3
Bryan 3.9