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Do Quotient by Terry Adams

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Do Quotient by Terry Adams

Terry Adams

Do Quotient by Terry Adams

The Housing Hour is honored to have Terry Adams and Phillis Burnett of  Adams Law Firm and Admiral Title as our show  sponsor but we are extremely  proud to announce Terry’s recent article in Cityview Magazine and soon to be new book: Do Quotient.

“Today is a big day for us. After more than 7 years of research we have officially announced the Do Quotient to the world in this months Cityview magazine. There will be much more to come, including a book this year of the same title. We believe that this added value approach to counseling clients is the future of practicing law & will provide a framework for success in business & life.”  Terry Adams

Listen to our interview with Terry as he talks about his career, interests and Do Quotient!

Solar Power had record year!

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Over 3.3 gigawatts of solar power were installed last year!

Check our interview with ARiES Energy’s  Harvey Abouelata President/CEO:

Solar Power had record year with over 3.3 gigawatts of solar power  installed last year, according to a report Thursday from the Solar Energy Industries Association, a trade group. That’s enough to power about 500,000 homes, and it was a 76% increase from 2011.

The industry credited the jump to the declining price of solar panels, stable tax incentives and better financing options.

“We’ve brought more new solar online in 2012 than in the three prior years combined,” SEIA head Rhone Resch said in a statement. “And every one of these panels was bolted down by a member of the U.S. workforce.”

The industry estimates it now employs 119,000 people in the United States — a 13% jump over last year. It’s expecting another record year for solar installations in 2013.

Related: SolarCity CEO talks the future of solar power

The price of solar panels has declined 60% since the beginning of 2011, according to SEIA. Lower prices for silicon — a main ingredient in the panels — and massive investments in manufacturing capacity, especially by the Chinese, have helped push down prices.

These price declines have squeezed profit margins for solar panel makers. Several have filed for bankruptcy over the past couple of years, including Solyndra, Abound, Evergreen and Q-Cells.

Analysts expect more bankruptcies in the years ahead, as prices continue to fall and smaller, less efficient companies get pushed out. The situation is sometimes compared to the dawn of the auto age, when there used to be dozens of carmakers before consolidation led to just the Big Three.

But falling prices are clearly a boon for consumers and companies that specialize in the sales and instillation of solar panels, such as Solar City (SCTY), Sunrun and a host of others.

While solar power still represents a small fraction of the nation’s overall electricity generation — under 1% in 2012, according to the engineering and consulting firm Black & Veatch, it’s expected to grow substantially over the next couple of decades.

The cost of solar power is competitive with other energy sources in some U.S. markets, such as California and New Jersey, where subsidies are generous and the price of electricity is high. But if you exclude the big subsides and mandates the industry enjoys, the U.S. Energy Information Administration says the cost for new solar electricity nationwide is still more than twice that of the nation’s cheapest power source — CNN

Boomerang Buyers….eh, what?

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Boomerang The housing bust of 2007 has caused one big mess in our country but during this crisis, maybe as a way to help  understand or explain it, media outlets and others have created  new terms to describe market conditions.  Terms like, Zombie foreclosures, Zombie subdivisions, robo-signers, and now the Wall Street Journal has started a new category: Boomerang Buyers.

Boomerang Buyers are former home owners who lost their home during the housing crisis but now are possibly eligible to re-enter the home buying market. Estimates range around 800,000 buyers are now eligible for FHA financing. This number is up from approximately 285,000 in 2011 and is estimated to raise to 1.5 million in 2014.

So exactly what is required of the Boomerang buyer  to be eligible for mortgage financing after a foreclosure?

The answer depends on the type of mortgage you’re applying for along with many other important factors(like credit and credit scores to name only two) but one of the 1st requirements are time frames. Conforming loan requirements like FNMA/FreddieMac require a combination of a certain number of years and specific percentage down payment. Government loans vary too, VA minimum requirement is 2 years while FHA is 3 years. But time frames and down payment requirements are only the start. There are many other factors that must be considered and its important to note there are always exceptions to these rules.

Here’s the bottom line, if you were financially effected during the housing crisis, you still may be eligible for home financing. The best way to find out is to contact one of our MIG Loan officers and start the discussion and the qualification process.

Who knows, you may be a potential boomerang buyer and didn’t even know it!