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October 2009 Real Estate Stats - Wichita Falls

by Ashton Gustafson

See video below for an update on the Wichita Falls MLS Statistics for October 2009.

83% of the market sold was under $180,000 in the month of October for the Greater Wichita Falls area. There was a total of 118 sales, 67 of which were between $70,000 and $180,000. We can see that the 1st Time Home Buyer market is staying fairly strong and will probably continue to do so into 2010.

Upper end homes continue to be sluggish, offering great opportunities for buyers.

Interest rates also hit the lowest we've seen in a long time - 4.25% fixed for 15 years with a FICO score of over 740. These rates will not stay here long-term.

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This Week's Wichita Falls Foreclosures - 11-9-09

by Ashton Gustafson

Good morning to you!

Below you will find this week's list of available foreclosed/bank owned properties in Wichita Falls. Please let me know if I can set up a time for you to preview any of these.

4803 Shenandoah - $130,000 - 4 bed - 2 bath - 0 Lot Line - Needs carpet and paint. Bid deadline is Nov 12 @ 11:59 pm.

4822 Rhea Road - $105,300 - Just reduced nearly $12,000 - 3 bed - 2 bath - 1729 square feet.

1701 Tilden - $123,000 - 2000 sq ft - 4 bed - 2 bath -with back apartment.

1708 Tilden - $74,250 - reduced from $105,930 - 4 bed - 2 baths - 274 square feet.

4918 Silvercrest - $258,500 - 4 bed - 3 bath - 3 garage. Great home near the stadium in Swest Wichita Falls.

2304 Doris - $93,900 - Near Sheppard Air Force Base - 4 bed - 2 bath.

1579 Singleton - $137,500 in Edgemere - 4 bed - 2 bath

The data relating to real estate for sale on this website comes in part from the Wichita Falls Association of Realtors Multiple Listing Service. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

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Ashton Covers Burkburnett and Iowa Park too...

by Ashton Gustafson

Ashton covers not only Wichita Falls, but also Burkburnett and Iowa Park. Tune in below to the first episode of Ashton's Real Estate On the GO.....

See all Wichita Falls, Burkburnett, Iowa Park, and Sheppard Air Force Base homes @

1659 Victory - Wichita Falls, TX New Listing

by Ashton Gustafson

1659 Victory, Wichita Falls, TX 76301

Priced @ $112,900

2 beds (could be 3) - 2 full baths - 1323 square feet

1 garage with storage and 1 carport

Great charm and character is found in this lovely Brook Village cottage. Numerous updates can be found here as well...refurbished hardwood floors, recent kitchen appliances, renovations in both bathrooms, and fresh paint throughout. Relax in the open living space with brick fireplace and great natural light from windows.

With the $8,000 Tax Credit Extenison, this would make a great home for a 1st Time Home Buyer.


Summary For the Extended Tax Credit -

by Ashton Gustafson

Good Monday morning to you!

I'm sure you've heard about the credit extension for 1st Time Buyers and now new's a quick overall summary for you to review.

As part of its plan to stimulate the U.S. housing market and address the economic challenges facing our nation, Congress has passed new legislation that:

  • Extends the First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit of up to $8,000 to first-time home buyers until April 30, 2010.
  • Expands the credit to grant up to $6,500 credit to current home owners purchasing a new or existing home between November 7, 2009 and April 30, 2010.

Here is more information about how the Extended Home Buyer Tax Credit can help prospective home buyers become part of the American dream.

Who Qualifies for the Extended Credit?

  • First-time home buyers who purchase homes between November 7, 2009 and April 30, 2010.
  • Current home owners purchasing a home between November 7, 2009 and April 30, 2010, who have used the home being sold or vacated as a principal residence for five consecutive years within the last eight.

To qualify as a “first-time home buyer” the purchaser or his/her spouse may not have owned a residence during the three years prior to the purchase.

If you purchased a home between January 1, 2009 and November 6, 2009, please see:

Which Properties Are Eligible?

The Extended Home Buyer Tax Credit may be applied to primary residences, including: single-family homes, condos, town homes, and co-ops.

How Much Is Available?

The maximum allowable credit for first-time home buyers is $8,000.

The maximum allowable credit for current homeowners is $6,500.

How is a Buyer's Credit Amount Determined?

Each home buyer’s tax credit is determined by tow additional factors:

  1. The price of the home.
  2. The buyer's income.


Under the Extended Home Buyer Tax Credit, credit may only be awarded on homes purchased for $800,000 or less.

Buyer Income

Under the Extended Home Buyer Tax Credit, which is effective on November 7, 2009,  single buyers with incomes up to $125,000 and married couples with incomes up to $225,000—may receive the maximum tax credit.

These income limits have changed from the 2009 First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit limits. If you purchased a home between January 1, 2009 and November 6, 2009, please see:

If the Buyer(s)’ Income Exceeds These Limits, Can He/She Still Get a Credit?

Yes, some buyers may still be eligible for the credit.

The credit decreases for buyers who earn between $125,000 and $145,000 for single buyers and between $225,000 and $245,000 for home buyers filing jointly. The amount of the tax credit decreases as his/her income approaches the maximum limit. Home buyers earning more than the maximum qualifying income—over $145,000 for singles and over $245,000 for couples are not eligible for the credit.

Can a Buyer Still Qualify If He/She Closes After April 30, 2010?

Under the Extended Home Buyer Tax Credit, as long as a written binding contract to purchase is in effect on April 30, 2010, the purchaser will have until July 1, 2010 to close.

Will the Tax Credit Need to Be Repaid?

No. The buyer does not need to repay the tax credit, if he/she occupies the home for three years or more. However, if the property is sold during this three-year period, the full amount credit will be recouped on the sale.

Hope this helps you gain some understanding. If I can serve you or anyone you may know this week, please let me know.

Tax Credit For First Time Home Buyers - Extenison? Looks like it.

by Ashton Gustafson

Great news for those of you still wanting to buy a home and thinking you've missed the $8,000 Tax Credit!!  The Senate voted Wednesday November, 4, 2009 to extend and expand the tax credit to include many buyers who already own homes. 

Buyers who have owned their current homes at least five years would be eligible for tax credits up to $6,500 and the bill extends the $8,000 tax credit to those first time home buyers who haven't owned a home in the last three years.  To qualify, buyers in both groups have to have a signed purchase agreement by April 30, 2010, and close by June 30, 2010.

The credit is available for the purchase of principal homes costing $800,000 or less, meaning vacation homes are ineligible.  The credit would also be phased out for those folks with annual incomes above $125,000 and for joint filers with incomes above $225,000.

For members of the military serving outside the United States for at least 90 days and more, the credit will extend until June 30, 2011.

This bill is H.R. 3548.

The house is scheduled to vote on this bill today, Thursday, November 5, 2009.  Stay Tuned.....

Wichita Falls Available Foreclosures - 11-4-09

by Ashton Gustafson

Looks like there are some great buys this week. Let me know if I can set up a time for you or anyone you may know to preview the homes below.

4918 Silvercrest - $258,500 - 4 beds - 3 baths - 3 garage

4822 Rhea Road - $117,000 - 3 bed - 2 bath - 2 garage. Bid deadline is daily @ 11:59 pm.

1701 Tilden - $123,000 - 4 bed - 2 baths - Backyard Apartment - Just reduced $26,000.

2907 Lawrence - $43,900 - 3 bed - 2 bath

4803 Shenandoah - $130,000 - 2251 square feet - 4 Bed - 2 Bath - 2 Garage - Bid deadline is November 12 @ 11:59 pm.

Hope all is well and I look forward to hearing from you.

Vote Today Propositions 2, 3, and 5

by Ashton Gustafson

Don't forget to vote TODAY!! 
  Texans have the opportunity today to vote on several constitutional amendments that will help ensure fair and uniform tax appraisals for property owners. An e-mail misinformation campaign has been circulating that makes false claims about Propositions 2 and 3. The e-mail claims that passing these propositions will allow the state to start taxing homeowners. That is complete fiction. Here are brief explanations of what all three amendments will actually do:
     Proposition 2 will require county appraisal districts to value a home as a home. Currently, appraisal districts can use the "best and highest use" method to value a residence based on its potential use. For example, a residence in a neighborhood zoned for mixed use could be appraised at a higher amount for its possible use as a commercial property.
     Proposition 3 gives the state the ability to make sure appraisal methods are consistent throughout the 254 Texas counties.
     Proposition 5 will make it acceptable for two adjoining appraisal districts to combine their boards of equalization if they wish - an option that rural counties may find attractive. 

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Ashton Gustafson
The Bishop Realtor Group
1916 N. Elmwood Ave.
Wichita Falls TX 76308
Office: 940-691-7355
Fax: 940-691-7363