Mortgage Information Center

Trying to Save on Your Closing Costs? Here Are Three Tips That Can Help Lower Them
December 10, 2014 |

Trying to Save on Your Closing Costs? Here Are Three Tips That Can Help Lower Them

Whether you’re about to close on a lovely new house for your growing family or a stylish beachfront condo so you can retire close to the ocean, one thing is certain: you’re going to face a variety of closing costs.

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Understanding Mortgage Insurance and the Difference Between FHA, VA and USDA Mortgages
December 9, 2014 |

Understanding Mortgage Insurance and the Difference Between FHA, VA and USDA Mortgages

Are you thinking about using mortgage financing to buy a new home? If so, you’ve likely heard about mortgage insurance policies requirements and you may be wondering how they will affect you. In today’s blog post we’ll explore mortgage insurance and explain the difference between conventional, FHA, VA and USDA mortgage insurance policies.

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Buying an Investment Property? Here’s How You Can Maximize Your Rental Revenue
December 4, 2014 |

Buying an Investment Property? Here’s How You Can Maximize Your Rental Revenue

Whether you’re buying a ski-in/ski-out condo at your favorite resort or you’re thinking of picking up a small home in a busy tourist area, buying a property for short-term rental purposes can be an excellent investment that quickly begins to provide additional revenue.

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Home and Garden

What Happens If Santa Has No Chimney?
[ 0 ] December 17, 2014 |

What Happens If Santa Has No Chimney?

Online real estate website, Trulia, asked some kids what Santa could do if the house had no chimneys? The answers are adorable.

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Three Hot Renovations That Will Boost Your Home’s Value Without Breaking the Bank
December 12, 2014 |

Three Hot Renovations That Will Boost Your Home’s Value Without Breaking the Bank

Are you feeling the “renovation itch” or perhaps looking for a fun project that you can take on which will provide you with a return on your investment? Let’s take a look at three popular home renovations that can increase your home equity without draining your bank account.

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Sandbagging Techniques
[ 0 ] December 9, 2014 |

Sandbagging Techniques

We are facing record storms here in Northern California – if you think you need to sandbag to protect your home and property, this video will show you the proper technique for filling and stacking bags, as well as preparing the exterior of your home to minimize water entry.    

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Home Buyer Tips

First Time Buyers: Understanding How Property Taxes Work and What You Can Expect to Pay
December 11, 2014 |

First Time Buyers: Understanding How Property Taxes Work and What You Can Expect to Pay

Are you about to buy a house or condo for the first time? In this blog post we’ll share how property taxes work and what you can expect to pay when you buy your new home.

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You Ask, We Answer: How to Choose Between Expanding Your Current Home and Buying a New One
December 5, 2014 |

You Ask, We Answer: How to Choose Between Expanding Your Current Home and Buying a New One

Let’s take a quick look at a few questions that will help you to determine whether buying a new home or expanding your current home is the best choice when you’re in need of some extra space.

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Buying an Investment Property? Here’s How You Can Maximize Your Rental Revenue
December 4, 2014 |

Buying an Investment Property? Here’s How You Can Maximize Your Rental Revenue

Whether you’re buying a ski-in/ski-out condo at your favorite resort or you’re thinking of picking up a small home in a busy tourist area, buying a property for short-term rental purposes can be an excellent investment that quickly begins to provide additional revenue.

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Other Recent Posts

FOMC Statement: No Year-End Surprises

FOMC Statement: No Year-End Surprises

December 18, 2014 |

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) said in its last statement for 2014 that although economic conditions have improved at a moderate pace, the Fed believes that the target federal funds rate of between 0.00 and 0.25 percent remains “appropriate.” While labor markets show expanding job growth and lower unemployment rates, FOMC members noted that housing markets are recovering slowly.

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Market News for December 17, 2014

Market News for December 17, 2014

[ 0 ] December 17, 2014 |

Plunging gas prices at the pump led consumer prices lower in November, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The November Consumer Price Index (CPI) fell by 0.3% when economists were looking for a decline of 0.1%. The -0.3% was the largest monthly drop in six years. The price of gas fell 6.6% in […]

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Be Prepared for Your Mortgage Pre-approval Interview by Having Answers to These 4 Questions

Be Prepared for Your Mortgage Pre-approval Interview by Having Answers to These 4 Questions

December 17, 2014 |

So – you’ve completed an initial mortgage pre-qualification and now you’re ready to take the next step and meet with your lender or mortgage advisor for the pre-approval interview. Are you ready? Let’s take a quick look at a few questions you should know the answers to before you go in for a mortgage pre-approval.

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Market News for December 16, 2016

Market News for December 16, 2016

[ 0 ] December 16, 2014 |

Groundbreaking for construction of new homes eased from October to November according to the Commerce Department on Tuesday. Housing Starts fell by 1.6% last month from the previous month to an annual rates of 1.03 million units from the 1.05 million recorded in October and below the 1.04 million expected. Within the report it revealed […]

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Home Builder Index Stays Near Nine Year Peak

Home Builder Index Stays Near Nine Year Peak

December 16, 2014 |

Home Builder Sentiment slipped to a reading of 57 in December according to the National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index. November’s reading of 58 prompted analysts to project a reading of 59 for December. The latest reading marks the sixth consecutive month for readings above 50.

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