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How Will Having a New President Impact Your Mortgage? Let’s Take a Look
January 20, 2017 |

How Will Having a New President Impact Your Mortgage? Let’s Take a Look

There is always uncertainty in the market in an election year, but many people are wondering exactly what kind of impact Donald Trump’s election will have on their mortgage and the real estate options available. Here are some possibilities for the mortgage market following the results of the 2016 election.

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Get Your Mortgage Paid Down Faster With These 5 Simple Money Saving Strategies
January 18, 2017 |

Get Your Mortgage Paid Down Faster With These 5 Simple Money Saving Strategies

The monthly mortgage payment can be burdensome for many, but it’s possible you’ve thought of trying to pay it down more quickly. Without getting a new job or working overtime, here are some tips you can use on a daily basis to save additional funds and pay off your mortgage at a swifter rate.

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Wondering How Much Mortgage You Can Afford? Here’s How to Calculate It
January 13, 2017 |

Wondering How Much Mortgage You Can Afford? Here’s How to Calculate It

Many people are aware of the financial commitment that is involved when investing in a home, but what that amounts to is different for every person. From what you can afford to what a lender will allow, there are plenty of details involved in determining the right home for you. If you’re not quite sure what the right price is, here’s how to approach home ownership and determine your debt-to-income.

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Real Estate

4 Terrible Mistakes Made by First-time Home Sellers
January 12, 2017 |

4 Terrible Mistakes Made by First-time Home Sellers

There are a lot of different factors that go into selling a home for the first time that can make it a stressful process, but there are a few things home sellers should avoid for a successful sale. If you’re going to be putting your home on the market in the near future and are hoping for quick success, here are some common mistakes you’ll want to be sure to bypass.

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5 Major Red Flags to Watch for When You’re Touring an Open House
January 3, 2017 |

5 Major Red Flags to Watch for When You’re Touring an Open House

An open house is one of the best opportunities a potential homeowner will have to take stock of a home and determine if it will work for them. If you’re currently perusing the open houses in your neighborhood, here’s some things you should make sure to watch out for.

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Selling Social: How to Leverage Your Social Network to Sell Your Home Faster
December 30, 2016 |

Selling Social: How to Leverage Your Social Network to Sell Your Home Faster

There were days when the marketing of a home involved plunking a sign into the front yard, but with the power of the Internet, there are many mediums through which home sellers can find potential buyers. If you’re currently looking at ways to use the power of social media in order to get your ideal purchase price, here are some things you can do to best harness its capabilities.

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Market News

Home Builder Index Dips in January
January 19, 2017 |

Home Builder Index Dips in January

January’s National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index dipped two points from December’s revised reading of 69 to 67; the index reading forecast for January was also 69.Analysts said that January’s reading was the second highest (after December 2016) since the peak of the housing bubble in 2005. January’s dip in builder sentiment was attributed to easing of builder enthusiasm, which spiked right after the U.S. presidential election. To put January’s home builder confidence reading in context, NAHB says that any index reading over 50 indicates that more builders than fewer have confidence in housing market conditions.

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Understanding Real Estate Contracts and What You Can Expect to Find
January 10, 2017 |

Understanding Real Estate Contracts and What You Can Expect to Find

There are a lot of things that go into the successful sale of your home, but many people are unfamiliar with the intricacies of the contract. Whether you consult with your real estate agent or plan on diving in on your own, it’s important to be clear on the terms. If you’re wondering what you can expect when it comes to the contract, here are some pointers on what to watch out for.

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Case-Shiller: Home Price Growth Continues
December 28, 2016 |

Case-Shiller: Home Price Growth Continues

Home increased in October according to Case-Shiller’s 20City Home Price Index. Home prices rose from September’s annualized reading of 5.40 percent to 5.60 percent. Factors contributing to rising home prices include stronger economic conditions and outlook along with short inventories of available homes coupled with high demand. On average, October home prices rose 5.10 percent on seasonally adjusted annual basis, which was unchanged from September’s reading.

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Home and Garden

Winter’s Coming: Learn How to Prepare Your Plants, Trees and Other Landscaping
December 13, 2016 |

Winter’s Coming: Learn How to Prepare Your Plants, Trees and Other Landscaping

From the approaching holiday season to the New Year, there are a lot of things to prepare for when it comes to the winter. If you’re wondering how to ready your trees, your plants and your yard, here are some tips for saving your vegetation until the springtime.

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Let’s Talk Basements: How to Finish Your Basement so It Adds Value to Your Home
November 30, 2016 |

Let’s Talk Basements: How to Finish Your Basement so It Adds Value to Your Home

Are you on the hunt for home renovations that will boost usability and value? Look no further than that unfinished basement. In this article, we’ll show you how to turn that dusty cave into an amazing new living space.

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Five Unique Renovations That Can Make Small Living Spaces Feel Bigger
November 18, 2016 |

Five Unique Renovations That Can Make Small Living Spaces Feel Bigger

Just because you live in a small space doesn’t mean your home needs to feel cramped. There are several renovations that are popular among interior designers to make a space feel larger. Incorporate them into your own home to give it a more open, spacious feel.

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Other Recent Posts

4 Things You Absolutely Should Not Do After You Apply for a Mortgage

4 Things You Absolutely Should Not Do After You Apply for a Mortgage

January 11, 2017 |

If you have a good credit history and are prepared to invest in a home, you may be feeling pretty confident about the mortgage process. However, it’s important to be aware that there are things that can have a negative impact on your application.

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – January 9, 2017

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – January 9, 2017

January 9, 2017 |

2017 started with good news; fixed mortgage rates were lower, but the national unemployment rate ticked upward and labor reports showed fewer openings for public and private sector jobs. Construction spending was higher in November.

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Understanding the Reverse Mortgage and How to Use It to Pay Off a Regular Mortgage

Understanding the Reverse Mortgage and How to Use It to Pay Off a Regular Mortgage

January 6, 2017 |

There are a variety of mortgage products out there that serve the needs of different homeowners, but for the uninitiated it can be hard to know what will work best for them. If you happen to be close to retirement and are looking at options that will be more financially beneficial for you, here are the details on a reverse mortgage and how this product can work for you.

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