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3 Ways That a Reverse Mortgage Can Transform Your Retirement
November 21, 2017 |

3 Ways That a Reverse Mortgage Can Transform Your Retirement

Are you a retired individual looking for ways to increase your financial security? If so, you may have heard of a home equity conversion mortgage, more commonly known as a reverse mortgage. Used correctly, this is one of the most effective financial products for retirees who own their home.

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – November 20, 2017
November 20, 2017 |

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – November 20, 2017

Last week’s economic news included remarks by Fed Chair Janet Yellen about the diversity of opinions in the Federal Open Market Committee, readings on inflation, and the National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index. The Commerce Department issued reports on housing starts and building permits issued; Freddie Mac and the Commerce Department issued weekly readings on mortgage rates and new jobless claims.

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Single and Considering a New Home? Here’s What You’ll Need to Know About Your Mortgage
November 17, 2017 |

Single and Considering a New Home? Here’s What You’ll Need to Know About Your Mortgage

Have you decided that it is time to move on from renting? If you are single and living alone, you may be wondering whether or not homeownership is right for you. Let’s have a look at a few key factors that you will need to be aware of when taking out a mortgage as a single person.

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Real Estate

You Ask, We Answer: Should I Build a New Custom Home or Buy an Existing One?
November 3, 2017 |

You Ask, We Answer: Should I Build a New Custom Home or Buy an Existing One?

Are you looking to buy a new house in the near future? If so, one of the choices you will face is constructing your own brand-new home or buying an existing home. The idea of building a new house on the right piece of land might sound enticing, but what if you could have a larger, more luxurious existing home in the same neighborhood for a much lower cost?

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Buying an Older Home? Watch Out for These 3 Key Flaws That Could Spell Trouble
October 27, 2017 |

Buying an Older Home? Watch Out for These 3 Key Flaws That Could Spell Trouble

Are you a fan of homes with a bit more character than newer, modern designs? Whether in pristine condition or more of a “fixer upper,” older homes are incredibly popular in cities across the country. However, there are some key factors to consider if you’re thinking about buying a home built decades ago before modern standards were enforced.

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Real Estate Negotiations: 3 Tricks That You Can Use to Ensure Yours Is the Winning Bid
October 3, 2017 |

Real Estate Negotiations: 3 Tricks That You Can Use to Ensure Yours Is the Winning Bid

You’ve toured through a number of listings, attended all the open houses and have found your potential new dream home. Now the hard part begins, especially if you’re working against other buyers who are keen on getting the same home as you. Let’s take a look at three tricks that you can use to make sure the bid you submit on a home is the one that wins.

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Market News

Case-Shiller Home Price Index: National Home Prices Reach Pre-Recession Level
August 30, 2017 |

Case-Shiller Home Price Index: National Home Prices Reach Pre-Recession Level

According to the Case-Shiller National Home Price Index for June, Seattle, Washington continued to lead home price growth for the tenth consecutive month with a June reading of 13.40 percent growth year-over-year. Portland Oregon held second place for home price growth in the 20-City Home Price Index in June but trailed Seattle by 5.20 percent with 8.20 percent year-over-year home price growth. Dallas Texas held third place with a year-over-year home price growth rate of 7.70 percent. The 20-City Home Price Index increased by 5.70 percent year-over-year and was unchanged from May’s reading.

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NAHB: Builder Sentiment Surges in August
August 16, 2017 |

NAHB: Builder Sentiment Surges in August

Home builder confidence in housing market conditions surged in August after sagging to an eight-month low in July. The National Association of Home Builders reported a July reading of 68 in August after analysts expected a one- point increase from July’s Housing Market Index reading of 64. Any reading over 50 indicates that more builders consider housing market conditions positive than those who do not.

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NAHB: Builder Confidence in Market Conditions Dips in July
July 19, 2017 |

NAHB: Builder Confidence in Market Conditions Dips in July

According to the National Association of Home Builders, July builder sentiment dipped to an index reading of 64 as compared to June’s revised reading of 66, the original reading was 67. Analysts expected the reading for July to increase to 68. Builders cited increasing lumber prices as a concern affecting builders’ outlook on housing market conditions for new single-family homes. Any reading over 50 for the NAHB Housing Market Index indicates that more builders than fewer are positive about housing market conditions, but July’s reading was the lowest in eight months. NAHB said that home builder confidence in market condition “remains strong.”

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Home and Garden

Brighten up Your House With These Autumn-inspired Home Decor Ideas
October 13, 2017 |

Brighten up Your House With These Autumn-inspired Home Decor Ideas

The kids are heading back to school, the leaves are starting to turn and the weather is getting cooler. Yes, autumn has arrived, but the end of summer does not mean that your home d?cor has to suffer. Let’s take a look at a few ways that you can brighten up your home and give it that warm, autumn feeling.

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Baby on the Way? Learn How to Child-proof Your Home so Your Baby Is Safe From Harm
October 11, 2017 |

Baby on the Way? Learn How to Child-proof Your Home so Your Baby Is Safe From Harm

Do you have a baby on the way? If so, you are likely already wondering how you are supposed to make your home safe from harm. The good news is that with a little work, you’ll be able to make your house or apartment that much safer. Let’s take a look at how you can child-proof your home in under a few hours.

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Upgrading Your Home? 5 Great Reasons to Make the Switch to Hardwood Floors
October 5, 2017 |

Upgrading Your Home? 5 Great Reasons to Make the Switch to Hardwood Floors

Are you tired of scouring the internet, trying to find the secret recipe for whatever will take stains out of your carpet? And the irritating annual steam cleaning ritual where your whole home is soaking wet for a couple of days? Ugh. If your old carpet has you down, it might be time for a change. In today’s blog post we’ll share five great reasons why you’ll want to make the switch from carpet to hardwood floors.

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Other Recent Posts

Let’s Talk Closets: Why a Walk-in Closet Is a Must Have for Any New Home Buyer

Let’s Talk Closets: Why a Walk-in Closet Is a Must Have for Any New Home Buyer

November 16, 2017 |

Are you in the market for a new house or condo? Whether you’re looking for something luxurious or intimate, you’ll want to ensure that you have enough space for all of life’s necessities. Many home buyers focus on bedrooms, bathrooms and living areas as their top priorities. But have you given any thought to your closet space?

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The Easy 3-Step Guide to Get Started With Real Estate Investing

The Easy 3-Step Guide to Get Started With Real Estate Investing

November 15, 2017 |

Are you interested in expanding your investment portfolio with hard, long-term assets that are almost certain to grow in value? If so, you will want to consider investing in real estate. Let’s take a look at how you can get started with real estate investing in just three easy steps.

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Buying a New Home? Make Your Move Easier With These Three Purging Tips

Buying a New Home? Make Your Move Easier With These Three Purging Tips

November 14, 2017 |

Are you thinking about buying a new house or apartment? While the prospect of a new home is undoubtedly exciting, you may be dreading the thought at having to pack everything up and move. In today’s blog post we will explore three tips for purging old, unwanted or forgotten items before making a move into a new home.

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