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Call in the Pros: 4 Ways That Using a Mortgage Professional Will Save You a Lot of Money
February 17, 2017 |

Call in the Pros: 4 Ways That Using a Mortgage Professional Will Save You a Lot of Money

It may seem better to go it alone when it comes to acquiring a mortgage, but there are many benefits associated with using a mortgage professional that can make finding your dream home a lot easier. If you’re currently getting prepared to hit the market and are weighing your options, here are some reasons that a professional who knows the neighborhood will save you money.

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4 Misconceptions About Reverse Mortgages — and Why You May Decide You Want One
February 15, 2017 |

4 Misconceptions About Reverse Mortgages — and Why You May Decide You Want One

With so many mortgage products available on the market, it can be hard to know which ones will serve you best as a homeowner. As a result, there are many mistruths surrounding reverse mortgage products. Let’s clear away some of the misconceptions.

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Worried About Future Mortgage Rate Increases? Here’s How to ‘Stress Test’ Your Finances
February 10, 2017 |

Worried About Future Mortgage Rate Increases? Here’s How to ‘Stress Test’ Your Finances

When it comes to real estate, there are always going to be upswings in the market that will have an impact on your mortgage payment and overall financial health. If you’re concerned about rates on the rise, here are a few tips to test out you’re fiscal well-being.

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Real Estate

Buyer’s Remorse: 3 Things You Should Never Say When You’re Negotiating to Buy a Home
February 14, 2017 |

Buyer’s Remorse: 3 Things You Should Never Say When You’re Negotiating to Buy a Home

The prospect of finding the home you’ve always dreamed of can be such an exciting prospect that it’s easy to forget all about the process of negotiating. However, it’s important to keep a few things to yourself when it comes to the art of making the deal. If you’re currently searching for the right place and are preparing to sign on the dotted line, here are a few phrases it’s best to avoid.

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Buying Real Estate vs. Buying Stocks: Here’s Why a Home Should Be Your Priority
February 8, 2017 |

Buying Real Estate vs. Buying Stocks: Here’s Why a Home Should Be Your Priority

Once you’re done with debt and you’ve started to save, it’s commonly the case that you’ll start hearing about the risks and rewards of investing in stocks or real estate. Unfortunately, it can be difficult for many people to know what type of investment is going to work better for them down the road. If you’re currently considering what you should put your money into, here are some reasons you may want to turn to real estate.

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Struggling to Sell Your House in the Winter? Try These Innovative Home Staging Tips
February 7, 2017 |

Struggling to Sell Your House in the Winter? Try These Innovative Home Staging Tips

With all of the busyness of the winter months and most people settling in for the season, it can be hard to achieve a successful home sale at the end of the year. Fortunately, if you simply can’t wait to put your home on the market, here are some staging tips that will engage potential buyers so you won’t have to wait much longer for an offer.

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Market News

Case-Shiller: Home Price Growth Continues
February 1, 2017 |

Case-Shiller: Home Price Growth Continues

November home prices grew by 5.60 percent year-over-year on a seasonally adjusted basis according to Case-Shiller’s reading on National Home Prices. National average home prices rose 0.80 percent from October to November. Case-Shiller’s 20-City home price index revealed that the West and Mountain regions continue to hold the top three growth rates for home prices.

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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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Home and Garden

2017 Home Decor Trends: Stay on Top of Modern Trends With This Handy Guide
February 16, 2017 |

2017 Home Decor Trends: Stay on Top of Modern Trends With This Handy Guide

Now that 2017 is here, it’s time to consider which upgrades you will make to your home. If you don’t have any major renovations planned, you can still tackle smaller projects or theme rooms. In today’s post we’ll explore some of the home decor trends expected to be popular in 2017.

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5 Home Maintenance Chores That You Can’t Forget to Take Care of This Winter
January 31, 2017 |

5 Home Maintenance Chores That You Can’t Forget to Take Care of This Winter

Winter may be a time for nesting until the cold weather abates, but there are a number of important tasks that a homeowner should be sure to do during the winter months. If you’re readying for the slow season or wondering what you might have forgotten, here are some things you’ll want to check off your to-do list.

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3 Important Things To Consider Before Listing Your Home on Airbnb
January 24, 2017 |

3 Important Things To Consider Before Listing Your Home on Airbnb

Airbnb has become an attractive way for homeowners to make income from their property. Although Airbnb’s is known for its reputable insurance policy, there are a few things you should consider before listing your home online.

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Other Recent Posts

The 2017 Mortgage Rate Outlook: Here’s What the Experts Are Saying

The 2017 Mortgage Rate Outlook: Here’s What the Experts Are Saying

February 9, 2017 |

The post-election period is often one of uncertainty, and the time since the 2016 election has been no different with regards to market force and the financial world. With a new administration taking office, there are many questions regarding how Donald Trump’s presidency will impact the market and your mortgage.

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – February 6, 2017

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – February 6, 2017

February 6, 2017 |

Last week’s economic news included several good signs for U.S. Labor Markets with higher than expected readings for private and public sector job creation. The Federal Reserve announced its decision not to raise the target federal funds range, and inflation rose. Mortgage rates held steady and pending home sales rose.

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Trying to Decide Whether or Not to Sell Your Home? Here Are 5 Key Questions to Ask Yourself

Trying to Decide Whether or Not to Sell Your Home? Here Are 5 Key Questions to Ask Yourself

February 3, 2017 |

Selling a home, especially one with sentimental value, is never an easy decision to make. There are many factors that go into determining if the home is ready to be listed and if the seller is actually ready to part with it.

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