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Pay down Your Mortgage Faster by Eliminating These Five Unnecessary Household Expenses
July 29, 2016 |

Pay down Your Mortgage Faster by Eliminating These Five Unnecessary Household Expenses

The monthly mortgage payment can be one of the most significant household expenditures for a family. However, while it can be a sizeable amount, there are certain household things you may be able to eliminate that will help you put down more money and pay your mortgage off a little faster.

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Understanding Automated Underwriting and How It Impacts the Mortgage Application Process
July 28, 2016 |

Understanding Automated Underwriting and How It Impacts the Mortgage Application Process

From the time you’ll have to wait to the documentation that is required, here are some of the details on what you can expect when dealing with an automated underwriter.

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Case-Shiller: Home Price Growth Slows in May
July 27, 2016 |

Case-Shiller: Home Price Growth Slows in May

According to the S&P Case-Shiller 20-City Home Price Index, home price growth in May dropped to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.20 percent as compared to April’s reading of 5.40 percent. Analysts said that low mortgage rates continue to support housing markets, but also noted that affordability due to rising home prices is sidelining some would-be buyers. High demand for homes coupled with slim supplies of available homes have driven prices up for months; analysts said that “tentative signs” of slower gains in home prices were seen.

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Real Estate

NAHB: Home Builder Confidence Slips in June
July 19, 2016 |

NAHB: Home Builder Confidence Slips in June

Home builder confidence fell slightly in June to a reading of 59 according to the National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index. Analysts had expected no change to June’s reading of 60. June components of the HMI were also lower. Builder confidence in current market conditions dropped by one point to 63; builder confidence in market conditions over the next six months fell three points to a reading of 66. The reading for foot traffic in new single-family developments dropped one point to 55. Readings over 50 indicate that more builders than fewer are confident about housing market conditions.

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Budget-Friendly DIY Projects That Instantly Boost Curb Appeal
July 15, 2016 |

Budget-Friendly DIY Projects That Instantly Boost Curb Appeal

We’re told not to judge a book by its cover, but there’s no such rule in the housing market. Curb appeal is the external attractiveness of a home, and if you’re in the market for a house that first impression has a lot to do with your final decision. Alternatively, if you’re looking to sell, it’s an easy area to boost the attractiveness of your home.

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How To Host A Successful Open House
June 30, 2016 |

How To Host A Successful Open House

From fixing up all the minor repairs to cleaning the house top-to-bottom, there are a lot of small details that go into organizing the perfect open house. However, in the rush to organize everything, there are a number of to-do’s that are easy to forget about. If you’re currently prepping your home and don’t want to miss the important stuff, here are some things you should contemplate before setting the date.

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Market News

Market News for July 29, 2016
July 29, 2016 |

Market News for July 29, 2016

The Bureau of Economic Analysis reported on Friday that Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 1.2% in the second quarter of 2016, below the 2.6% expected. The weak reading was due in part to a big fall in inventories. In addition, the first quarter final reading was revised lower to 0.8% from 1.1%. However, consumer […]

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Market News for July 28, 2016
July 28, 2016 |

Market News for July 28, 2016

Americans filing for first-time unemployment benefits remained near 43-year lows, though claims did rise in the latest week. Weekly Initial Jobless Claims rose 16,000 to 266,000, above the 260,000 expected. Claims have now remained below 300,000, a threshold associated with a healthy labor market, for 73 straight weeks, the longest stretch since 1973. The four-week […]

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Market News for July 27, 2016
July 27, 2016 |

Market News for July 27, 2016

Shares of Apple are surging today after the maker of the popular iPhone reported better-than-expected quarterly earnings after the Stock markets closed on Tuesday. The company sold 40.4 million iPhones during the quarter, above the 40 billion expected, though down from the 47.5 million from the year-ago comparable quarter. Apple beat on earnings per share […]

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Home and Garden

How to Grill with Wood
July 29, 2016 |

How to Grill with Wood

There are all sorts of grills and grilling suggestions out there – propane, electric, charcoal, you name it.  But there is something really fun and special about grilling with wood. This video goes over the basics of wood-fired grilling.  Enjoy the weekend!

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Pay down Your Mortgage Faster by Eliminating These Five Unnecessary Household Expenses
July 29, 2016 |

Pay down Your Mortgage Faster by Eliminating These Five Unnecessary Household Expenses

The monthly mortgage payment can be one of the most significant household expenditures for a family. However, while it can be a sizeable amount, there are certain household things you may be able to eliminate that will help you put down more money and pay your mortgage off a little faster.

Read More

Budget-Friendly DIY Projects That Instantly Boost Curb Appeal
July 15, 2016 |

Budget-Friendly DIY Projects That Instantly Boost Curb Appeal

We’re told not to judge a book by its cover, but there’s no such rule in the housing market. Curb appeal is the external attractiveness of a home, and if you’re in the market for a house that first impression has a lot to do with your final decision. Alternatively, if you’re looking to sell, it’s an easy area to boost the attractiveness of your home.

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Market News for July 26, 2016

Market News for July 26, 2016

July 26, 2016 |

The Commerce Department reported on Tuesday that New Home Sales in June rose 3.5% from May to an annual rate of 592,000 units, which was above the 560,000 expected. In addition, May was revised higher to 572,000 from the 551,000 originally reported. The 592,000 is a 25.4% gain from June 2015 and is the highest […]

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3 Money-Smart Reasons To Downsize Your Home

3 Money-Smart Reasons To Downsize Your Home

July 26, 2016 |

Living big isn’t necessarily living better. Apartment buildings, townhouses and multiplexes have become the new normal for increasing numbers of individuals, couples and families. It’s clear that for many people, smaller spaces are smarter, too.

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Market News for July 25, 2016

Market News for July 25, 2016

July 25, 2016 |

The financial markets get set for a big week of events that includes a packed economic calendar with data on U.S. economic growth, housing, manufacturing and consumer attitudes. In addition, the heart of earnings season will take place this week. The big event will be the two-day Federal Open Market Committee meeting that kicks off […]

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