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Five Ways to Make Your Home’s ‘Curb Appeal’ Better Than Your Neighbors’
By November 23, 2016 Read More →

Five Ways to Make Your Home’s ‘Curb Appeal’ Better Than Your Neighbors’

Curb appeal, or how your home looks from the street, is an essential part of preparing to sell your house. It’s also where comparison with your neighbors’ homes is inescapable – which poses a problem if you’re both on the market. Read on for five ways to boost your own curb appeal.

Posted in: Home Seller Tips
First-time Home Buyers: Here’s a Quick and Easy Guide to Your First Mortgage
By November 22, 2016 Read More →

First-time Home Buyers: Here’s a Quick and Easy Guide to Your First Mortgage

Whether it’s market conditions or the amount you should be spending, there are a number of factors you’ll need to be aware of. If you’re just starting out and not sure where to begin, here are some points to consider that will set you on the right path.

Posted in: Home Mortgage Tips
What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – November 21, 2016
By November 21, 2016 Read More →

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – November 21, 2016

Last week’s economic reports included readings on the National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index, Commerce Department releases on Housing Starts and Building Permits issued and weekly reports on new jobless claims and mortgage rates.

Posted in: Mortgage Rates
Five Unique Renovations That Can Make Small Living Spaces Feel Bigger
By November 18, 2016 Read More →

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.

Posted in: Around The Home
Home Builder Sentiment Unchanged in November
By November 17, 2016 Read More →

Home Builder Sentiment Unchanged in November

According to the National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index for November, builder sentiment was unchanged at a reading of 63. Readings above 50 indicate that a majority of builders are confident about housing market conditions. Readings for three sub-indexes used to calculate the Housing Market Index Readings for builder confidence in current market conditions and market conditions within the next six months were posted at 69. The reading for buyer foot traffic in housing developments was 47. Buyer traffic has not reached the benchmark reading of 50 since the peak of the housing bubble approximately 10 years ago.

Posted in: Housing Market
Staging Tips: 5 Interior Paint Colors That Will Help You Sell Your Home Faster
By November 16, 2016 Read More →

Staging Tips: 5 Interior Paint Colors That Will Help You Sell Your Home Faster

It’s important to remember that when a home is put up for sale it should appeal to as many people as possible. Sometimes those flashy paint colors the owners grew up with will not charm new buyers.

Here are five ideas for paint colors that will help any home sell quickly.

Posted in: Home Seller Tips
Applying for a Mortgage? 3 Easy Ways to Make the Process Easier — and Reduce Your Stress
By November 15, 2016 Read More →

Applying for a Mortgage? 3 Easy Ways to Make the Process Easier — and Reduce Your Stress

There are more than enough details involved in getting a mortgage and moving into your own home that you’ll want to know how to make the process as seamless as possible beforehand. If you’re currently looking for a home and are wondering how to streamline the approval process, here are some things to do before applying to minimize mortgage-related stress.

Posted in: Home Mortgage Tips
What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – November 14, 2016
By November 14, 2016 Read More →

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – November 14, 2016

Last week’s economic news included readings on job openings, consumer sentiment and the Federal Reserve’s monthly survey of senior loan officers. Weekly reports on mortgage rates and new jobless claims were also released. Freddie Mac noted that last week’s primary mortgage market survey did not include post-election readings as the survey information was gathered prior to election results.

Posted in: Mortgage Rates
Reduce Your Home’s Carbon Footprint With These Energy-Saving Tips
By November 11, 2016 Read More →

Reduce Your Home’s Carbon Footprint With These Energy-Saving Tips

Do you believe that humans are changing the climate? As of today, the debate over carbon dioxide and climate change continues to rage. But regardless of your political standpoint, there’s always a case for reducing electricity use. Because who doesn’t like saving money, right?

Posted in: Around The Home
3 Ways That You Can Leverage Mortgage Financing to Build a Real Estate Investment Portfolio
By November 10, 2016 Read More →

3 Ways That You Can Leverage Mortgage Financing to Build a Real Estate Investment Portfolio

If you’re getting into the real estate game and are wondering how you can make use of investing in homes to improve your net worth, here are three ways you can successfully work towards a real estate investment portfolio that will make you proud.

Posted in: Home Mortgage Tips