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Dealing with Mice: Peppermint Oil, Dryer Sheets and Other Crazy Tricks to Try
By October 28, 2016 Read More →

Dealing with Mice: Peppermint Oil, Dryer Sheets and Other Crazy Tricks to Try

There are things that everyone shares: the need for food, the search for love, and the intrusion of mice into our homes. But don’t despair! There are several ways to deter and remove mice.

Posted in: Around The Home
S&P Case-Shiller: Home Prices Gain in August
By October 27, 2016 Read More →

S&P Case-Shiller: Home Prices Gain in August

Home prices gained in August per the 20-City S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index. Analysts said that home values continue to expand in spite of challenges including low inventories of available homes and strict mortgage qualification requirements.

Posted in: Home Values
First Time Home Buyers: 3 Essential Tips That You Won’t Hear from Your Friends
By October 26, 2016 Read More →

First Time Home Buyers: 3 Essential Tips That You Won’t Hear from Your Friends

When it comes to diving into home ownership for the first time, it can seem like there are so many things you just don’t know. Whether you’re getting advice from your real estate agent, your friends or your family, there are so many things that seem like common sense that they might be lost in the mix of details.

Posted in: Home Buyer Tips
Buy Your Home Today: Understanding Why It’s a Bad Idea to Try and Time the Mortgage Market
By October 25, 2016 Read More →

Buy Your Home Today: Understanding Why It’s a Bad Idea to Try and Time the Mortgage Market

It’s often the case that people will opt to postpone home ownership until the best rates are available or it’s a more stable investment, but in an ever-shifting market it may not be the best decision to put such a sizeable investment off. Here are some reasons you may want to start putting your time into searching for a home.

Posted in: Home Mortgage Tips
What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – October 24, 2016
By October 24, 2016 Read More →

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – October 24, 2016

Last week’s economic releases included the National Association of Home Builders’ Housing Market Index along with reports on housing starts, building permits and sales of previously owned homes. Weekly reports on new jobless claims and mortgage rates were also released.

Posted in: Mortgage Rates
Did You Know?: How You Arrange Your Furniture Can Turn Off Potential Buyers. Here’s Why
By October 21, 2016 Read More →

Did You Know?: How You Arrange Your Furniture Can Turn Off Potential Buyers. Here’s Why

Most sellers focus on finding the right furniture to stage their home, but they never consider how the placement of that furniture can undo all their hard work. It’s a subconscious thing, but the arrangement of items in the home can really make a difference with buyers.

Posted in: Home Seller Tips
Forget Mortgage Apps: 5 Reasons Why You’ll Want to Use a Human Mortgage Broker
By October 20, 2016 Read More →

Forget Mortgage Apps: 5 Reasons Why You’ll Want to Use a Human Mortgage Broker

While many modern apps can be quite convenient, there are a few reasons you may want to use a knowledgeable mortgage professional to ensure the credibility of your most important purchase.

Posted in: Home Mortgage Tips
NAHB Housing Market Index Dips 2 Points
By October 19, 2016 Read More →

NAHB Housing Market Index Dips 2 Points

According to the National Association of Home Builders, overall builder confidence in housing markets dropped two points in October to an index reading of 63. September’s reading of 65 was the highest posted since the housing bubble peak.

Posted in: Housing Market
The Major Keys to Understanding When It’s Time to Refinance Your Mortgage
By October 18, 2016 Read More →

The Major Keys to Understanding When It’s Time to Refinance Your Mortgage

As a homeowner, you may have heard the term refinancing without being aware of exactly what it means, but there are a lot of pros and cons associated with what it can do for your financial situation. While getting a different new loan for your mortgage can be a good financial decision in certain situations, here are some things you should consider before you decide that this is the right choice for you.

Posted in: Home Mortgage Tips
What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – October 17, 2016
By October 17, 2016 Read More →

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – October 17, 2016

Job openings were lower in August after hitting an all-time high in July according to the federal government. Job openings fell to 5.44 million in August as compared to July’s reading of 5.83 million job openings, Job openings reached 5.31 million in August of 2015. Job quits were unchanged in August with a reading of 3.0 million quits; the quits rate was 2.20 percent. There were 5.4 million hires in August as compared to 5.8 million hires in July. The hiring rate held steady at 3.60 percent.

Posted in: Mortgage Rates