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NAHB: Builder Sentiment Surges in August
By August 16, 2017 Read More →

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.

Posted in: Home Values
You Ask, We Answer: What Kind of Fees Are Involved When I Get a Reverse Mortgage?
By August 15, 2017 Read More →

You Ask, We Answer: What Kind of Fees Are Involved When I Get a Reverse Mortgage?

If you are approaching your golden years and seeking a bit of financial flexibility, you might want to look at a reverse mortgage. Of course, a reverse mortgage isn’t without its costs. Let’s explore the fees that you will encounter when you take out a reverse mortgage loan.

Posted in: Home Mortgage Tips
The Quick and Easy Guide to Determining How Big of a Mortgage Your Family Can Afford
By August 11, 2017 Read More →

The Quick and Easy Guide to Determining How Big of a Mortgage Your Family Can Afford

Are you shopping around for a new house or apartment? One of the key considerations you will need to make is figuring out how much you want to invest in your new home. Below you’ll find our quick and easy guide to determining just how much “house” you can afford. Let’s get started!

Posted in: Home Mortgage Tips
Getting Tired of Renting? Here Are the Top 5 Reasons Why Young People Prefer Owning a Home
By August 10, 2017 Read More →

Getting Tired of Renting? Here Are the Top 5 Reasons Why Young People Prefer Owning a Home

At some point in their lives, every renter thinks about home ownership and whether or not it’s worth it. Let’s explore the top 5 reasons why young individuals prefer the idea of owning a home over renting.

Posted in: Home Buyer Tips
3 Reasons to Hit the Accelerator on Your Mortgage Payments – If You Can Afford It
By August 9, 2017 Read More →

3 Reasons to Hit the Accelerator on Your Mortgage Payments – If You Can Afford It

Does the thought of repaying your mortgage for the next twenty-plus years leave you feeling a little down? Whether you’ve had your mortgage for weeks or years, accelerating your payments is an excellent option that can help get your mortgage fully paid off in a shorter time frame. Let’s explore three great reasons to accelerate your payments so that your mortgage debt is paid down faster.

Posted in: Home Mortgage Tips
Community Living: The Quick and Easy Guide to Starting a Community Garden
By August 8, 2017 Read More →

Community Living: The Quick and Easy Guide to Starting a Community Garden

Ah, the city. With so many people living in an urban landscape these days, it can be hard to find anything more than a planter on the balcony for your herbs. And good luck finding space for vegetables or large flowering plants! Fortunately, coming up with a community garden can be a great way to get the locals together. If you’re wondering how to get started with this fun project, begin with the following guide.

Posted in: Around The Home
What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – August 7, 2017
By August 7, 2017 Read More →

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – August 7, 2017

Last week’s economic news included readings on pending home sales, construction spending. Several reports related to employment were also posted along with weekly readings on mortgage rates and new jobless claims.

Posted in: Mortgage Rates
5 Things That First-time Home Buyers Wish They Knew Before They Signed
By August 4, 2017 Read More →

5 Things That First-time Home Buyers Wish They Knew Before They Signed

Without a doubt, it can be both overwhelming and exciting to find your dream home and be able to put the money down for it. However, there are a lot of things to know before signing on the dotted line so you can avoid buyer’s remorse. Instead of going it alone, here are a few tips to keep in mind before you decide to commit to your new home.

Posted in: Home Buyer Tips
Living Under Water Restrictions? Transform Your Garden With These Succulent Plants
By August 3, 2017 Read More →

Living Under Water Restrictions? Transform Your Garden With These Succulent Plants

It can be difficult to deal with water restrictions if you’re a bit of a green thumb and don’t want your beautiful plants to go to waste. Fortunately, there are plenty of succulents out there that can be quite striking and will still be able to store the water they need to survive. If you’re looking for some low-maintenance plants that thrive in the dry season, here are a few succulents that will do the trick.

Posted in: Around The Home
Thinking About a New Home? 3 Reasons Why a Mortgage Will Be the Best Money You Ever Borrow
By August 2, 2017 Read More →

Thinking About a New Home? 3 Reasons Why a Mortgage Will Be the Best Money You Ever Borrow

In these days of low interest rates, it can be a great idea to get into the real estate market and invest in a home. However, if you don’t have the funds saved up to buy a home outright, it may seem like more of a burden than it’s worth. The good news is that you might qualify for a mortgage loan, which tend to come with more favorable terms than a traditional bank loan. Here are three reasons why a mortgage might just be the best money you ever borrow.

Posted in: Home Mortgage Tips