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3 Considerations When Making A Down Payment
By January 8, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

3 Considerations When Making A Down Payment

One of the challenges you will face when deciding how much money to put down on your new home is whether to put down a larger down payment or to take a bit of money from your down payment and use it to pay “discount points” to lower your interest rate.

Posted in: Home Buyer Tips
Case Shiller Price Index Shows Highest Year-Over-Year Gains Since 2006
By January 7, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Case Shiller Price Index Shows Highest Year-Over-Year Gains Since 2006

The Case-Shiller 10 and 20-City Home Price Indices for October were released on December 31. Although home prices in most cities continued to show year-over-year gains, the pace of home price appreciation is expected to slow in 2014.

Posted in: Housing Analysis
What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – January 6, 2014
By January 6, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – January 6, 2014

The last week of 2013 brought relatively good news in view of the economic roller coaster rides caused by legislative impasse. A brief shutdown of federal government agencies, and nail-biting suspense over if and when the FOMC of the Federal Reserve would taper its quantitative easing program.

Posted in: Mortgage Rates
5 Ways To Use Your Dead Christmas Tree
By January 3, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

5 Ways To Use Your Dead Christmas Tree

The holiday season is coming to an end. It’s time to pack up the stockings, and take the ornaments off the tree.

Posted in: Around The Home
Face The Numbers, A Mortgage That Works For You
By January 2, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Face The Numbers, A Mortgage That Works For You

Before taking out a mortgage to buy a home, it’s time to take a realistic survey of your finances so that you can determine your price range and what size of home you can comfortably afford.

Posted in: Home Mortgage Tips
New Home Sales Show Healthy Year-Over-Year Increase
By December 31, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

New Home Sales Show Healthy Year-Over-Year Increase

The holiday season and winter weather slowed home sales in November. Last week, the NAR reported that sales of existing homes had slumped to their lowest level in nearly a year, but this was not unexpected.

Posted in: Housing Analysis
What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – December 30, 2013
By December 30, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – December 30, 2013

The University of Michigan’s Consumer Sentiment Index was improved for December at 82.5, after the November reading was adjusted from 82.5 to 75. Analysts noted that consumers were relieved when legislative gridlock ended.

Posted in: Mortgage Rates
How To Build An Outdoor Fire Pit
By December 27, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

How To Build An Outdoor Fire Pit

With most of the country easing into full-on winter weather, last-minute outdoor projects need to happen soon. And what better way to enjoy a cozy holiday season than by drinking hot chocolate and roasting marshmallows at your very own outdoor fire pit.

Posted in: Around The Home
Pitfalls And Warning Signs Of Making A Down Payment
By December 26, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Pitfalls And Warning Signs Of Making A Down Payment

When you already have a home, you may be interested in determining if a refinance is a good option. You will not have to worry about restrictions on down payments or some of the problems that can occur with a down payment.

Posted in: Home Buyer Tips
5 Tips On Safely Hanging Those Christmas Lights
By December 24, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

5 Tips On Safely Hanging Those Christmas Lights

Christmas lights can be the most festive of holiday decorations, but actually putting them up can be a huge pain. With these easy step-by-step instructions, you can safely hang Christmas lights outside your house in no time. That way you can get back to what’s important, family time.

Posted in: Around The Home