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Beware Of Zombie Titles
By October 30, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Beware Of Zombie Titles

With the economic downturn, anyone dealing in real estate quickly became familiar with previously little-known terms such as foreclosure and short sale. Now that the housing market is picking back up and people are moving on, a new term is coming to light — zombie titles.

Posted in: Home Buyer Tips
What You Should Know About Pending Home Sales This Month
By October 29, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

What You Should Know About Pending Home Sales This Month

Pending home sales fell in September by -5.60 percent, and were 1.20 percent lower year-over-year. This is the first time in more than two years that pending home sales have fallen below year-earlier readings. September’s reading was below August’s reading of -1.60 percent.

The National Association of REALTORS®, which released the report, expects lower home sales for the fourth quarter of 2013 and flat sales into 2014. NAR provided good news in its forecast of 10 percent growth in existing home sales in 2013 as compared to 2012.

Posted in: Housing Analysis
What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – October 28, 2013
By October 28, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – October 28, 2013

Federal government agencies issued reports that were delayed by the government shutdown; and Freddie Mac reported that average mortgage rates fell for all types of loans it reports. The National Association of REALTORS issued its Existing Home Sales report on Monday. While 5.30 million home sales were expected an annual basis, September’s reading fell short at 5.29 million sales.

August’s reading was adjusted from an original reading of 5.48 million, which equaled July’s reading. Higher mortgage rates and home prices were cited as contributing to the slip in September’s sales.

Posted in: Housing Analysis
3 Easy Tips To Protect Your Deck This Winter
By October 25, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

3 Easy Tips To Protect Your Deck This Winter

Barbecue season is all but over, and you won’t be spending as much time out on the deck. Don’t let it get you down, though. Spring will be here before you know it. There are a lot of things that can wear down and damage your deck, so protect your deck and make sure it stays in tip top shape over the winter.

Posted in: Around The Home
Why Should One Consider Refinancing Their Mortgage Now?
By October 24, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Why Should One Consider Refinancing Their Mortgage Now?

Refinancing a mortgage is a golden opportunity to lock in today’s low interest rate for the next 15 or 30 years. While interest rates now are still low, there’s a good chance they will be heading up in the coming months.

The Fed won’t maintain the current bond purchasing level forever, and just as rates spiked in September when the Fed hinted the bond purchasing would change, rates will spike even more when purchasing levels actually do change.

Posted in: Housing Analysis
City Lights Or Starlit Nights, What Home Location Is Best?
By October 23, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

City Lights Or Starlit Nights, What Home Location Is Best?

If you are looking to buy a home, you might be wondering whether you should be looking for properties that are right in the center of the city or property in a rural area a short drive away.

The rural or urban decision will ultimately be up to you, as there are advantages and disadvantages to either option. The main difference will lie in your priorities – what type of lifestyle is most important to you?

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The Government Shutdown And Its Effect On Existing Home Sales
By October 22, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

The Government Shutdown And Its Effect On Existing Home Sales

Existing home sales for September fell by 1.90 percent from August’s revised reading of 5.39 million sales to 5.29 million sales. Economists had expected 5.30 million sales for September, so a slow-down in existing home sales had been anticipated.

The National Association of REALTORS cited higher home prices and mortgage rates as factors contributing to fewer sales of previously owned homes.

Posted in: Housing Analysis
What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – October 21,  2013
By October 21, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – October 21, 2013

Many of the economic and housing reports typically scheduled were delayed by the federal government shutdown.

The National Association of Homebuilders Wells Fargo Housing Market Index for October was released Wednesday with a reading of 55, lower than the projected 58 and previous month’s revised reading of 57. The original reading for September was 58, which was the highest measure of builder confidence since 2005.

Posted in: Housing Analysis
How To Manage Those Fallen Leaves
By October 18, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

How To Manage Those Fallen Leaves

The kids are back in school, the weather is getting cooler and your yard is covered in a layer of fallen leaves. Yep, it’s that time of the year again, but don’t think of fall leaves as a chore. They can be a useful resource for fertilizing your lawn or even decorating your home for autumn.

Posted in: Around The Home
Housing Market Index Shows Builders Continue To Have A Positive Outlook
By October 17, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Housing Market Index Shows Builders Continue To Have A Positive Outlook

The National Association of Homebuilders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index dropped two points to 55 from September’s revised reading of 57. Builder concerns over labor costs and availability and economic uncertainty related to the federal government shutdown were noted as factors contributing to the lower reading for October.

Posted in: Housing Analysis