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Build A Home Gym For Your New Year’s Resolution

Build A Home Gym For Your New Year’s Resolution

While many people claim every January that they are going to exercise more, a lot of them give up after the first couple of months. It takes a great deal of effort to make it to the gym before work or have the energy to go afterward.

By January 10, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Dodd-Frank’s Latest Gift: The Qualified Mortgage Rule

Dodd-Frank’s Latest Gift: The Qualified Mortgage Rule

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act’s latest provision – the Qualified Mortgage rule – is going to effect on January 10, 2014.

By January 9, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
3 Considerations When Making A Down Payment

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.

By January 8, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Case Shiller Price Index Shows Highest Year-Over-Year Gains Since 2006

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.

By January 7, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – January 6, 2014

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.

By January 6, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
5 Ways To Use Your Dead Christmas Tree

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.

By January 3, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Face The Numbers, A Mortgage That Works For You

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.

By January 2, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
New Home Sales Show Healthy Year-Over-Year Increase

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.

By December 31, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – December 30, 2013

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.

By December 30, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
How To Build An Outdoor Fire Pit

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.

By December 27, 2013 0 Comments Read More →