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Buying a Home with a Mortgage? A Quick Guide to Closing Costs and What to Expect

Whether you’re just starting to shop for a new home or you’ve already found the perfect new house and you’re ready to submit an offer, if you’re taking out a mortgage loan to cover some of the home’s purchase price you should be aware of the various closing costs you may encounter. Continue reading

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Case-Shiller Home Prices: Price Growth Slows in September

According to the Case-Shiller National Home Price Index, annual home price growth slipped to a seasonally-adjusted rate of 4.80 percent in September. This was 0.30 percent lower than August’s year-over-year reading of 5.10 percent. Continue reading

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Step-By-Step Guidelines for Buying a Second Home

Owning a piece of real estate to visit to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life is an attractive prospect for most people. However, for many, buying a second home can be intimidating. At Hawaii Moves, we believe … Continue reading

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You Ask, We Answer: Should I Consider a Warranty when Buying a New Home?

In today’s blog post we’ll briefly explore home warranties including some of the pros and cons of buying one and how they differ from homeowner’s insurance. Continue reading

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – November 24, 2014

Last week’s scheduled economic news included the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, Housing Starts and Existing Home Sales. FOMC meeting minutes were released along with weekly Freddie Mac mortgage rates and weekly jobless claims. Continue reading

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The 3 Minute Guide to Real Estate Flipping

If you’ve been thinking about investing in a real estate project you may have considered buying a distressed house or two at a steep discount in order to fix them up and sell them at a higher price. This is known as “flipping”, and in today’s post we’ll share a quick guide to flipping homes and how to get started with this type of real estate investing. Continue reading

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FOMC Minutes: Economy Growing, Housing Lags

Minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting held October 28 and 29 were released Wednesday. The report suggests that the U.S. economy continues to improve, although the annual inflation rate remains near 1.50 percent and short of the committee’s goal of 2.00 percent. Continue reading

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Failed Negotiations: What to Do when the Seller is an Immovable Object

Once you’ve found the perfect new home and delivered your first offer to the seller, you may find that they return with a counteroffer or a flat out refusal. In this blog post we’ll share a few ways to manage an unreasonable or stubborn home seller so you can get the deal closed. Continue reading

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3 Quick Tips to Give Your Bathrooms a Facelift

In today’s blog post we’ll share three quick tips for renovating or upgrading your bathrooms to freshen up their look before potential buyers start viewing your home. Continue reading

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – November 17, 2014

Last week’s housing related news was lean, with no scheduled reports released other than Freddie Mac’s primary mortgage market survey. We’ll start with some good news… Continue reading

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