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Monthly Archives: July 2015

Dealing with the Emotions of Selling Your Childhood Home

While selling a childhood home may be difficult to do, there are a few steps that can be taken to reduce the emotional turmoil that may be felt during this process. Continue reading

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Top 3 Big Island Scenic Drives

When you are searching for some beautiful Big Island scenic drives, you cannot pass up these top three. Hawaii is full of memorable roads and unforgettable trails. As you search for your perfect home, take a trip down these roadways … Continue reading

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A Distinctive Home at Ohai Mauka Estates – Big Island

This distinctive home at Ohai Mauka Estates on the Big Island is comfortable and inviting. It is perfect for those who want to live near town, but prefers a peaceful setting. Ohai Mauka Estates is a small subdivision tucked away … Continue reading

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Federal Reserve FOMC Announcement

The stage was set in high suspense for FOMC’s post-meeting announcement on Wednesday. As fall approaches, analysts and the media are looking for any sign of when and how much the Fed will raise its target federal funds rate. According to CNBC, some analysts were projecting two interest rate hikes before year end, but the truth of the matter remains unknown until the Federal Open Market Committee announces its intentions. Continue reading

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Assessing Your ‘Debt-to-Income Ratio’ and Why This Number Matters When Getting a Mortgage

For those who are looking to buy a home soon, keep in mind that the Debt-to-Income ratio of the borrower plays a huge role in the approval of your mortgage application. A low DTI may make it easier for the lender and the underwriter to justify making a loan to the borrower. Continue reading

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Last-minute Home Showing? Here’s How to Stage Your Home in Just a Few Minutes

In an ideal situation, a seller will have ample time to prepare a home to list for sale. However, in those cases when time is simply not available, there are a few necessary steps that should be followed to quickly get the home in show-ready condition. Continue reading

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – July 27, 2015

Last week’s scheduled economic news releases were limited as no news was released on Monday or Tuesday, but good news did arrive in the form of a dip in mortgage rates for fixed rate loans. NAR reported higher sales of pre-owned homes and FHFA reported that home price growth associated with mortgages held or backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac held steady in May. Continue reading

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3 Ways to Furnish Small Spaces To Give Larger Feel

When decorating a small space, there is a general desire to make the space look and feel larger than it is while also meeting basic functional needs in the room. By following a few important tips, it is possible to furnish smaller spaces so that they are functional and do not feel cramped. Continue reading

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Princeville Home with Golf Course and Ocean Views

Beautifully designed Princeville home with golf course and ocean views. The home is situated opposite the lush second green of championship Princeville Makai Golf Course. You will also enjoy the majestic mountain and waterfall views.

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Existing Home Sales, FHFA Home Prices Increase

Housing markets show continued signs of strengthening according to reports released on Wednesday. The National Association of Realtors® reported that sales of pre-owned homes rose to 5.49 million in June as compared to May’s revised reading of 5.32 million pre-owned homes sold and expected sales estimated at 5.42 million sales. Expectations were based on May’s original reading of 5.35 million sales. June’s reading was the highest since February of 2007. Readings for existing home sales are calculated on a seasonally adjusted annual basis. Continue reading

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