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Case-Shiller Housing Market Index: Home Prices Rise in July

U.S. home prices rose by 0.10 percent in July according to the S&P Case-Shiller Housing Market Index. San Francisco, California edged past Denver Colorado with a year-over-year price increase of 10.40 percent as compared to Denver’s reading of 10.30 percent. All year-over-readings for the 20-City Home Price Index posted gains, but Washington, D.C. showed the lowest year-over0-year growth rate at 1.70 percent. Chicago, Illinois and New York City followed closely with year-over-year readings of 1.80 percent and 1.90 percent respectively. Continue reading

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Pros and Cons of Moving to the Hawaiian Climate

When you are thinking of moving to one of the beautiful islands, you better be prepared for the Hawaiian climate. This is true especially if you are moving from a place that is typically cooler and drier. Hawaii Moves wants … Continue reading

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Stepping Up Your Game: Staging Your Home to Make It More Appealing Than New Construction

When it comes to buying a home people are more apt to consider a newer model. After all new homes are more energy efficient; require less maintenance the perks many buyers want. For homeowners with older homes getting a competitive edge can take a lot of extra work, especially in today’s real estate market. Continue reading

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – September 28, 2015

Last week’s scheduled economic news included reports on new and existing home sales, the FHFA House Price Index, and weekly reports on mortgage rates and new jobless claims. The week finished with a report on consumer sentiment. Continue reading

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Beautiful Big Island Home at the Prestigious Puu Lani Ranch

This lovely Big Island home, located at Puu Lani Ranch, has an open and inviting floor plan with huge gourmet kitchen, granite countertops, and top quality cabinetry and appliances. The living room, dining area, and great room are an entertainer’s … Continue reading

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Make Sure That You Are Taking Full Advantage of Mortgage Tax Credits

One of the major benefits to purchasing a home with a mortgage are the tax credits that can be taken advantage of when April 15 comes around. Many homeowners are unaware of what mortgage related expenses can be deducted and, more importantly, which ones can no longer be deducted. Continue reading

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A Great Problem to Have: How to Handle Multiple Offers for Your House or Condo

With the real estate game in a state of constant flux, getting an offer on your house or condo might seem encouraging enough. While having multiple offers can be the best of all outcomes, there are a few ways to handle this situation and make the most of your home sale. Continue reading

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National Association of REALTORS – Sales of Pre-Owned Homes Dip

Sales of previously owned homes dropped in August by 4.80 percent on an annual basis for the first time in four months; the dip was likely caused by rising home prices. August sales were reported at a rate of 5.31 million; July’s rate was 5.58 million sales of previously owned homes. Continue reading

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The New Home Warranty: Why Buying New Is Worth Considering

When making the decision to purchase a home, there can be an array of questions to ask regarding location, size, style and additional features that will complicate things. While buying new can seem like a risk, this type of warranty may help make at least one decision easy when it comes to your home purchase. Continue reading

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – September 21, 2015

Last week’s economic releases included several reports related to housing. The Wells Fargo/NAHB Housing Market Index achieved its highest reading in nearly 10 years. Housing Starts dipped in August and Building Permits issued in August exceeded July expectations. The week’s big news was actually no news. The Fed’s Federal Open Market Committee decided not to raise interest rates. Fed Chair Janet Yellen followed up on the FOMC statement with a press conference and said that the Fed is not yet ready to raise rates, but that a majority of FOMC members are prepared to raise rates before year-end. Continue reading

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