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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – November 30, 2015

Although last week’s economic calendar was cut short by the Thanksgiving holiday, several housing-related reports were released. The FHFA reported on third quarter results for its Housing Market Index and the Commerce Department reported on new home sales for October. Freddie Mac released its weekly report on mortgage rates and data on new weekly jobless claims was also released. Continue reading

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S&P Case-Shiller: September Home Prices Gain Across U.S.

Home prices increased across the S&P Case Shiller 20-City Home Price Index in September. According to the 20-City Home Price Index, Year-over year home price gains increased to 5.50 percent from August’s reading of 5.10 percent. 17 cities posted higher year-over0year price gains in September as compared to August. Continue reading

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Thinking About Downsizing? Here’s What You Need to Know About Life in a Condo

The shift from home living to condo life may seem like a minor one, but there are plenty of things that will differentiate your lifestyle other than size when it comes to making a condominium purchase. If you’re contemplating this move and wondering about some of the things that this might entail, here are a few factors that are worth considering. Continue reading

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Existing Home Sales Fall More Than Expected

Sales of previously owned homes reached 5.36 million sales on a seasonally adjusted annual basis and fell by 3.40 percent in October according to the National Association of Realtors. Rising home prices and a shortage of available homes strained housing markets. Concerns over potentially higher mortgage rates may have sidelined home buyers as concerns over an anticipated rate hike by the Federal Reserve persisted. Continue reading

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – November 23, 2015

Last week’s economic events included reports the National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index, Housing Starts and the release of minutes for the most recent meeting of the Fed’s Federal Open Market Committee. The details: Continue reading

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How Do I Know If I Am Ready To Buy A Home?

How Do I Know If I Am Ready To Buy A Home? As you’ll see in this video, you can find out by asking yourself some questions. If you can answer yes to most of them, you are probably ready to buy your own home. Continue reading

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Remodeling 101: How to Create a Proper Budget for Any Renovation, Large or Small

Whether you’re readying to put your home on the market or you haven’t updated your space in a while and want to modernize, approaching renovations can be a struggle. With so many things to fix up, both large and small, it can seem overwhelming to prioritize, set the money aside and get to work. Here are some tips for how to properly prioritize so you can maximize your renovation expenditures. Continue reading

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What Are the Advantages to Paying off Your Mortgage Early? Here Are a Few That Might Entice You

If you’re looking into fixed term mortgages, you might be wondering whether there’s any reason why you should take the full term to pay off the loan. In a lot of cases, paying off a mortgage before it comes due is a great decision. If you’re considering paying off your mortgage early, you’ll experience a variety of benefits – here are just a few of them. Continue reading

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It’s Not Just a Mortgage: Understanding the Financial Implications of Buying a New Home

When it comes to home ownership, the biggest buzzword of them all is mortgage and it’s often all people think about when it comes to price. From taxes to utilities, here are some of the other items that you won’t be able to do without once you’ve made the big purchase. Continue reading

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Embracing a Bidding War: How to Choose the Best Offer for Your Home

When the market is hot some sellers are lucky enough to be in a situation where they see multiple offers come through on their property. Now the only decision left is which one to choose. Continue reading

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