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Small Home Staging: 3 Ways That You Can Stage Smaller Spaces to Make Them Pop

When it comes to real estate, putting your home in its best light is key when it comes to making the sale. While it may seem like you’re more limited with a home of a smaller scale, here are a few ways you can enhance what’s best and make a good impression on potential buyers. Continue reading

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3 Things That Will Absolutely Kill Your Chances for a Mortgage Approval

Avoid these three mortgage-killing habits while your lender evaluates your loan and you’ll quickly find yourself holding the keys to your new home. Continue reading

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Three Things You Can Expect when Buying a Home This Winter

When you’re looking into purchasing a home, there are plenty of things to watch out for at any time of the year, but there are a few things that you can expect during the winter months that may be a little different than other seasons. Continue reading

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

This week’s report of economic events is shortened due to the Christmas holiday. Economic news through Wednesday included Existing Home Sales, New Home Sales and Consumer Spending. Continue reading

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Running out of Kitchen Space? 5 Storage Hacks That Will Help You Do More with Less

If you’re looking for some new ideas for how to use your kitchen space to maximum capacity, here are some hacks that might just make a marked difference! Continue reading

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Existing Home Sales Dip More Than Expected

November sales of pre-owned homes dipped lower than expected and prior month’s readings according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Analysts expected existing home sales to slow to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 5.30 million sales, which was based on October’s reading of 5.32 million sales. Instead, November’s reading dropped to 4.76 million sales. November’s drop represented a decline of 10.50 percent drop in existing home sales month-to-month; existing home sales were 3.80 percent lower year-over-year. Continue reading

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The 3 Golden Rules of Staging – Follow These and Sell Your Home Faster

When it comes to staging your home to sell, it can sometimes seem like there are so many things to do that it’s hard to know what will make a real difference. Since staging is such an important aspect of successfully selling your home, here are the three golden rules for how you can make it work for you! Continue reading

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

Last week’s scheduled economic reports included the NAHB Housing Market Index, Housing Starts, FOMC statement and Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s press conference. In addition to weekly reports on jobless claims and mortgage rates, inflation reports were also released. Continue reading

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Video: What Do Lenders Have To Tell You About Your Real Estate Loan?

What Do Lenders Have To Tell You About Your Real Estate Loan? Federal “disclosure” forms define the information that creditor businesses MUST provide to consumers applying for real estate loans. Continue reading

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Federal Reserve Raises Short-Term Interest Rates

After prolonged speculation by economic analysts and news media, the Federal Open Market Committee of the Federal Reserve raised short-term interest rates for the first time in seven years. Committee members voted to raise the target federal funds rate to a range of 0.25 to 0.50 percent from a range of 0.00 to 0.25 percent to be effective December 17. Continue reading

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