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Monthly Archives: January 2016

FOMC Statement: Fed Holds Steady on Rates

According to statement issued at the conclusion of today’s Federal Open Market Committee meeting, committee members decided against raising the target federal funds rate. Mixed economic conditions, slower economic growth in the 4th quarter and low inflation contributed to the decision against raising rates. The target federal funds rate was raised in December to a range of 0.25 to 1.59 percent after remaining at 0.00 to 0.25 percent for several years. While rising fed rates were expected to cause a hike in mortgage rates, mortgage rates fell after December’s rate hike. Continue reading

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Mythbusting: is Winter a Bad Time to Buy a Home? No – and Here’s Why

The cooler months of winter often seem like the best time to hibernate into your house and wait for spring to appear, but it can actually be a prime opportunity to start looking for a new home. If you’re not interested in waiting until next season, here are a few reasons you may want to get started on your home search a little earlier than expected. Continue reading

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First Time Home Buyers: 3 Essential Tips That You Won’t Hear from Your Friends

When it comes to diving into home ownership for the first time, it can seem like there are so many things you just don’t know. Whether you’re getting advice from your real estate agent, your friends or your family, there are so many things that seem like common sense that they might be lost in the mix of details. Continue reading

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – January 25, 2016

Last week’s scheduled economic news included releases from the National Association of Home Builders, Housing Starts, and Existing Home Sales. Weekly reports on new jobless claims and mortgage rates were also released. Continue reading

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What to Consider When Moving

Moving home is a big thing for the entire family. But relocating to an entirely new place like Hawaii will take some serious consideration. Maybe you’re moving for work, or because your partner has a new job, or maybe it’s to … Continue reading

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Staging Small Backyards to Make Into a Great Selling Feature

Small backyards are not the detriment that sellers seem to worry about. By putting in some work, any homeowner should be able to turn the smallest backyard into a selling feature by highlighting its assets.

Here are some surefire ways to change a cramped backyard into a cozy, outdoor paradise. Continue reading

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Why Buying a Home Grows Your Wealth Faster Than Renting

There can be many downsides to both renting and buying, depending on what side of the coin you are on, but if you’re leaning towards purchasing a home it can have added benefits for your bank account that renting does not. Continue reading

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Home Builders Remain Confident in January

Home builders maintained December’s confidence level according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Housing Market Index for January. The latest reading of 60 mirrored December’s reading, but was two points lower than expected. Readings of more than 50 indicate that more builders were confident about housing conditions than those who were not. Continue reading

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Turnkey Furnished Waikoloa Village Condo

This turnkey furnished Waikoloa Village condo is located at Waikoloa Villas. It is an immaculate, 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom unit. The desirable second floor location provides breathtaking sunset, ocean, mountain, and golf course views. Vaulted ceilings and the open floor plan create … Continue reading

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Golf Course Home at Ewa Villages

This golf course home at Ewa Villages is a former model home at Golf Villas at Lokahi Greens. The home was built in 2014 by D.R. Horton Schuler Homes. Its perimeter 5,000-squarefoot landscaped lot comes with a sprinkler system on … Continue reading

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