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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – October 31, 2016

Last week’s economic reports included S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Indexes, along with readings on new and pending home sales. Recurring weekly reports on mortgage rates and new jobless claims were also released. Continue reading

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5 Futuristic, Connected Home Upgrades That You Can Install This Fall

The future is now! You may know that there are already many smart (internet-connected) appliances and items that you can use to update your home for the connected age. But for your reading pleasure, here are five of them already on the market. Continue reading

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S&P Case-Shiller: Home Prices Gain in August

Home prices gained in August per the 20-City S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index. Analysts said that home values continue to expand in spite of challenges including low inventories of available homes and strict mortgage qualification requirements. Continue reading

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Master the Autumn Home Buying Season With Our Guide to Finding Local Real Estate Bargains

Most people have a good idea of the neighborhood they want to purchase a new home in. The problem is finding a great deal in the area, especially if it’s a neighborhood that’s very popular. Thinking outside the box and avoiding the standard real estate listings can result in some bargain properties for sale that most people are completely unaware of. Continue reading

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Forget Mortgage Apps: 5 Reasons Why You’ll Want to Use a Human Mortgage Broker

While many modern apps can be quite convenient, there are a few reasons you may want to use a knowledgeable mortgage professional to ensure the credibility of your most important purchase. Continue reading

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – October 24, 2016

Last week’s economic releases included the National Association of Home Builders’ Housing Market Index along with reports on housing starts, building permits and sales of previously owned homes. Weekly reports on new jobless claims and mortgage rates were also released. Continue reading

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Home Items You Can Repurpose and Give New Life

There are untold benefits to reusing old household items instead of tossing them. Not only are you reducing your ecological footprint, but you can also save lots of money by recycling what you’ve already bought. Read on for some common items that are easily repurposed. Continue reading

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Understanding Home Appraisal

It can be a bit of a surprise if your home turns out to be valued at less than the purchase price offered, but this is the type of thing that can occur in an appraisal situation. While this can change everything from your contract to the amount of your down payment, if your home has been appraised at less than you envisioned, here are some options you may want to consider. Continue reading

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Ocean View Condo at the Koolani

This ocean view condo at the Koolani is the largest 2-bedroom unit in the building. It is located in the stylish neighborhood of Kakaako and only a very short distance from Ala Moana Beach Park and Ala Moana Shopping Center. … Continue reading

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NAHB Housing Market Index Dips 2 Points

According to the National Association of Home Builders, overall builder confidence in housing markets dropped two points in October to an index reading of 63. September’s reading of 65 was the highest posted since the housing bubble peak. Continue reading

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