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5 Small Signs That Can Indicate Problems with a Home

House Hunting: Watch for These Five Small Signs That Can Indicate Much Bigger Problems with a HomeIt’s not uncommon for homebuyers to recount horror stories about properties that appeared to be fine at first glance, but were actually hiding very expensive problems. If you fail to do your due diligence, you might find your dream house turning into a nightmare. The next time you walk through a house, pay attention for these five signs that the property might be hiding a unfortunate secret or two. Continue reading

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – Sept 22, 2014

What's Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week Sept 22 2014Last week’s economic news largely concerned the Federal Reserve’s FOMC meeting statement and a post-meeting conference given by Fed Chair Janet Yellen. The FOMC statement indicated that the Fed continued its wind-down of Treasury and mortgage-backed securities and that its purchases are expected to cease after the next FOMC meeting. Continue reading

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Marina Fronting Hawaii Kai Townhouse

West Marina Townhouse with Marina View

This marina fronting Hawaii Kai townhouse is located in West Marina neighborhood with beautiful mountain and marina views. Enjoy the breathtaking views and sunsets from the two lanais. This 2-story, 3-bedroom, and 2.5-bath unit was fully renovated and is in ready move-in condition.
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Federal Open Market Committee: No Rush to Raise Rates

Federal Open Market Committee Fed Chair No Rush to Raise Rates Wednesday’s customary post-meeting statement issued by the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) of the Federal Reserve provided some relief to investors and analysts concerned that the Fed may soon raise its target federal funds rate. The target federal funds rate has held steady at between 0.00 and 0.25 percent since the inception of the Fed’s current quantitative easing program. The FOMC statement indicated that the committee does not expect to raise the target federal funds rate until the Fed’s dual mandate of maximum employment and reaching its target inflation rate is achieved.

FOMC members don’t expect the wind-down of scheduled securities purchases under the quantitative easing program to cause long-term interest rates to rise quickly. The FOMC statement indicates that the Fed expects its current holdings and acquisitions of securities to hold down long-term interest rates and help with achieving the Fed’s dual mandate of achieving maximum employment and 2.00 percent inflation. As in past meetings, the FOMC statement asserted the committee’s dedication to reading and researching economic and financial reports and repeated that Fed policy is not contingent on a predetermined course, but that FOMC members make decisions based on current economic trends and developing domestic and global events.

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Nicely Priced Oahu Condo at the Ala Wai Canal

Ala Wai Canal Condo

Location! Location! Location! This Oahu condo is a hidden gem; right on the Ala Wai Canal, but shielded from the street activities. It’s a short distance to Ala Moana Beach Park, shopping centers, and Waikiki. Views of the canal and the pool area can be seen from the unit.
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Five Excellent Reasons to Choose Hardwood Flooring

Thinking About a New Floor? Five Excellent Reasons to Choose Hardwood Flooring when RemodelingIf you’re remodeling, you should seriously consider updating your flooring. Hardwood flooring will give your home an impressive look and prevent scratches and stains. Here are five very good reasons why you should consider a hardwood floor for your next remodeling project.

Hardwood Is More Durable Than Other Materials

Hardwood is much more durable and longer lasting than many other flooring materials. If there’s a lot of traffic in your home, hardwood floors are less likely to get scratches and dents than vinyl tiles or laminated floors. On weaker floors, damage is often permanent – but with hardwood floors, any imperfections can be sanded and refinished to make your floor look as good as new.

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5 Excellent Uses for Olive Oil That Don’t Involve a Stove

It's Not Just for Cooking! Five Excellent Uses for Olive Oil That Don't Involve a StoveOlive oil contains heart-healthy fats, making it a great choice for those concerned about a healthy diet. However, this amazing natural oil can also be used to solve a variety of household and beauty problems.

A high-quality oil like extra-virgin olive oil tastes great for eating and cooking but for beauty and household purposes, a less expensive type will probably work fine. Continue reading

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Beautiful Ocean Pointe Home in Ewa Beach

Ewa Beach Ocean Pointe Home – Oahu

This beautiful Ocean Pointe home in Ewa Beach on Oahu is in move-in condition and is located only a short distance to the beach, marina, golf courses, shopping, and many more essentials within the Ocean Pointe community.
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Roof Restoration 101: Preparing Your Roof for the Harsh Winter

Roof Restoration 101: Preparing Your Roof for the Harsh Winter - and when to Call in Professional HelpWhile the days may be relatively warm and sunny right now, the transition to fall and winter will soon be upon us. Winter weather can be harsh, and it can also be destructive to your property. From the snow and ice to the frigid temperatures, winter can wreak havoc on a property.

One of the best steps that you can take now while the weather is warm is to restore your roof to prepare for the harsh winter ahead. This effort today will minimize damage that the home may endure throughout the cold months of the year. Here are some steps you can take to winterize your roof before the weather gets colder. Continue reading

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – Sept 15, 2014

Whats Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week Sept 15 2014Last week’s housing related economic reports were slim, but an unexpected increase in weekly jobless claims gained attention. Analysts calmed concerns by noting that last week’s reading of 315,000 new jobless claims was not far removed from jobless claim levels before the recession. Expectations for last week’s reading were for 301,000 new jobless claims based on the previous week’s original reading of 302,000. The previous week’s reading was revised to 304,000 new jobless claims. Continue reading

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