Home Builder Index Dips in January

January 19th, 2017|

January's National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index dipped two points from December's revised reading of 69 to 67; the index reading forecast for January was also 69.Analysts said that January's reading was the second highest (after December 2016) since the peak of the housing bubble in 2005. January's dip in builder sentiment was attributed to easing of builder enthusiasm, which spiked right after the U.S. presidential election. To put January's home builder confidence reading in context, NAHB says that any index reading over 50 indicates that more builders than fewer have confidence in housing market conditions.

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Get Your Mortgage Paid Down Faster With These 5 Simple Money Saving Strategies

January 18th, 2017|

The monthly mortgage payment can be burdensome for many, but it's possible you've thought of trying to pay it down more quickly. Without getting a new job or working overtime, here are some tips you can use on a daily basis to save additional funds and pay off your mortgage at a swifter rate.

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – December 17, 2017

January 17th, 2017|

Last week's economic reports included readings on job openings, retail sales and consumer sentiment in addition to weekly reports on new jobless claims and Freddie Mac's survey of mortgage rates.

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Wondering How Much Mortgage You Can Afford? Here’s How to Calculate It

January 13th, 2017|

Many people are aware of the financial commitment that is involved when investing in a home, but what that amounts to is different for every person. From what you can afford to what a lender will allow, there are plenty of details involved in determining the right home for you. If you're not quite sure what the right price is, here's how to approach home ownership and determine your debt-to-income.

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4 Terrible Mistakes Made by First-time Home Sellers

January 12th, 2017|

There are a lot of different factors that go into selling a home for the first time that can make it a stressful process, but there are a few things home sellers should avoid for a successful sale. If you're going to be putting your home on the market in the near future and are hoping for quick success, here are some common mistakes you'll want to be sure to bypass.

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4 Things You Absolutely Should Not Do After You Apply for a Mortgage

January 11th, 2017|

If you have a good credit history and are prepared to invest in a home, you may be feeling pretty confident about the mortgage process. However, it's important to be aware that there are things that can have a negative impact on your application.

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Understanding Real Estate Contracts and What You Can Expect to Find

January 10th, 2017|

There are a lot of things that go into the successful sale of your home, but many people are unfamiliar with the intricacies of the contract. Whether you consult with your real estate agent or plan on diving in on your own, it's important to be clear on the terms. If you're wondering what you can expect when it comes to the contract, here are some pointers on what to watch out for.

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – January 9, 2017

January 9th, 2017|

2017 started with good news; fixed mortgage rates were lower, but the national unemployment rate ticked upward and labor reports showed fewer openings for public and private sector jobs. Construction spending was higher in November.

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