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Mortgage Debt Rises For First Time Since Recession

Mortgage Debt Rises For First Time Since Recession Last week was relatively quiet concerning scheduled housing-related news, but the Federal Reserve’s financial accounts report, released on Monday, indicated that mortgage debt in the U.S. had increased for the first time since the first quarter (Q1) of 2008. Mortgage debt increased by a seasonally-adjusted annual rate …

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10 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Applying For A Mortgage: Part 2

Yesterday you may have read the blog post on questions to ask yourself before applying for a mortgage. Here are 5 additional that you may want to think about before you go into your meeting with your loan officer. Here are questions 6-10 that you may need to get answers to before completing your application: …

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Making Sure Your Fireplace Is Ready For This Winter

When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing quite as cozy as curling up on the sofa with a good book in front of a roaring fire. A fireplace evokes the idea of a warm and pleasant atmosphere. However, if it isn’t properly maintained, your living room could be filled with a cloud of soot, or worse, …

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10 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Applying For A Mortgage: Part 1

If you are considering applying for a refinance, it is important to understand the mechanics of your mortgage loan. Before you sit down to speak with your loan officer, you should consider preparing a list of questions you feel may need to be answered. Typically, your loan officer will be available to assist through the …

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Case Shiller Price Index Shows A Spike In Home Prices In The West

According to the S&P Case-Shiller 10-and 20-City Housing Market Indices for September, home prices grew at an average of 13.30 percent year-over-year and achieved the highest growth rate for home prices since February 2006. On a month-to month basis, home prices are slowing in most areas with 19 cities included in the S&P 20-City Housing …

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – 12.09.2013

Last week brought several indicators of a strengthening economy. New home sales, private and federal employment and mortgage rates rose. The Department of Commerce released construction spending numbers for October with mixed results. Although public projects fueled an 0.80 percent increase in month-to-month construction spending, residential construction fell by 0.60 percent. Analysts had expected an …

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Quick Tips To Prepare Your Home For The Winter

The calendar has turned and with that we receive less sunlight, colder temperatures, and shorter days ahead, it’s an opportune time to cross those last-minute maintenance items off your homeowner to-do list. Practicing preventive care – both inside and outside your home – can save thousands of dollars in repairs come later this winter. What …

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Tips On Fixing Up a Historic Home

If you enjoy both history and fixing things, then you may have trouble driving by historic homes for sale without feeling the urge to buy and fix one up. Before you do, however, you should know the three R’s of fixing historic homes — Restoration, Renovation, and Repair. Restoration “Restoration” is the process of returning …

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Savoring The Good Things In Life

“There’s always something to be thankful for. If you can’t pay your bills, you can be thankful you’re not one of your creditors” – Author Unknown With Thanksgiving having just passed, I find myself thinking about everything I have to be thankful for. What Am I Grateful For? I’m also grateful to be able to …

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Get The Low Down On Pending And Existing Home Sales This Month

The National Association of REALTORS reported Monday that pending home sales dropped by -0.60 percent in October after falling at a revised rate of -4.60 percent in September. According to Lawrence Yun, chief economist for NAR, 17 percent of real estate agents reported delays in loan closings due to the government shutdown in early October. …

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