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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – July 22, 2013

Last week’s economic news was a mixed bag with retail sales and housing starts coming in lower than expected, but home builder confidence in housing markets increased. Weekly jobless claims fell, and Fed Chair Ben Bernanke testified before the Senate, saying that falling gold prices were an indication of increasing confidence in the economy, but …

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Can That Killer Home Theater Add Value To Your Home?

Many home owners dream of having a home theater – an entire room of the home dedicated to enjoying television and film. These rooms are usually equipped with a large flat screen television or projector, comfortable seats, mood lighting and perhaps even a bar or a snack fridge. They are very comfortable and the perfect …

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FOMC Minutes Reveal Fed May Curb Economic Support Program Before Year End

FOMC Minutes Suggest QE Tapering by Year-End The minutes for June’s meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) suggest that committee members are mostly in agreement that the current quantitative easing program (QE) should begin winding down by year end, but the committee minutes are very clear concerning the committee’s intention to monitor inflation …

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Is It Possible That Your Gender May Influence Your Home Mortgage Approval?

If you are applying for a joint mortgage on your property with your spouse or partner, the name that goes first could have more of an impact than you might think. A 2010 study by the Woodstock Institute showed that mortgage lenders were inclined to show favoritism when men were the lead borrowers on joint …

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The Best And Worst Times Of The Year To Sell Your Home

Does the time of year when you put your home on the market affect how well it will sell? What about the final sales price? According to many studies in housing trends, the answer is yes. The time of year when you sell your home can have an effect on how many people are interested …

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – July 15, 2013

The Fed’s release of the minutes for the June FOMC meeting was the most noteworthy economic event last week; the minutes repeated the Fed’s recent statement concerning the wind-down of its current monetary easing policy. The minutes indicated that about half of meeting participants wanted to end the quantitative easing (QE) policy by year end, …

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Go Green By Faking It With Artificial Grass

The summer heat is starting to take its toll on you and your thirsty lawn. Homeowners spend hundreds of dollars every summer striving to grow healthy grass and keep it green. If you’re sick of trying to maintain a manicured lawn, then you can go green another way. Install artificial turf. The Grass is Always …

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7 Smart Tips To Painting Your Own Home This Summer

Winter may have taken a toll on your home’s exterior this year. You’ve been noticing the cracking paint for months, but you don’t want to shell out the big bucks to hire a professional painter. Don’t fret! With the weather warming and the nice summer weekends, it’s the perfect time to tackle that project of …

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Free Yourself From Your Mortgage With This Simple Plan

What if you could accelerate the mortgage payment on your home so that you own your property several years earlier than your 15 or 30 year term? Making your final mortgage payment and owning your house is an incredibly good feeling and there is a simple way that you can bring about that rewarding day …

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5 Important Tips To Help Smooth Your Move When You Have Teens In The Home

You’ve got a new job offer across the country and you are planning to pack your things, buy a home and make the big move. However, when you tell your 17 year old daughter your plans, she lets out a mournful wail and cries that it is not fair. How can you possibly take her …

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