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Case Shiller Home Price Index Shows Rising Prices For May 2013

The S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index (HPI) released Tuesday presented solid evidence that the housing recovery continued during the month of May. The Case-Shiller 20-City Index showed increasing home prices for all 20 cities. Highest Year-Over-Year Gains Included Theses Cities: San Francisco, CA 24.50 percent Las Vegas, NV 23.30 percent Phoenix, AZ 20.60 percent Atlanta, GA …

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Top Questions To Ask The Home Inspector Before Buying Your Next Home

Imagine how frustrated you’d be to find out that the hot water heater wasn’t working – in the middle of your very first shower in your new home! This, among other very good reasons, is why you should have a home inspection before you buy your home. When you buy a home, you need to …

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week- August 5, 2013

The past week brought encouraging economic news from several sources. The FOMC statement indicated that the Federal Reserve has not set a date for rolling back its quantitative easing program and ADP reported more private sector jobs added than expected. While weekly jobless claims were fewer than expected, the national unemployment rate remained elevated: Monday: …

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How To Bring More Natural Light Into Your Home

One of the biggest improvements that you can make to your home is to bring in more natural light. Sunlight is a powerful mood enhancer and a home design that brings in a lot of natural light will automatically look and feel much more pleasant. Not only will it boost your mood, bringing in natural …

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What Should You To Do To Prepare For Your Mortgage Application

If you are applying for a mortgage to buy a home, doing your homework in advance before you submit the application means that you will stand a better chance of getting accepted at a desirable mortgage rate. According to mortgage experts, it is a good idea to gather up all of the needed documents in …

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Existing Home Sales: Second Highest Level Since 2009

According to the National Association of REALTORS®, national sales of existing homes in June came in at 5.08 million. June’s reading was reported to be the second highest since November of 2009; this should calm concerns about a lapsing recovery in housing markets. Summer typically produces the highest prices for existing homes sold, as families …

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What To Do First After Moving Into Your New Home

If you have purchased a new home and are going to move in soon, what are the first few things that you will need to do upon moving into your new home? Moving can be very stressful, but having a checklist can make your move effortless. Here are 6 easy steps that can eliminate any …

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – July 29th 2013

Last week brought a mixed bag of economic news, but most notably, average mortgage rates fell. New home sales surpassed expectations and consumer sentiment rose for July; these readings among others suggest that the economy continued to improve and that consumer confidence in the economy improved as well. Monday: Existing home sales in June were …

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Five Tips To Protect Your Home From Burglars When You Are Away

Any family would feel violated after coming home to a ransacked house. Burglars look for specific things when choosing a home to break into, and many homeowners are unknowingly inviting criminals through the front door. Below are five ways you can avoid drawing the eyes of thieves and deter your home from becoming a target. …

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Home Builder Confidence Rises To Highest Level Since January 2006

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) / Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) rose in July. Home builder confidence in the market for newly constructed single-family homes rose six points to a reading of 57. NAHB reports that this was the third consecutive rise in the HMI and its highest reading since January 2006. …

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