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FOMC Raises Key Rate, Forecasts 2 Rate Hikes in 2019

During its post-meeting statement, the Federal Open Market Committee of the Federal Reserve announced that its target range for the Fed’s key interest rate would increase one quarter percent to 2.25 to 2.50 percent. While this rate hike was not expected by the Executive branch, it met analyst expectations. FOMC said in its customary post-meeting …

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What is the Multifamily Market in 2019 Looking Like?

A growing supply of housing, volatility in the marketplace and risks in the development process all affected the multifamily market in 2018. In 2019, these three factors will continue to move the needle. The Housing Supply Markets like Boston, Seattle and Nashville are growing supply faster than demand. From 2015 to 2017, developers were building …

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – December 31st, 2018

Last week’s economic reports included readings from Case-Shiller Housing Market Indices, National Association of Realtors® on pending home sales and weekly readings on mortgage rates and new jobless claims. The Commerce Department’s reading on sales of new homes was delayed due to the federal government’s shutdown. Case-Shiller: Home Price Growth Lowest in Two Years Home …

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How The Title Search Works

A title search is an early warning system for buyers and lenders. It reveals flaws the owner must resolve prior to a closing or refinance request. This allows the owner to clear any clouds on the title so that the process can move forward. Also, it protects the buyer or lender from assuming an obligation …

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5 Home Design Trends To Watch Out In 2019

Home design trends continue to change at supersonic speeds. With New Year right around the corner, the home design world is focusing on trends that will probably reign big in 2019. So, as you make your annual resolutions or consider revamping your home, it’s worth knowing them. After all, we all adore coming back to …

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Why a Buyer Needs An Independent Inspection at Closing

Many sellers hire inspectors and appraisers to value their home prior to placing it on the market. It’s important for buyers to hire their own inspector to get an independent opinion. If a buyer orders an inspection before the sale goes through, the seller may have to resolve any issues that arise. If you forego …

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6 Ways To Find the Right Neighborhood For Your Lifestyle

Choosing a neighborhood you live in is almost as important as the house you buy. The right neighborhood can make your house feel even more like a home. But how do you find the right neighborhood to shop for your next home? 1. Evaluate Your Own Lifestyle The first step in finding the right neighborhood …

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – December 17th, 2018

Last week’s economic reports included readings on inflation and retail sales. Weekly readings on mortgage rates and new jobless claims were also released. Retail Sales Grow, Inflation Unchanged in November November retail sales grew by 0.20 percent in November as compared to expectations of 0.10 percent and October’s reading of 1.10 percent growth. Core retail …

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4 Important Reasons Why You Should Consider Buying A Green Home

Buying a home is one of the most important decisions you can make. There are many decisions involved in choosing the right home from picking a real estate agent, to figuring out what type of home will suit your needs. You want the right sized rooms, a floor plan that fits your family, and certain …

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Newest Home Pricing Data Shows Homes Becoming More Attainable Across The Country

Case-Shiller’s 20-city home price index for September reported the lowest pace of year-over-year home price growth in almost two years. Lower home prices balanced housing markets between sellers and buyers, but home prices continued to grow approximately two times faster than wage growth. Case-Shiller’s 20 city home price index for September posted a home price …

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