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4 Ways A Little Paint Can Revitalize Your Home

Fixing up your home doesn't have to be a budget-breaker. You can revitalize the look of your property with a little bit of paint in the right places. Here are some areas that will really stand out to visitors or prospective home buyers. 1. Fron [...]

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NAHB: Home Builder Confidence Rises in April

Home builder confidence increased in April to an index reading of 63, which was one point higher than for March and the highest reading in six months. Analysts said that April's reading revealed more about housing market conditions in the past si [...]

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Can You Really Buy Off-Planet Real Estate?

Real estate agents are constantly looking for new listings, which will attract potential buyers. We no longer need to limit our search for good listings to planet Earth because Mars is now for sale. Although this may sound a bit far-fetched at f [...]

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Home Maintenance Tips: How to Organize Your Garage

Perhaps you plan to sell your home in the next few months or years. Keeping your garage organized can save time and ensure that you have storage space when you need it most. Get Your Purge On! Clear out the garage and separate items into catego [...]

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – April 14th, 2019

Last week's economic readings included reports on inflation, mortgage rates, and first-time jobless claims. Monthly reporting on consumer sentiment was delayed. Consumer Price Index: Inflation Rises in March The Consumer Price Index rose 0.40 p [...]

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When Is The Best Time To Do Your Roof Maintenance?

Perform roof maintenance on sunny days when there's less chance of slipping. Blocking off a weekend twice a year gives you plenty of time to complete the items below without rushing or taking unnecessary risks. The beginning of spring and fall pr [...]

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FOMC Minutes Reveal Fed Policymakers U-Turn

Members of the Federal Reserve's Federal Open Market Committee voted to hold the target range of the federal funds rate to its current range of 2.25 to 2.50 percent. The minutes of the most recent Committee meeting cited softening domestic and gl [...]

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Staging Your Home: Here Are Your Self-Storage Options

If you're staging your home to sell, you may find yourself with more stuff than space. Rather than selling possessions that you'd rather not part with, you can put your things into short-term storage until your home sells and you're able to move. [...]

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4 Ways To Pay Off My Mortgage Faster

For most people, the mortgage payment is the biggest monthly expense. Whether you're facing retirement or still working, it would be nice to be free of this debt. Although you probably can't pay it off in one lump sum, it is possible to pay off y [...]

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – April 8th, 2019

Last week's economic news included readings on construction spending and inflation; labor sector reports on the national unemployment rate, public and private sector employment were also released. Weekly readings on mortgage rates and new jobless [...]

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Reduce Your Carbon Footprint with These DIY Home Projects

Your carbon footprint is the measure of your impact on the earth's natural resources. This number describes the amount of fossil fuel it takes to support your lifestyle. In the United States, each person produces an average of 19.78 tons of carbo [...]

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11 Simple Ways To Save Money Toward The Purchase Of Your New Home

If you find it difficult to make ends meet, these tips will help you save money in ways that are easy to do and create substantial savings over time. Declutter Get rid of stuff you do use or need by having a garage or yard sale or by putting th [...]

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Real Estate Investing 101: Identify Your Investing Style

Are you just starting on your real estate investing journey? Many newcomers are surprised to learn that there's more to making money on the real estate market than buying and selling. These are some of the most popular strategies real estate inve [...]

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3 Pros And Cons Of Renting Or Owning A Home

Home ownership is highly valued in our culture. However, buying a home isn't the best decision for everyone. Examine the differences between owning and renting your home to help you decide if now is the time to buy. Effect On Flexibility Renter [...]

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – April 1st, 2019

Last week's economic reports included readings from Case-Shiller on home price growth, Commerce Department readings on housing starts and building permits issued. The Conference Board issued its monthly reading on consumer confidence. Pending hom [...]

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3 Ways to Reduce the Environmental Impact of Your Home Renovation Project

The right home renovation strategy can increase property values and improve the comfort and utility of your space. However, your actions could have a harsh impact on our natural resources. Here are several ways you can reduce your renovation's e [...]

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Case-Shiller Home Price Growth Slower in January

Home price indices issued by S&P Case-Shiller showed further slowing in home price growth in January. The national home price index showed 4.30 percent home price growth for the three months ended in January. Analysts expected home prices to [...]

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Are Multi-Unit Properties the Right Move for You?

Real estate isn't a one-size-fits-all pursuit. Buying and renting multi-unit properties is one of the ways investors build residual income while increasing their property portfolios. However, multi-unit rentals come with some unique challenges. A [...]

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What Causes Mortgage Interest Rates To Fluctuate?

The mortgage interest rate represents the cost of borrowing money to purchase a property. Mortgage interest rates are not fixed; that is, they fluctuate from one period of time to the next. Many different factors play into what your mortgage int [...]

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – March 25th, 2019

Last week's economic news included readings from the National Association of Home Builders, Federal Reserve Federal Open Market Committee and a press conference by Fed Chair Jerome Powell. Sales of pre-owned homes in February were reported a [...]

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14 Remodeling Projects That Increase the Value of Your Home

Your home is likely your largest investment. Beyond repairs and regular maintenance to keep it clean, comfortable, and safe, there are a number of projects that can increase the resale value of your property. These renovations top the list of c [...]

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4 Ways To Get Your Home Loan Closed Faster

You've finally found the perfect home for your family. Now the only thing standing between you and domestic bliss is the loan process. Use these techniques to shorten the amount of time between placing your bid and getting the final approval on [...]

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NAHB: Housing Market Index Flat in March

Builder sentiment held steady in March as headwinds in housing markets affected homebuilder confidence, but National Association of Home Builders Chairman Greg Ugalde said that builders were looking forward to a "solid spring home-buying season [...]

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3 Questions to Ask Before You Buy Your First Home

Hunting for your new home can be a confusing process. There are countless factors you need to take into account to ensure your new location fits your family's lifestyle and preferences. In their excitement, first-time home buyers can easily ove [...]

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – March 18th, 2019

Last week’s economic reports included readings on retail sales, inflation and construction spending. New home sales Consumer sentiment readings were posted along with weekly readings on mortgage rates and first-time jobless claims. Retail [...]

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5 Financial Terms Every Real Estate Investor Should Know

The success of your real estate ventures depends on your ability to navigate the financial world. Learn these terms to make it easier to understand what's going on with your real estate investments. Cash Flow Contrary to popular belief, c [...]

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What Makes Up A PITI Mortgage Payment?

Many mortgage payments are made up of four parts, called PITI. PITI is an acronym that stands for principal, interest, tax, and insurance. It's important to understand PITI because it is the real number you need to use in order to find out how [...]

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6 Ways to Fight Foreclosure

Sometimes, things don't go as planned. Despite the best intentions, there are times when it's impossible for homeowners to fulfill their mortgage obligations. When your misfortune turns into a foreclosure notice, these tips will help you control th [...]

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Is Now a Good Time to Cash Out Your Home Equity?

For many Americans, their home is their primary investment. The equity stored in your residence can be a source of available cash for home repairs, upgrades, or for financing the purchase of investment properties. However, few homeowners really und [...]

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – March 11h, 2019

Last week's economic news included readings on new home sales, construction spending, and housing starts. Data on building permits was released along with Labor Department reports on public and private-sector jobs and the national unemployment rate [...]

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5 Options To Consider When Your Appraisal Comes In Low

Yikes! You are set on buying the home that you picked out and the appraisal comes back at a lower amount than the amount needed for the home loan to be approved. What do you do? After you calm down your significant other and then take three deep br [...]

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Sound Advice From Successful Home Sellers

The real estate market and all the things involved in selling a home can seem complicated, and it can be very hard to know which tips to trust. While there's plenty of great advice to go around from many knowledgeable sources, here are some of [...]

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Looking For A Major Lifestyle Change? Consider Buying A ‘Micro’ Home

With the sometimes high cost of buying and maintaining a home and the concept of being sustainable becoming more popular, many people are considering moving to a smaller home to minimize their impact. It's important, however, to consider what l [...]

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5 Key Tips To Prepare For A Quick Mortgage Approval

Whether you're finally prepared to get into the real estate market or you want to know how you can make a deal quick, there are a few necessary documents you'll need to prove your reliability to a mortgage lender. Here are the documents you' [...]

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – March 4th, 2019

Last week's economic reports included readings from Case-Shiller Housing Price Indices and Commerce Department reports on housing starts and building permits issued. Readings on pending home sales and consumer confidence were released along with we [...]

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Down Payment Money Saving Mistakes

Are you saving up money for a down payment? Saving money to put down on a home is always a smart idea, but there are right ways and wrong ways to go about it. Understanding how to best save for a down payment will go a long way toward ensuring you' [...]

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8 Ways To Maintain A Great Credit Score

Having an excellent credit score is very useful. The following are some tips on how to maintain a superb credit score. Open Credit Accounts When You Do Not Need Them If you don't have any credit accounts, you will have a low score. The best time to [...]

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Case-Shiller: December Home Price Growth Slowest in 4 Years

Case-Shiller Home Price Indices reported the slowest rate of U.S. home price growth since November 2014. According to the 20-City Home Price Index, Home prices grew by 4.20 percent year-over-year and were 0.20 percent higher in December as compared [...]

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Managing Finances Before Applying For A Mortgage

Are you planning on using a mortgage to help cover the cost of a new home? If so, you will want to prepare your finances and figure out how you will manage all those wallet-draining monthly expenses. Let's take a look at how to run a quick financia [...]

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – February 25th, 2019

Last week's economic news included readings on homebuilder confidence in housing market conditions, minutes of January's Federal Open Market Committee meeting, and existing home sales reported by the National Association of Realtors®. Weekly re [...]

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