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Nobody wants to climb up into the attic for any reason, much less to check and perform maintenance. While being the least visited area in a home, the attic still plays a vital role in keeping your home healthy and comfortable. To keep your attic in top shape, here are 3 basic tips you need … Continue reading 3 Tips for Maintaining Your Attic


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Getting organized around the house is at the top of the to-do list for so many people. But once they get started, the disorganization and clutter can seem insurmountable. The key is developing an effective process when beginning to organize your home. Here are 3 simple steps to take as you strive to become organized … Continue reading 3 Simple Steps to Conquer the Clutter


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Most economists say the outlook for housing in the coming year will focus on economic growth. Many see that growth to be in the 2-2.5% range with increases in five key areas. Let’s take a look. Mortgage interest rate increases Interest rates are expected to average slightly over 4% next year, with the Federal Reserve … Continue reading The Housing Outlook for 2017


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You would be surprised at how many mortgage loan applicants make the mistake of doing three big things that should be “mortgage no-brainers” when preparing to apply for a home loan. Don’t be one of the unsuspecting applicants that may inadvertently ruin the chance of qualifying for a home loan. 1)  Don’t make a big … Continue reading Avoid These Three Things When Applying for a Mortgage


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If you’re planning to buy a house, here are five tips to help you start the process. Know how big a loan you qualify for Potential home buyers should look at the loan-to-value (LTV) ratio to aid them in knowing what they can afford. Calculate the LTV by dividing the loan amount by the appraised … Continue reading Five Steps To Take When Buying a Home


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With the presidential election now having been decided, a recent rise in mortgage interest rates is starting to affect home sales. The average rate on a 30-year conventional loan reached the highest level in more than a year. What this increase means for people who can afford it is just an additional frustration, however, for … Continue reading Higher Interest Rates Soften Sales


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As financial markets still react to the results of the U.S. presidential election, the stock market rose sharply, reaching record highs late last week. As a result, mortgage interest rates rose, too. According to Zillow, the 30-year fixed rate went from an average of 3.38% to 3.8% in just a few days. Most mortgage experts … Continue reading Election Results Push Interest Rates Higher… For Now


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Despite ongoing rumors the millennial generation isn’t buying homes, new evidence in a recent report from mortgage lending software company, Ellie Mae, shows that not only are millennials buying, they’re even refinancing. While the total number is small, it’s growing. Refinances comprised 20% of all mortgage loans closed during the month of September – an … Continue reading Millennials Making a Move


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Avoid These Mortgage Mistakes Think you have a pretty good handle on what to do and not do when you’re thinking about getting a mortgage loan? Make sure you avoid these six pitfalls. Failing to review your credit Mortgage lending experts recommend checking your credit at AnnualCreditReport.com at least six months before you begin your … Continue reading Avoid These Mortgage Mistakes


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The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) recently announced projections showing the market will enjoy an 11% increase in 2017 to $1.1 trillion in mortgage originations. Conversely, the MBA says that refinances will decrease by as much as 40% to just $529 billion. The prediction of a bullish increase in 2017 is based, in part, on further … Continue reading Look for Double-Digit Mortgage Lending Growth


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