On a Variable Mortgage? 3 Signs Your Mortgage Payment Is About To Increase

Topics: Home Mortgage Tips

For many homebuyers who are new to the market, it can be very comforting to be on a fixed rate mortgage where fluctuating interest rates cannot have an impact on your monthly payments. While a variable rate mortgage can sometimes lead to significant savings at the end of the day, there are a few ways you can tell if your monthly payment is on the upswing.

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Shopping for Home Insurance: 7 Steps to Protecting Your Home

Topics: Agent News

When you need to shop for home insurance, it can be a very daunting task that most people don’t want to even do. Unfortunately, as intimidating as this task is, home insurance is an absolute must to have. Start by asking your REALTOR® for some suggestions of which companies to contact first. Going off of […]

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Case-Shiller: Home Price Growth Slows in May

Topics: Mortgage Rates

According to the S&P Case-Shiller 20-City Home Price Index, home price growth in May dropped to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.20 percent as compared to April’s reading of 5.40 percent. Analysts said that low mortgage rates continue to support housing markets, but also noted that affordability due to rising home prices is sidelining some would-be buyers. High demand for homes coupled with slim supplies of available homes have driven prices up for months; analysts said that “tentative signs” of slower gains in home prices were seen.

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – July 25, 2016

Topics: Mortgage Rates

Last week’s economic news included readings on builder confidence in housing market conditions, housing starts, building permits issued and existing home sales. Weekly reports on mortgage rates and new jobless claims were also released. The National Association of Home Builders reported that home builder confidence fell one point in July to 59 as compared to an expected reading and June reading of 60. Builders again cited shortages of buildable lots and labor.

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Budget-Friendly DIY Projects That Instantly Boost Curb Appeal

Topics: Home Seller Tips

We’re told not to judge a book by its cover, but there’s no such rule in the housing market. Curb appeal is the external attractiveness of a home, and if you’re in the market for a house that first impression has a lot to do with your final decision. Alternatively, if you’re looking to sell, it’s an easy area to boost the attractiveness of your home.

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