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When you think about the places you have lived, what do you remember the most? That really cool restaurant nearby? Your favorite store around the corner? Ask many people what they most remember about a previous home and they’re likely to say, “The people I knew and the relationships I had with my neighbors. ” If this is the case for you, you’ve already experienced some of the benefits of being part of a neighborhood. Read More
Every year the holidays can sneak up on us and if you haven't made your getaway plans yet, you may want to start thinking of vacation ideas. The Halloween pumpkins have barely been thrown away before Thanksgiving dinner food prep begins and Christmas decorations start to appear while you’re crossing off your Turkey Day shopping list. Read More
Digital Natives Have a Different Way of Researching, Shopping and Keeping in Touch Like most industries, and the way we live, lending and real estate are changing because the largest cohort of consumers is changing. Our newest, largest wave of potential homebuyers are millennials who are preparing for and easing into homebuying in ways very different than their parents and grandparents. Read More
With 2018 soon vanishing in our rear-view mirrors, it’s time to peer into our crystal ball to gain a sense of the housing trends that will prevail in 2019. Because projecting the future is an inexact science – despite the reams of statistical data we rely on to develop these erudite estimates – we offer only one ironclad guarantee: 2019 will arrive on schedule, January 1 at midnight. Read More
Like most people, your pets are part of the family, which means you include them in your holiday festivities. Whether you’re adding a new addition, or you already have several pets, keeping them safe during the holiday season should be top of mind. Read More
Have you been procrastinating on home improvements? With the holidays coming up, guests will be visiting your home and you want it to impress! Whether you have additional time off from work or not, holidays can be a great time to catch up on  home improvement projects. If you’ll have guests over this holiday season, why not take this time to put some effort into creating a welcoming space for your family and friends. Read More
Have you ever passed a neighbor’s yard and found yourself green with envy over their lush, weed-free lawn? With a few adjustments, you too can have a yard just as beautiful come spring. It may be strange to think about this now, when a canopy of leaves is just beginning to give your brown patches cover, but there are some steps you can take before winter that will benefit the overall look and health of your lawn. Read More
One reason to invest in real estate is asset appreciation. Even if a property has been neglected or abused, it is likely to rise in value. Read More
One reason to invest in real estate is asset appreciation. Even if a property has been neglected or abused, it is likely to rise in value. Read More
As you head toward your closing date, one of the most helpful things you can do to prepare for homeownership is to make sure you are properly equipped. With the right tools, you can literally nail this home owning thing on the first try!   Tape Measure and Level A tape measure and level will come in handy for centering and leveling shelves, hanging pictures, and installing curtain rods. Read More
As a Real Estate Agent, meeting new people is one of the fun parts of the job. However, when you find yourself in strangers’ homes and in the company of clients you may have only recently met, it can still help to be proactive. Read More
Any day is a good day to reduce your outstanding balances. This especially true given that most American workers’ take-home pay recently rose as new, lower tax brackets took effect. Read More
With the economy strengthening throughout 2017 and general expectations for it to continue to be healthy, it’s believed that the Federal Reserve Bank (Fed) will increase interest rates during 2018. The increases are expected to be small and are being done to bring the overall level of short-term rates back to what is considered by economists as a "neutral position. Read More
Spring is officially here! Time to get off the couch to go outside and enjoy the weather! Whether you are looking for things to do after work with friends, or on the weekend with your family, this list is an easy way for you to view all your options!   Spring Break at Six Flags Over Georgia Date: March 31 – April 8 Description: Six Flags Over Georgia will be opening up during the Spring Break holiday! Location: Six Flags Over Georgia 7561 Six Flags Pkwy Austell, GA 30168 Cost: Each ticket averages at about $50, depending on what discounts you can find online!   Spring FUN Break at Stone Mountain Park Date: March 31 – April 8 Description: Say goodbye to the winter blues and say a big hello to spring at Stone Mountain Park’s kids’ festival, Spring FUN Break.  Spring FUN Break activities include storytelling, Jurassic Laser Tag, T-REXARAOKE karaoke, The Lasershow Spectacular, The Lost World 4D, Dinosaur Explore Exhibit and meet and greets with the Easter Bunny. Read More
While March 23 is National Puppy Day, any day you find yourself looking into a pair of adoring brown eyes and see a wagging tail has the potential for being a day to celebrate puppies. It's just as likely to also be the day you open your home to a new family member. Read More
SocialSurvey, an online reputation management service, has announced that 16 Loan Officers from New American Funding ranked in the Top 100 Loan Officers for Customer Satisfaction, which is the most representation from any mortgage company in the nation. New American Funding’s Amber Ernst tied for the #1 spot, Johnny Dykes ranked in the Top 10, and New American Funding won the award for Top 10 Large Mortgage Company for Customer Satisfaction. Read More
Many young adults dream of making the switch from renting to owning a home. When these aspiring homeowners are also your kids, it's only natural to want to help. Read More
After the ink dries on your closing agreement and you test the keys in the lock, it’s time to face the prospect of turning that now empty house into your next home. So, how do you satisfy your champagne decorating tastes on what’s likely to be the diet cola budget you have left? Here are some pointers on how to fill your home with furnishings while holding onto what’s left of your nestegg. Read More
A 2017 Nielsen study found 87% of adults in the U. S. Read More
When it comes to buying a new home in retirement, conventional wisdom says most people will downsize from what they currently have and spend less. However, surveys find that 48 percent of respondents plan to spend the same amount or more on a new home. Read More
Saving to buy a new home requires a commitment to regularly setting aside money. This can be more of a challenge around the holidays, especially when it’s your turn to host Thanksgiving dinner. Read More
Given the benefits of premarital, career, and retirement counseling, it’s no surprise that homeownership counseling offers similar benefits. It not only helps current homeowners manage their associated costs better, it has also helps first time buyers make better decisions about which home will be right for them. Read More
Amazon’s personal assistant, Alexa, made her debut with the introduction of the Amazon Echo device and already has many fans. From instantly providing a stream of pop rock hits from the 1990s to helping with homework, Alexa can also assist in managing your home’s thermostat settings, lighting and appliances—and, now, she can even find you a new place to live. Read More
The Stevie® Awards for Great Employers have selected New American Funding the winner of the 2017 gold award for “Employer of the Year in Financial Services”. This is the second year in a row that the national mortgage lender has claimed the top prize in the international competition, which recognizes the world’s best employers and human resources professionals. Read More
This is it. You’re ready to make the move into homeownership. Read More
Purchasing a fixer-upper can do more than satisfy your housing needs. It offers you an opportunity to restore a whole structure to its full market value and even improve the look of your neighborhood. Read More
First, congratulations! You already answered the biggest question you’ll face: “Will you marry me?” That was the easy part—you knew in your heart what you wanted. Deciding how and where you answer that same question in the presence of your respective families and friends, however, is likely to involve both your heart and your wallet. Read More
It’s always good news when a marketing plan you’ve put together for a client works so well that the home receives multiple offers. Once it has, you are in a much better position to help the seller make the most of the situation. Read More
The multigenerational household was a fairly common occurrence until the 1950s, when it gave up ground to the lure of the suburban development and the rise of the nuclear family. Times have changed, and with them a greater appreciation for multigenerational living. Read More
Fortune and Great Place to Work® have ranked New American Funding one of the best workplaces in the nation for Millennials. The Southern California-based lender ranked #46 on the 3rd annual list of 100 companies, which included a broad spectrum of industries ranging from technology to healthcare, and banking. Read More
Many homeowners plan for retirement by assuming they’ll want to downsize when the time comes. However, as they near that point, they may feel differently. Read More
  The FOMC meeting this week will go down as one of the most memorable in recent history.   Yes the Fed raised the benchmark rate 25 basis points into a range between 1. Read More
Keeping Score Can Lead to Better Borrowing Rates Posted 05/30/2017             image: http://www. newamericanagent. Read More
When you are about to make the largest purchase of your life, you need someone who will not only find you a low rate, but who gets the significance and wants to help you succeed in the most affordable way possible. After all, the terms of your mortgage will impact your household finances for years to come. Read More
Jennette Landrum, EVP of Marketing New American Funding 1-800-450-2010 Jennette. Landrum@nafinc. Read More
As soon as that last piece of turkey is safely tucked away in the fridge, it feels like a bell goes off, giving you permission to spend. Let’s be honest—during the holidays you are going to spend on things like gifts, party giving, and party going. Read More
Once you have spent time finding the home you love, it's important to keep in mind that it will take some time before homeownership is a reality. House hunting begins the journey but the home-buying process is another step-by-step procedure. Read More
While the bond market is performing very similar to the infamous Taper Tantrum of 2013, this is a very different market today. Recall that Taper Tantrum was about removing accommodation. Read More

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MBS RECAP: One of Three Things is Going on With Bonds

Posted To: MBS Commentary

Bond markets sold-off today in a slightly more alarming way than we've seen so far in 2019. This was accompanied by 11th straight trading session where stocks closed higher than they opened, as well as the best S&P prices in more than a month. One of three things could be going on. At face value, this is alarming . The first option is that all of the above is cause for concern. After all, we were worried about stocks and bonds reversing course in 2019 after the strong and correlated move in late 2018. This is the worst case scenario, but not necessarily a guaranteed scenario. The 2nd option is that all of the above is a 'false alarm.' Perhaps stocks are overly optimistic about a trade deal. Perhaps markets are too smart for their own good thinking they know what will happen...(read more)

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Mortgage Rates Nominally Higher Despite Bond Market Warning

Posted To: Mortgage Rate Watch

Mortgage rates rose gently today. Most mortgage borrowers (and many mortgage professionals, for that matter) wouldn't be aware of slightly more alarming risks lurking underneath the surface. Those risks involve the broader bond market from which mortgage-related bonds take their directional cues. More simply put, if US Treasuries are improving, mortgage-backed bonds tend to improve as well. The level of correlation varies though. For nearly all of 2018, mortgages weren't improving as quickly as the most widely-used rate benchmark: 10yr Treasury yields. That began to change recently--especially when 10yr yields began moving higher 3 weeks ago. During that time, we've seen moderate moves higher in 10yr yields met with modest moves higher in mortgage rates. Today was another one of those days...(read more)

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