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Getting to know all the people who will join you for all or part of your homebuying journey is like meeting new people on the first day of school or the first day at a new job. There will be a lot to process, which alternately will prove exhilarating and overwhelming. Read More
Front porches were a common feature in American homes up until the early 1900s. In a world before air conditioning, they offered a retreat from both rainy and hot weather by providing protection, shade, and, often, a welcomed cool breeze. Read More
New American Funding placed 39 Loan Originators in the annual Top 250 Latino Mortgage Originators Report issued by the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP®), in association with RADIAN®. That total ranked No. Read More
The statistics are sobering, if not staggering. Since 1980, wages have grown by only 25%, while the median home value has risen 60%. Read More
If you’ve been seriously shopping for a home, then you no doubt have some idea about the house and neighborhood you can afford and the money you want to put toward a down payment to keep your monthly payments manageable. And it’s likely that during your search you’ve allowed a few compromises to creep into your thinking to make your homeownership dream come true, perhaps persuading yourself that adding 15 minutes to your commute in exchange for a bigger house wouldn’t be the end of the world. Read More
For the second year in a row, New American Funding has been named one of the Best Workplaces for Millennials by Fortune and Great Place to Work®. The Southern-California based mortgage lender ranked #63 in the nation for 2018. Read More
In many ways, getting a good deal in real estate is no different than buying mattresses or big screen TVs on sale. Savvy shoppers, who do their homework, know what, when, where and how to buy to get the best bargains. Read More
If you’re running up against multiple offers from well-qualified and all-cash buyers, the last thing you want in your offer is a 30-to-60-day escrow.   Your offer in today’s fast-moving market simply won’t be relevant. Read More
It’s time to dust off your Chewbacca impression: May 4th is Star Wars Day. Like many entertainment franchises, the “Star Wars” movies have spawned a collectible craze that is still going strong today. Read More
For a third consecutive year, New American Funding has received multiple Stevie® American Business Awards, including a Stevie® gold as “Company of the Year. ”  The prestigious awards annually recognize the achievements of businesses and working professionals throughout the U. Read More
You hear almost every day, especially from millennials and first-time homebuyers, that’s it’s almost impossible to buy a house today.   And while it’s true that wages are struggling to keep up with housing prices, it wasn’t necessarily a picnic for your parents or grandparents either to purchase a house when they were just starting out. 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
A sure way of attracting the attention of a seller, especially in a hot housing market, is to make an all-cash offer. After all, it eliminates any suspense about your ability to close the deal. 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
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

It's that time of year again! Do you have your March Madness brackets filled out yet? 
Check out the infographic below for some fun facts and to learn about this year's teams that 
are competing for the NCAA National Championship. 

March Madness

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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
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
This is it. You’re ready to make the move into homeownership. 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

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Housing Permits Soften, Starts Plummet

Posted To: MND NewsWire

All three measures of residential construction activity performed poorly in June , and the two most closely watched numbers, construction permits and housing starts, fell short of their June 2017 numbers. Despite the monthly and year-over-year declines, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development report that activity in the first half of 2018 is still ahead of the same period last year. The worst numbers were for privately authorized housing starts. They failed to hold on to their gain in May, dropping 12.3 percent to 1,173,000 units. May's estimate of 1,337,000 units was revised down from the original 1,350,000. The June estimate fell below the June 2017 pace by 4.2 percent. The results didn't come close to meeting expectations. Analysts polled by Econoday had...(read more)

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MBS Day Ahead: Bonds Increasingly Threatened by Momentum Shift; Powell Part 2

Posted To: MBS Commentary

Fed Chair Powell will deliver round 2 of his congressional testimony today, this time at the House FSOC (yesterday was with the Senate Banking Committee). There's no reason to expect today's House session to be any more of a market mover than yesterday's Senate version. In fact, the 2nd day of testimony almost always tends to be ignored relative to the 1st day, though there are a few exceptions. Perhaps more interesting for bonds right now is the fact that momentum is at risk of shifting negatively in the event of any additional weakness. As seen in the following chart, yields have backed up to their middle bollinger band (a technical study with a 21-day moving average as the middle line with outer lines that are 2 standard deviations higher and lower). Breaking above the middle...(read more)

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