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Whether it’s a larger kitchen for future holiday entertaining or a wave of inspiration after visiting your in-laws’ new condo, you may find yourself ready to make some changes. Replace Versus Remodel When it comes to updating your home, the first question you need to ask yourself is, “How long do I plan to stay in this house?” You may be in your home for the duration, which means customizing it to your needs and personal tastes makes sense. Read More
Previously considered nontraditional buyers, single people now account for 24 percent of home purchasers. The decision to own alone crosses all age groups from young, first-timers to a growing number from the 55-and-over category. Read More
I have heard no better analogy in describing the post-election euphoria around future GDP and interest rates than comparing the state of the markets to an escalator. In many people’s minds the economy, thanks to historically low interest rates for an extended period of time has put the US economy onto an escalator which will continue to rise for the years to come. Read More
Real estate has always been about location, location, location. That hasn’t changed. Read More
After making your monthly car, rent, and student loan payments, then spending what you need for essentials, saving money can be tough. If what you are trying to save for is a home, the prospect of putting away enough for a down payment may seem daunting, but it’s not impossible. Read More
You've probably heard of curb appeal, but what about a home's air appeal? It may not seem necessary to consider what your property looks like from above, but if current trends involving the use of drones in real estate are any indication, it may be much more important soon. Drones are making it easier to get a unique look at a home. Read More
Fads and trends come and go, but they tend to stick around longer when propelled by necessity. This may be the case with a new interest among first-time homebuyers in what's being called "micro-housing. Read More
Tustin, CA – New American Funding, a national mortgage banker, announced today that its President, Patty Arvielo, has been named the recipient of the Business Award presented by the LA Times and Hoy newspapers and will be recognized at the Latinos de Hoy (LDH) Awards ceremony. This 4th annual bicultural event salutes the contributions Latinos make to America by honoring those who have exemplified leadership, service, and dedication amongst peers and to the next generation. Read More

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The impact of Tuesday's Presidential election is still sending shockwaves around the globe. It's too early to tell what the next four years will look like so I want to send out this quick update on the recent events in the bond and stock markets. Read More
Tustin, CA – Inc. magazine today ranked New American Funding on its 35th annual Inc. Read More
We all dream about purchasing that gorgeous second home in the mountains, on the beach or way out in the countryside. A vacation home, after all, is a great way to ensure infinite good times with our friends and family for years to come. Read More
When sprucing up your home before a sale, make sure you do not forget about the exterior. It is easy to become preoccupied staging the home's interior and updating key rooms, but failing to think about the curb appeal of your property could cost you. Read More
While the current environment of low interest rate mortgages bodes well for those looking to enter the housing market, it's also great news for financially-savvy homeowners. According to statistics from Freddie Mac, the going rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage is at its lowest in decades. Read More
I had the unique fortune to be in London shortly after the Brexit vote just a few weeks ago and talked to a few Brits about their opinions on Brexit itself. By and large the vote was not about national security and had more to do with the EU controlling their country instead of their own elected democracy. Read More
For the third year in a row, millennials comprise the highest share of homebuyers in the U. S. Read More

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MBS RECAP: Bonds Continue Circling Wagons (Nothing To Do With Shutdown News)

Posted To: MBS Commentary

Government shutdowns make good news. When risks of a shutdown flare up (especially with today's sort of political theater) it tends to dominate the news coverage. This creates the risk that shutdown news is perceived to impact bonds in a way that isn't really accurate. This was the case today, to some extent. Shutdown headlines dominated the afternoon news cycle right at a time when bonds were weakening. So was it the shutdown headlines causing the issues? Not hardly. In fact, the shutdown headlines would have arguably been good for bonds. Instead, bonds were simply backtracking after having been led into stronger territory by European markets. The latter were on the move due to the latest round of Brexit-related headlines, which basically conveyed "no additional negotiations"...(read more)

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Mortgage Rates Flattening Out After Much-Needed Winning Streak

Posted To: Mortgage Rate Watch

Mortgage rates rose almost imperceptibly today, with a few lenders not showing any detectable changes from yesterday. Still, it was the first time since November 30th that rates were higher than the previous day (on average). Today's move was so small that most lenders accounted for it in the form of upfront costs. This means that borrowers would be quoted the same rate as yesterday, but with a small increase in upfront costs. For those who read yesterday's commentary (which said we may have just seen temporary lows in rates as the current move was running out of steam), none of this should come as a surprise. In fact, given the pace of the improvements in recent weeks, it's arguably a good thing to take a break because it could help rates hold in stronger territory for longer. The most obvious...(read more)

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