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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
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
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
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
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

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MBS RECAP: Bonds Ignore Econ Data in Favor of Next Week's Fed Events

Posted To: MBS Commentary

Bonds began the day in modestly stronger territory. While they spend a small amount of the day trading a small distance away from those opening levels, that time and distance was never big enough to cause any concern. In short, the "consolidation" we'd hoped to confirm by seeing 10yr yields remain under 2.92% this week has officially been confirmed. If you'd prefer to approach this from a purely empirical standpoint where we forget that the Fed is a big deal next week and that traders aren't all robots, we could simply say that a slightly stronger Retail Sales report was offset by weaker performance in stocks to leave bonds to trade in line with opening levels by the end of the day. Whichever reality you choose to live in, the fact remains that next week has a fairly big...(read more)

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Mortgage Rates Preserve Most of Last Week's Gains

Posted To: Mortgage Rate Watch

Mortgage rates didn't move much today, and that's arguably a good thing. When the week began, we discussed the need for rates to cool-off after last week's rapid drop. Doing so would improve our chances of seeing recently lower rates stick around for more than a fleeting moment. Now here we are on Friday with the average lender not too far from last Friday's 3-month lows. Each passing day this week saw underlying market activity die down as investors circled the metaphorical wagons ahead of next week's big Fed announcement. Much of the recent improvement in rates has come courtesy of the market's read on the Fed. They're expected to be more "dovish" (i.e. more friendly in terms of monetary policy and rate hikes, ostensibly in response a growing case for economic deceleration). While various...(read more)

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