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Want to give a younger relative a healthy head start financially, or to keep a sentimental home in the family? Whatever the situation, buying or selling a home to a family member can be a win-win situation. Here’s a few things you should know to help the transaction go smoothly. Read More
Is a new home mortgage in your future? That really depends on your unique financial situation and the short and long-term financial goals you’ve set for yourself and your family. However, there are at least 4 key questions that you should consider before refinancing. Read More
When deciding between a 5/1 adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) and a 10/1 ARM, the distinction between the two is the initial fixed interest rate period. Both of these loans combine a variable-rate feature and a fixed-rate feature into one home loan. Read More
Barbecues grilling, kids playing outdoors, and tables filled with fun picnic foods. It’s the time of the season for block parties – one of the major perks of homeownership. Read More
Today’s low mortgage rates may cause many to start thinking about refinancing. To keep your loan moving through the potential application traffic, it might be wise to gather the following documentation now for less problems locating this information later. Read More
So, you’ve bought a home. Maybe you’ve even refinanced it one or more times. Read More
Does anything say summer more than hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill? As summer approaches and the days get longer, the more barbecuing is in store. Knowing how to use the barbecue properly is key to the safety of you, your family and your home. Read More
Solar panels are becoming more popular because homeowners may save money and make their homes more “green. ” As a buyer or seller, you should be aware of both the benefits as well as the possible complications that solar panels may have when you enter the market. Read More
On a hot summer day, there’s nothing better than taking a refreshing dip in a swimming pool. Splashing around in the pool is fun for the entire family, but it can become dangerous if proper safety measures aren’t met. Read More
When it comes to home designs, it’s obvious that there are many different styles of architecture to choose from. Two of the more popular designs, craftsman and contemporary, offer distinctively different options with their own unique advantages, depending on what style and features appeal to the homebuyer. Read More
As the school year comes to an end, high school and college students prepare for one last and final milestone; graduation! Graduation parties can get pricey, but not celebrating likely isn’t an option. Graduating is one of the biggest milestones of your life and you deserve to revel your achievement and be surrounded by friends and family. Read More
While many homeowners might think the two are the same, make no mistake that patios and decks are very different. Although they both serve the same purpose, by letting you enjoy the outdoors, there are distinct differences between patios and decks. 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

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Posted To: Pipeline Press

There are more stars in the universe than words ever uttered by all the humans who ever lived. (That’s a good line for tonight’s Happy Hour.) Money, on the other hand, is finite, and catching everyone’s attention this morning is a) Zillow telling us that 37% of U.S. homes are free and clear of a mortgage, and b) the Equifax settlement for $700 million in its 2017 data breach settlement from a consumer class action suit on behalf of 145 million people . The deal includes $77.5 million in attorney fees, per one story , and $300 million for credit monitoring – about $2 per head. I don’t know how this helps me, as my guess is that someone in a foreign land now has all of my “private” information. Can’t we take the billions that will be spent on space...(read more)

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MBS Week Ahead: 2 Ways to Look at Current Trends

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In the week just passed, bonds set to the task of confirming a ceiling in yields that had been forming at the end of the previous week. The friendly support put an end to the selling pressure that had been intact since the strong jobs report at the beginning of the month. European bond market strength and US stock market weakness were both generally supportive. But there wasn't quite enough momentum in the other direction to identify a new, positive trend. Bonds generally drifted sideways near the week's best levels on Thursday and Friday. In the week ahead, we'll have a moderate dose of data and events to digest in what otherwise will be a placeholder ahead of next week's Fed rate cut. Technically, next Wednesday should be referred to as a meeting or an announcement, but the...(read more)

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