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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
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: Best Week For Bonds in a Year

Posted To: MBS Commentary

When you pay the sort of price we paid last week (in terms of rates surging to 7-year highs), you expect to get something reasonably nice in return. This, then, is our recompense. In terms of ground covered, it was the best week we've had since April 2017. An unresolved question remains: would it have happened without Italian political drama? I know the answer. Yes , we still would have rallied, but no , we probably wouldn't have rallied at such a fast pace. Domestic bond markets and even German Bunds RESISTED the Italian implication last week and only really got with the program as things got more serious on Wednesday. The additional safe-haven buying was the last thing bond sellers wanted to see a few short days after pushing yields to long-term highs. It meant a big accumulation...(read more)

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Mortgage Rates Hit Holiday Weekend at Recent Lows

Posted To: Mortgage Rate Watch

Mortgage rates moved much lower this week with another strong move today. As we discussed yesterday, this is certainly at odds with the prevailing news coverage, which continues to focus on yesterday's Freddie Mac survey. Here's a link to yesterday's article, or you can take my word for it that Freddie's survey is now outdated. Or you could just forget all that and consider the following. At several huge, "household name" lenders, the upfront costs on a 30yr fixed quote of 4.75% are now the same as they were for 4.875% just a few days ago. That's a strong week by anyone's standards, and it brings today's rates in line with the lowest of the past several weeks. Whether or not the strength persists, remains to be seen . We'll be waiting at least until next Tuesday to get any clues as markets...(read more)

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