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As the inventory of new and existing homes for sale tightens, you can find yourself looking at too many properties within your price range that do not meet your criteria or fighting the urge to step up into a higher price range in hopes of finding the perfect home. Meanwhile, you may have noticed that there are homes languishing on the MLS that seem well priced but are in serious need of updating. 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
Today we are going to talk about what’s happening in the capital markets. On March 21st the Federal Reserve met and raised the benchmark rate by 25 basis points. 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
When considering homeownership, one of the most important decisions you'll have to make  is how to handle the down payment. Down payments can be challenging, but they can be doable if you set a goal for yourself. 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
The care and attention you show your lawn, flowers, vegetables, or other landscaping plants can draw more than the appreciation of your neighbors. It can also make them quite inviting to hungry rabbits, not to mention deer, field mice, moles, cats, and raccoons. Read More
Hello everyone and welcome back to the Mortgage Rundown. Today we are going to talk about what’s happening in the capital markets. 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
Hello everyone and welcome back to the Mortgage Rundown. Today we are going to talk once again about what’s happening with interest rates. 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
When it comes to gated communities, clients can harbor a number of misperceptions about the benefits this type of housing offers versus its price. Whether they are sold on the concept or opposed to it, a reality check is likely in order. 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
As you start prepping to move from your current residence to your new one, include your pets in the process since these family members tend to like familiarity. To minimize their stress levels and maximize their comfort in the face of this big change, here are some things to keep in mind as you make the big move. Read More
Today we are going to talk once again about what’s happening with interest rates. The 10yr Treasury is floating right around 2. Read More
Let’s face it…we all have dirty laundry, literally. Whether it’s something you do weekly—or, for some families, daily—having a dedicated and organized laundry room in your home makes it easier to get the job done. Read More
Whether you are already a homeowner or thinking about buying your first home, the new tax laws—officially known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA)—will challenge how you think about your home loans, especially your Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC). What Changed In addition to flatter tax brackets, TCJA eliminates many popular deductions for individual taxpayers, and puts new limits on those that remain. Read More
If you are like many U. S. 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
Welcome back to the Mortgage Rundown. Today we are going to talk what’s happening with interest rates. Read More
Ready to get serious about homeownership? Then it’s probably time to start saving for a down payment. While down payments can seem like a challenge, they are really like any other goal you set for yourself, doable. Read More
Did you fall in love with your home at first sight?  For many homebuyers, the first step through the door seals the deal. They just feel right…at home. Read More
Many of us avoid budgets. Maybe it’s the name, or perhaps the assumption that being on one requires giving up the things we want. Read More
Debt is one of those things that can be both hard to live with and hard to live without. Many of us choose the former. Read More
It used to be that the type of home you had determined the type of dog you chose. Today, the reverse is increasingly true. Read More
Whether you are already a homeowner or thinking about buying your first home, the new tax laws—officially known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA)—will challenge how you think about the cost of homeownership. What the TCJA should not change is the reason you choose to own a home, which is more likely to involve quality-of-life and wealth-accumulation goals rather than your tax bill. Read More
In many parts of the country, potential homebuyers have encountered a low number of homes for sale. According to many real estate analysts, the situation is unlikely to improve any time soon, as more Millennials decide they are ready to make their move into homeownership. Read More
NerdWallet has named New American Funding a two-time winner in its annual Best-Of Awards Program, which highlights the top financial companies and products nationwide for 2018. The consumer finance website selected New American Funding as a Best Mortgage Lender for First-Time Home Buyers with Low Credit Scores and a Best FHA Lender for Borrowers with Nontraditional Credit Histories. Read More
For most kids, heading back to school is an exciting time. It’s a chance to reconnect with friends, see new classrooms and experience the accomplishment of moving up a grade level. Read More
Having outdoor living spaces that go well beyond a picnic table and charcoal grill hold appeal for most buyers. Conversation areas, fire pits, and outdoor kitchens range from desirable to “must have” in some parts of the country. Read More

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MBS RECAP: Bonds Surge to Weakest Levels since 2014

Posted To: MBS Commentary

10yr yields hit the highest levels in more than 4 years this afternoon as bigger-picture selling pressure looks to be taking the reigns back from the Springtime consolidation that helped rates hold steady-to-slightly lower in March. There are no big, obvious reasons for the sudden spike in rates. We're left to cobble together a narrative from boring, esoteric stuff like an "imbalance in trading positions," anxiety over the data, earnings, and bond supply next week, and the end of a few days of extra help from tax deadline retirement account funding. Or, if you'd like to go with fewer words , it's no less valid to say that technicals and momentum are the culprits. In other words, bonds were in a consolidation trend. They tested the ceiling, broke the ceiling, and have been...(read more)

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Mortgage Rates Quickly Approaching 4-Year Highs

Posted To: Mortgage Rate Watch

Let's clear one thing up before we begin. Freddie Mac, MBA, and Ellie Mae all noted new 4-year highs in mortgage rates this week. They are all technically wrong. This has to do with the way their data is collected and/or averaged. And while I have no doubt that they are accurately conveying the results of their data collection efforts according to their methodology, there is a more accurate way to do things. Specifically, we can track actual lenders' rate sheets every day. Even if we take an average of that daily data, we still find that rates aren't quite back to 4-year highs just yet. Depending on the lender, these occurred on one of the days near the end of February. In fact, some lenders' rates from March 21st are still higher than today's. Are we talking about very big differences between...(read more)

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