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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
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
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
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
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
When it comes to getting a home loan, there are plenty of options out there. However, different types of home loans come with different interest rates as well as requirements. Read More


Differences Between Previous and Current FOMC Statements

Posted To: MBS Commentary

Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in MarchMay indicates that the labor market remains strong and that economic activity roseis rising at a solidmoderate rate. Job gains have been solid, on average, in recent months, and the unemployment rate has remained low. GrowthAlthough growth of household spending andappears businessto fixedhave investmentpicked slowedup from earlier in the firstyear, quarterindicators of business fixed investment have been soft. On a 12-month basis, overall inflation and inflation for items other than food and energy have declined and are running below 2 percent. On balance, marketMarket-based measures of inflation compensation have remaineddeclined; low in recent months, and survey-based measures of longer-term inflation expectations are...(read more)

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Moderating Home Prices Stoke 'Time to Sell' Sentiment

Posted To: MND NewsWire

The second quarter HOME (Housing Opportunities and Market Experience) survey from the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) appears to indicate that a period of softening price increases and lower interest rates have only slightly improved the sentiment of potential homebuyers. Survey respondents who say it is a good time to buy a home remained at 65 percent although those who strongly felt so dipped by one point to 27 percent and those with a moderate opinion rose 1 point to 38 percent. Opinions about selling were more fluid. Seventy-three percent of respondents said it was a good time to sell, up from 65 percent in the Q1 survey and those with a strong opinion increased from 37 to 46 percent. The good time to buy sentiment was shared by two-thirds of respondents in three of the country...(read more)

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