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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
If you’re running up against multiple offers from well-qualified and all-cash buyers, the last thing you want in your offer is a 30-to-60-day escrow.   Your offer in today’s fast-moving market simply won’t be relevant. Read More
It’s time to dust off your Chewbacca impression: May 4th is Star Wars Day. Like many entertainment franchises, the “Star Wars” movies have spawned a collectible craze that is still going strong today. Read More
For a third consecutive year, New American Funding has received multiple Stevie® American Business Awards, including a Stevie® gold as “Company of the Year. ”  The prestigious awards annually recognize the achievements of businesses and working professionals throughout the U. Read More
You hear almost every day, especially from millennials and first-time homebuyers, that’s it’s almost impossible to buy a house today.   And while it’s true that wages are struggling to keep up with housing prices, it wasn’t necessarily a picnic for your parents or grandparents either to purchase a house when they were just starting out. 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
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
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
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

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MBS RECAP: Limited Reaction to Powell Testimony; Stocks

Posted To: MBS Commentary

Fed Chair Powell fielded questions from the Senate Banking Committee today as a part of the 2-day semi-annual congressional testimony often referred to as the Humphrey Hawkins address. These testimonies have plenty of street cred based on past examples where they've caused big market movements. The difference between then and now is that markets don't have much to learn from the Fed. In other words, there's not much room for off-the-radar surprises. Today's market reaction bore that out. A few bond bulls were positioned for Powell to say something dovish. When he didn't, there was a quick, shallow, negative reaction, followed by a sideways grind that kept longer-term bond near unchanged levels. Shorter-term bonds continued to lose ground, because that's what shorter...(read more)

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Same Old Story For Mortgage Rates

Posted To: Mortgage Rate Watch

Mortgage rates were generally unchanged today, prolonging an exceptionally flat trend. Over the past 3 weeks, the average mortgage seeker will not have seen a change in the interest rate attached to their loan. Changes have come instead from the upfront costs associated with any given rate, which can move in smaller increments than rates themselves (mortgage lenders tend to break up rates by eighths of a percentage point). The lack of movement isn't for a lack of potential movement in underlying bond markets. That said, "potential" is the operative word, and it went unfulfilled by today's data and events. Given that today's biggest calendar event was Fed Chair Powell's congressional testimony, there's little reason to assume tomorrow's installment (with the House instead of the Senate) will...(read more)

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