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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

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
When it comes to buying a new home in retirement, conventional wisdom says most people will downsize from what they currently have and spend less. However, surveys find that 48 percent of respondents plan to spend the same amount or more on a new home. Read More
Saving to buy a new home requires a commitment to regularly setting aside money. This can be more of a challenge around the holidays, especially when it’s your turn to host Thanksgiving dinner. Read More
Given the benefits of premarital, career, and retirement counseling, it’s no surprise that homeownership counseling offers similar benefits. It not only helps current homeowners manage their associated costs better, it has also helps first time buyers make better decisions about which home will be right for them. Read More
Amazon’s personal assistant, Alexa, made her debut with the introduction of the Amazon Echo device and already has many fans. From instantly providing a stream of pop rock hits from the 1990s to helping with homework, Alexa can also assist in managing your home’s thermostat settings, lighting and appliances—and, now, she can even find you a new place to live. Read More
The Stevie® Awards for Great Employers have selected New American Funding the winner of the 2017 gold award for “Employer of the Year in Financial Services”. This is the second year in a row that the national mortgage lender has claimed the top prize in the international competition, which recognizes the world’s best employers and human resources professionals. Read More
This is it. You’re ready to make the move into homeownership. Read More
Purchasing a fixer-upper can do more than satisfy your housing needs. It offers you an opportunity to restore a whole structure to its full market value and even improve the look of your neighborhood. Read More
First, congratulations! You already answered the biggest question you’ll face: “Will you marry me?” That was the easy part—you knew in your heart what you wanted. Deciding how and where you answer that same question in the presence of your respective families and friends, however, is likely to involve both your heart and your wallet. Read More
It’s always good news when a marketing plan you’ve put together for a client works so well that the home receives multiple offers. Once it has, you are in a much better position to help the seller make the most of the situation. Read More
The multigenerational household was a fairly common occurrence until the 1950s, when it gave up ground to the lure of the suburban development and the rise of the nuclear family. Times have changed, and with them a greater appreciation for multigenerational living. Read More
Fortune and Great Place to Work® have ranked New American Funding one of the best workplaces in the nation for Millennials. The Southern California-based lender ranked #46 on the 3rd annual list of 100 companies, which included a broad spectrum of industries ranging from technology to healthcare, and banking. Read More
  Many homeowners plan for retirement by assuming they’ll want to downsize when the time comes. However, as they near that point, they may feel differently. 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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