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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
Whether you live in a drought-prone area, want to reduce your utility bills, or wish to simply lower your environmental footprint this summer, there are many small adjustments you and your family can make to reduce your water and energy use. Water You Waiting For? Depending on where you live, you may not have given your water habits much thought. Read More
When you are about to make the largest purchase of your life, you need someone who will not only find you a low rate, but who gets the significance and wants to help you succeed in the most affordable way possible. After all, the terms of your mortgage will impact your household finances for years to come. Read More
There are two major themes in the market today: 1) buy stocks and 2) buy gold and bonds. Typically they don’t happen simultaneously and that should be cause for concern. 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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