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Maintaining your home is a work in progress. Not caring for it properly may result in expensive home repairs down the line that could have been avoided with a little prevention. Read More
With the rise of the internet and smartphones over the past 20 years, prospective homebuyers are steadily changing the way they shop for houses. Many homebuyers are beginning and ending their search online. Read More
For many first-time homebuyers, buying your first home may be overwhelming and all of the costs and fees involved may be confusing. But what exactly is a Loan Origination fee? It’s something every homeowner should understand when buying a house and the good news is, it’s not as complicated as you may think. Read More
One of the major challenges for homeowners, especially first-time homebuyers, is saving for a down payment. But before you start saving and figuring out how much of a down payment you need for your home, let’s take a closer look at what exactly a down payment is. Read More
Are you conflicted between buying a condo or renting an apartment? Choosing one over the other presents a very different type of lifestyle and it may be difficult to even know what the difference is between a condo and an apartment. So, which is better for your living situation? Let’s take a look at the differences to help you figure out which works better for you: a condo or an apartment? LEARN MORE What is a condo? A condo, also known as a condominium, is a private residence purchased by an individual homeowner or family in a building or community with several units. Read More
It doesn’t have to be expensive to keep your home looking stylish. And if a major makeover isn’t in your home’s immediate future, there are still many ways to keep your home looking contemporary without breaking the bank. Read More
You may have heard about rent-to-own homes or even seen them advertised on a sign in or around your neighborhood. They are often aimed at those with less-than-stellar credit or who can’t get conventional financing or don’t have enough for a down payment. Read More
When you make the decision to buy a home, there are several things to think about. One of the biggest considerations is affordability. Read More
VA Loans help active military and veterans qualify for homeownership, and if you already have a VA loan, now is a great time to refinance at today’s low rates. There are two programs that can be used to refinance an existing mortgage: VA Streamline Refinance or a VA Cash Out Refinance. Read More
Investing in real estate can be a successful way to boost your net worth if you know where and how to invest. If you are looking for a good location to put your money, consider the 10 cities below. Read More
Want to give a younger relative a healthy head start financially, or to keep a sentimental home in the family? Whatever the situation, buying or selling a home to a family member can be a win-win situation. Here’s a few things you should know to help the transaction go smoothly. Read More
Is a new home mortgage in your future? That really depends on your unique financial situation and the short and long-term financial goals you’ve set for yourself and your family. However, there are at least 4 key questions that you should consider before refinancing. Read More
When deciding between a 5/1 adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) and a 10/1 ARM, the distinction between the two is the initial fixed interest rate period. Both of these loans combine a variable-rate feature and a fixed-rate feature into one home loan. Read More
Barbecues grilling, kids playing outdoors, and tables filled with fun picnic foods. It’s the time of the season for block parties – one of the major perks of homeownership. Read More

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Cheaper Construction Loans Mean More Custom Homes

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Builders are finding that acquisition, development, and construction (ADC) loans in the last half of 2019 were both easier to access and less costly. That may be, in part, behind a fourth quarter 2019 surge in custom home building. The National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB's) quarterly survey of its builder and developer members found that the average interest rate on ADC loans declined in Q4 from 6.39 to 6.13 percent on loans for land acquisition and from 6.31 to 5.94 percent on development loans. Loans for single family spec construction declined 36 basis points to 5.63 percent and from 5.63 percent to 5.38 percent for pre-sold homes. It was the second consecutive quarter in which rates for all four loan categories declined. NAHB notes that, because ADC loans are typically short term...(read more)

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MBS Week Ahead: High Gear nCov Fear Pushing Rates Toward All-Time Lows

Posted To: MBS Commentary

Coronavirus (or nCov for short) made more disconcerting headlines over the weekend and has generally proven itself to be far more capable in that regard than its long lost cousin, SARS. When the nCov market narrative first emerged in mid-January, the comparison to SARS was still unknown. Now that the virus is unequivocally spreading faster, farther, and killing more people, markets are free to express more panic. But why panic? It's not as if nCov will kill more people than the flu does each year, right? So what's the big deal? In short, the big deal is that everyone is used to dealing with the flu. There are well-established figured on how many people will probably get it and how many of those will die. There's also a vaccine that is occasionally effective and that may at least...(read more)

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