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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
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
How Often Can You Refinance Your Home? So, you’ve bought a home. Maybe you’ve even refinanced it one or more times. Read More
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

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Full Steam Ahead for Refi Boom as Rates Hit New Lows

Posted To: Mortgage Rate Watch

Yesterday's mortgage rate commentary noted a fresh move down to the lowest levels in more than 3.5 years . With just a bit more improvement, the same is true today . This isn't some isolated opportunity. Rates have been pushing long-term lows off-and-on for months. In fact, we've spent more than 7 months in territory that makes refinancing attractive for big contingent of homeowners who purchased or refi'd in 2017-2018. Making the boom even boomier is the fact that folks who refi'd in early 2019 are already back in the money for another refi now. The numbers corroborate this. The Mortgage Banker's Association continues showing refi applications at higher levels than those seen during the 2016 refi boom. Simply put, we're looking at the strongest refi demand since 2012. As for the motivation...(read more)

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Existing Home Sales Showing Resilience and Lots of Potential for 2020

Posted To: MND NewsWire

If it's January it must mean fewer home sales. That, at least, has been the recent pattern according to National Association of Realtors (NARs). Existing home sales have bounced up and down on a near monthly basis. Strong sales in December, they rose 3.6 percent month-over-month, were expected to result in a slowdown in January and they did. Sales of single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums, and cooperative apartments were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.46 million last month, down 1.3 percent from the 5.54 million pace in December. However, for the second straight month overall sales substantially increased on an annual basis, up 9.6 percent from the 4.98 million sales in January 2019. Single-family sales dipped 1.2 percent to an annual rate of 4.85 million from 3.91 million...(read more)

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