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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
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

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MBS RECAP: Markets Finally Doing Interesting Things, But...

Posted To: MBS Commentary

We had to wait all the way until January 24th of 2020, but bonds finally offered their first real shred of willingness to challenge the established range of late 2019. When we talk about ranges, we use 10yr Treasuries for these reasons . In 10yr terms, the range has been 1.71 to 1.95%, which is reasonably narrow for a 3 month+ time frame. It looked like the range would be quickly crushed as war with Iran quickly entered the realm of possibility on the night of the missile attacks against Iraqi air bases. But with the de-escalation the following day, the range was actually strongly reinforced. Rates have been trickling since then without more than a 5bp move in 10yr yields until today. That same move also breaks us well below the 1.71% boundary to close at 1.686%. As we often discuss, the first...(read more)

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Mortgage Rates Drop to 4.5-Month Lows on Virus Fears

Posted To: Mortgage Rate Watch

Mortgage rates moved meaningfully lower over the past 2 days as panic over the coronavirus outbreak continues affecting financial markets. If this epidemic ends up being similar to SARS in 2003, it ultimately won't be worth as much of a drop in interest rates as we've seen so far. But the thing about brand new strains of deadly viruses is that neither the market nor the medical community knows exactly how this will unfold. Until that picture becomes clearer, the market is preparing for more dire outcomes. For whatever it's worth, the timeline of the SARS outbreak spanned 2 calendar years (2002 - 2004) but the most notable market impact was confined to the space of a single month (March 2003). We'll be a week into February before the current epidemic reaches a similar milestone. I'm basing that...(read more)

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