Monthly Archives: July 2016

Getting on track after student loan debt

With many Americans saddled with seemingly insurmountable amounts of debt – stemming particularly from student loans – homeownership can seem like an unattainable goal. But the truth is that owning a home is within reach for most, assuming they get … Continue reading

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Housing Holds Court: Home Sales at Highest Level Since 2007

The monthly housing data for June and July is cycling in, and it looks pretty good. The Wells Fargo/NAHB Home Builder Sentiment Index posted at 59 for July. (Anything above 50 is good.) The sub-components within the index were particularly … Continue reading

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How to Get the most Our of a Home Appraisal

  An essential part of the mortgage refinance process, a home appraisal is a way to judge what your property is currently worth – and how lenders can ensure that you are able to leverage the full value of your equity. When … Continue reading

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Rates Rise on Strong Employment Numbers

The employment numbers for June came in much stronger than anyone expected. Payrolls were up a whopping 287,000 for the month. This was a welcomed turnaround compared to the dismal 38,000 payroll increase in May. Somewhat paradoxically, the unemployment rate … Continue reading

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Things to Ignore When Buying a New Home

Rising home prices can create an intimidating environment for first-time homebuyers who feel priced out of the market. However, if buyers zig where everyone else zaps, they may find that their dream home is right in front of them for … Continue reading

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How Low Can Rates Go?

Each week, we see interest rates as low as they’ve been in our lifetime. This week, the yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note hit another all-time low, dipping below 1.37%. Mortgage rates aren’t quite at an all-time low, which … Continue reading

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How Home Equity and Retirement Planning Go Hand-in-Hand

One of the best things about owning your own home is that, simply by buying it, you are investing in your future. Unlike renting, every time you make a payment on your mortgage, you are building more equity and own … Continue reading

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