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Rates Ascend, but Stocks and Median Incomes Look Strong

We’ve counseled borrowers to lock on the dips in recent months. The latest dip was deeper and more prolonged than most, but it was still a dip. It has become less of one this past week. Many investors have cycled … Continue reading

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What are Mortgage Points?

The mortgage process is complicated, and some of the terms used can be confusing. One term that is often found in a home loan application or a mortgage refinance alongside the discussion of interest rates is “points,” also called “discount points.” These points … Continue reading

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Why Use a Real Estate Agent?

Buying a home, and even selling one, are often expensive ordeals, so it makes sense that we want to keep costs as low as possible. Some look to trim their budgets by taking a second look at some expenses like … Continue reading

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How Agents Sell Homes Faster

In many parts of the U.S., the local housing market is undeniably in favor of the seller. For real estate agents themselves, that doesn’t mean the process will be a total cakewalk from start to finish. According to agents who … Continue reading

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Builders See Blue Skies

Home builder sentiment perked up noticeably this month.  The Home Builders Sentiment Index, having drooped to the low 60s from the low 70s, spiked to 68 in August. This was a four-point increase over the July reading. A reading above 50 … Continue reading

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Debunking the Biggest Homebuying Myths

The process of buying or selling a home is incredibly complex, especially for those diving in for the first time. That’s why it might not come as a shock to learn that many misconceptions and myths persist regarding various steps … Continue reading

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September Rate Hike Unlikely

Mortgage rates appear to have gone on a fly-and-flop vacation. We’ve seen little movement over the past week. Even an exceptionally strong employment report for July did little to roil lending rates. Credit-market participants responded mostly with a collective shrug. … Continue reading

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