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The Weekly Mortgage Market Commentary

This week brings us the release of only three pieces of monthly or quarterly economic data, but two of them are considered very important to the financial and mortgage markets. In addition to the economic data, there are two Treasury auctions scheduled that have the potential to influence mortgage rates. There is nothing of relevance to rates scheduled for release Monday or Tuesday, so look for the stock markets to drive bond trading and mortgage rates until we get to the start of this week’s activities. Employee Productivity and Costs data for the second quarter will start this weekR...

August 7th, 2017 The Weekly Mortgage Market Commentary

What Happens the First Two Weeks of Marketing Your Home for Sale

Real estate brokers share their listings with other brokers in the multiple listing service (MLS) under certain rules of cooperation and compensation. One of the rules of cooperation is that each broker and agent make a new listings available to other MLS members within 24 or 48 hours of signing the listing agreement with the seller. This is to ensure that you have the greatest chance of selling your home during the first two weeks of marketing. This critical two-week period is your best opportunity to sell your home. Several key events happen quickly: Your home will be entered into the MLS sh...

August 3rd, 2017 What Happens the First Two Weeks of Marketing Your Home for Sale

The Weekly Mortgage Market Commentary

This week brings us the release of five pieces of economic data that are worth watching, including two highly important reports. The most important ones are early and late in the week, so we should see the most movement those days. Because the reports are spread over four days, we could see noticeable changes to rates multiple days. There is nothing of importance set for release Monday. June’s Personal Income and Outlays data will start this week's activities at 8:30 AM ET Tuesday morning. This report helps us measure consumer ability to spend and current spending habits. If it shows siz...

July 31st, 2017 The Weekly Mortgage Market Commentary

Five Sanity-Saving Strategies For Home Construction

Is this the year you begin construction of your dream house? What have you done to ensure your dream does not turn into the nightmare that house building has become for too many? If you purchase a custom-built home from a subdivision developer, you may believe its construction will be smooth sailing, with just a few choices of interior and exterior finishes to resolve. If you buy an amazing lot and hire an architect and contractor to turn your dreams into a stunning and practical design, on budget and on deadline, you may believe the hard work is behind you. Thinking there’s little to s...

July 28th, 2017 Five Sanity-Saving Strategies For Home Construction

It's Moving Cats and Dogs

Tips for Pet Parents On the Move Do you have family members with feathers, fins or fur? Those feathered, finned or furry kids add a layer of consideration when you're planning a home purchase or move. What are some tips you follow, particularly for cats and dogs, whether you are moving across town or relocating across the country?   People prep - don't wind up in the poor preparation doghouse Before making a move, you should ensure that you have your pet's up-to-date health records, as not only do most states require health certificates for dogs - and some for cats and other pets, too - b...

July 28th, 2017 It's Moving Cats and Dogs

Is a Smaller Home for You?

Studies over the past few years have shown a solid trend regarding home sizes. Buyers today want smaller homes with smaller price tags. During the boom era in the mid-2000’s, homeownership was about McMansions and spacious sprawls. The recent recession and continued ailing recovery have made many families rethink their budgets and lifestyles. So, this question is posed. How much space does your family really need? This isn’t a simple cut and dry question. Every family has different needs and dynamics. Let’s put things into perspective, though. Having a large, show-stopper hom...

July 27th, 2017 Is a Smaller Home for You?

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