Mortgage Rates May Be Low, But They’re Tough To Pin Down — Especially This Week

August 31, 2010 by John · Leave a Comment 

Mortgage rates would have been volatile this week. The presence of Labor Day just piles on. If you have a chance to lock something favorable and within your budget, consider doing it.

How To Reduce Home Energy Costs By Sealing Air Leaks

August 30, 2010 by John · Leave a Comment 

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, up to 30 percent of a home’s energy costs can be cut just by reducing drafts. For example, a 1/16-inch gap unsealed gap around a window is equivalent to leaving the window 3 inches open.

Home Affordability Rankings For 225 Metropolitan Statistical Areas

August 27, 2010 by John · Leave a Comment 

With home prices holding firm and mortgage rates still dropping, home affordability is reaching new heights.

New Home Sales Drop In July — Just Like Existing Home Sales

August 26, 2010 by John · Leave a Comment 

Although new home inventory actually dropped 2,000 units in July, the slowing sales pace still managed to push the national supply higher by 1.1 months. At July’s rate of sales, the nation’s new home inventory would be exhausted in just about 9 months.

Existing Home Sales Plummet In July; Home Buyers Gain Leverage

August 25, 2010 by John · Leave a Comment 

The number of home resales plunged by 1.4 million units in July. Home buyers may uncover opportunities for a deal.

Bank Mortgage Lending Policies Appear To be Easing

August 24, 2010 by John · Leave a Comment 

According to the Federal Reserve’s quarterly survey of senior bank loan officers, roughly 1 in 10 lenders added mortgage qualification hurdles between April and June. It’s a huge departure from just 2 years ago when the mortgage industry was facing its first wave of challenges.

How To Re-Grout And Caulk Bathroom Tiles

August 23, 2010 by John · Leave a Comment 

In this 2-minute video, you’ll learn how to clean the existing grout in your shower and to prepare for a new coating. You’ll also learn how to replace its caulk.

Mortgage Rates Make New Lows For The 9th Week In A Row

August 20, 2010 by John · Leave a Comment 

Mortgage rates are (again) at their lowest levels in history.

How Much Should You Expect To Pay In Mortgage Closing Costs?

August 19, 2010 by John · Leave a Comment 

How much does a mortgage cost? The answer depends on where you live. But no matter which your locale, chances are strong that you’ll pay more for a mortgage in 2010 as compared to 2009.

Single-Family Housing Starts Fade In July

August 18, 2010 by John · Leave a Comment 

Sometimes, you need to look deeper than the headlines to get the news that matters. This basic truth’s latest example comes from the July Housing Starts data, as published by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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