Lock Now? Friday’s Job Report Expected To Push Mortgage Rates Up.

March 31, 2011 by John · Leave a Comment 

Friday, analysts expect to count another 190,000 jobs created. If the actual figure falls short, expect mortgage rates to ease. Otherwise, look for rates to rise. Probably by a lot.

January 2011 Case-Shiller Index : Weak And Flawed

March 30, 2011 by John · Leave a Comment 

According to the January Case-Schiller Index, values are down 3.1% from last year, retreating to the same levels from Summer 2003. As a buyer or seller in today’s market, though, don’t read too much into it. The Case-Shiller Index is far too flawed to be the final word in housing.

Pending Home Sales Rebound; Suggest Brighter Spring For Housing

March 29, 2011 by John · Leave a Comment 

February’s Pending Home Sales Index rebound breaks a 2-month losing streak, and reverses recent downward momentum in housing.

Water Conservation Tips For Your Home And Garden

March 28, 2011 by John · Leave a Comment 

According to the EPA, the average U.S. household spends close to $500 each year on water and sewage bills. With a few small changes, though, that figure could drop by $170. It’s all in how you use your water.

15-Year Fixed Rate Mortgages Look Cheap Compared To Comparable 30-Year Fixeds

March 25, 2011 by John · Leave a Comment 

If you’ve ever explored the idea of using a 15-year fixed rate mortgage for your home, the math is in your favor today. Talk to your loan officer before rates start rising.

New Home Sales Fall To All-Time, Recorded Low. Maybe.

March 24, 2011 by John · Leave a Comment 

Sales of newly-built homes plunged 17 percent to an seasonally-adjusted, annualized 250,000 units in February, and the supply of new homes rose to 8.9 months in February — a 1.5 month jump from January. But there’s more to the story.

10 U.S. Cities With The Steepest Rent Increases (2010)

March 23, 2011 by John · Leave a Comment 

The average apartment vacancy rate is 6.6% nationwide, down from 8.0% last year, and the number of occupied apartments rose by more during Q4 2010 than during any comparable period of the last 10 years. It’s a major reason why rents are up 2.3%.

Existing Home Sales Unexpectedly Drop In February

March 22, 2011 by John · Leave a Comment 

Existing Home Sales fell 10 percent last month, according to a report from the National Association of REALTORS®.

Get That Last Drop Of Ketchup (And Other Household Money-Stretchers)

March 21, 2011 by John · Leave a Comment 

According to Consumer Reports, Americans waste as much as 25% of the products they purchase. Learn the tricks of using “the last drop” of everything you buy.

Good News For Sellers — Housing Starts Plummet In February

March 18, 2011 by John · Leave a Comment 

Home prices are based on supply and demand and overall home supply looks headed for a fall. Sellers are poised to regain negotiation leverage.

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