New Home Sales Show Healthy Year-Over-Year Increase

December 31, 2013 by John · Leave a Comment 

The holiday season and winter weather slowed home sales in November. Last week, the NAR reported that sales of existing homes had slumped to their lowest level in nearly a year, but this was not unexpected.

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – December 30, 2013

December 30, 2013 by John · Leave a Comment 

The University of Michigan’s Consumer Sentiment Index was improved for December at 82.5, after the November reading was adjusted from 82.5 to 75. Analysts noted that consumers were relieved when legislative gridlock ended.

How To Build An Outdoor Fire Pit

December 27, 2013 by John · Leave a Comment 

With most of the country easing into full-on winter weather, last-minute outdoor projects need to happen soon. And what better way to enjoy a cozy holiday season than by drinking hot chocolate and roasting marshmallows at your very own outdoor fire pit.

Keep That Heat Inside, Insulate Your Windows For The Winter

December 26, 2013 by John · Leave a Comment 

Did you know that, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, 10% of air leaks out of the average house through the windows? Also, an estimate by Energy Star states that homeowners could save an annual 7-15% on their energy bills by replacing their own windows with more efficient models.

5 Tips On Safely Hanging Those Christmas Lights

December 24, 2013 by John · Leave a Comment 

Christmas lights can be the most festive of holiday decorations, but actually putting them up can be a huge pain. With these easy step-by-step instructions, you can safely hang Christmas lights outside your house in no time. That way you can get back to what’s important, family time.

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – December 23, 2013

December 23, 2013 by John · Leave a Comment 

According to December’s NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, home builder confidence rose by four points to a reading of 58; this surpassed the consensus of 56 and November’s reading of 56.

4 Safety Tips For Your Christmas Tree

December 20, 2013 by John · Leave a Comment 

It’s Christmas time, it’s Christmas time – which means it’s time to get a tree for your home. Whether you get a real tree or an artificial one, it’s also time to think about Christmas tree safety.

Fed Minutes Predicts Tapering Of Quantitative Easing Program

December 19, 2013 by John · Leave a Comment 

Housing Starts exceeded expectations and also beat October’s reading of 889,000. November housing starts were posted at 1.09 million against a consensus of 963,000. This reading is more in line with the NAHB/Wells Fargo Home builder Market Index, which reached a four month high with December’s reading.

Housing Market Index Shows Builder Confidence Up 23 Percent Year-Over-Year

December 18, 2013 by John · Leave a Comment 

According to the National Association of Homebuilders/Wells Fargo Homebuilders Market Index for December, builder confidence recovered in with a reading of 58. This surpassed both expectations of 56 and last month’s reading of 54.

Picking The Perfect Holiday Tree

December 17, 2013 by John · Leave a Comment 

It’s coming up on Christmas time, which means that people are decorating their home with lights and tinsel. It also means that it’s time to pick a Holiday tree.

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