Understanding Valuations and How a Real Estate Agent Can Determine Your Home’s Value

March 31, 2015 by John · Leave a Comment 

If you are thinking about listing your home for sale, one of the biggest factors that may be holding you back from pulling the trigger on this decision is the value of your home. The fact is that your knowledgeable real estate agent will provide you with a valuation up-front, and this can help you to make a more informed decision.

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – March 30, 2015

March 30, 2015 by John · Leave a Comment 

Last week’s economic reports included reports on new and existing home sales and FHFA’s monthly home price index for properties associated with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgages. The details:

Three Unique Upgrades That Will Drive Your Home’s Resale Price Through the Roof

March 27, 2015 by John · Leave a Comment 

If you are a homeowner, you should always be thinking about ways that you can boost the resale value of your home. Whether you are planning on putting the home on the market, or simply want to be prepared for the future, there are upgrades that can make your property more desirable.

Three Handy Home Staging Tips That Will Help You Display Your Home in the Best Light

March 26, 2015 by John · Leave a Comment 

Staging your home is a great way to present it in the best possible light for potential buyers to see. While there are dozens of staging tips and ideas that you may use, there are a few that are rather simple and affordable for most to complete.

FHFA: Home Prices Rise 0.30 Percent in January

March 25, 2015 by John · Leave a Comment 

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) reported that home prices rose by a seasonally-adjusted rate of 0.30 percent in January, and were 5.10 percent higher as compared to home prices in January 2014. FHFA oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and its home price report is based on sales of homes financed by mortgages owned or backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

How Safe is Your Home from a Fire? Learn How to Run a Quick Fire Safety Assessment

March 24, 2015 by John · Leave a Comment 

A fire can rage through your home at a moment’s notice, and it can cause a significant amount of damage in a very short period of time. Damage from the flames, intense heat, smoke and soot can cause tens of thousands of dollars or more in some cases, and a severe fire event can result in a total loss for the homeowner.

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – March 23, 2015

March 23, 2015 by John · Leave a Comment 

Last week’s events included the National Association of Home Builder’s Housing Market Index, which fell to its lowest reading since last summer. Other news included reports on housing starts and building permits, the FOMC meeting statement and Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s press conference.

Spring DIY Projects: How to Build a Treehouse That the Kids Will Love

March 20, 2015 by John · Leave a Comment 

If you have children, no home is complete without a treehouse. Besides the fact that treehouses provide kids with hours of entertainment, they can also confer ancillary benefits that are hard to quantify. When building any type of treehouse, keep the following tips in mind.

FOMC Statement: Federal Reserve Discusses Rate Increase, but Concerned About Growth

March 19, 2015 by John · Leave a Comment 

The post-meeting statement of the Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee indicated that while the Fed is considering raising its target rate as early as June, the agency is in no hurry to cast anything in cement. The statement cited stronger labor markets and low unemployment rates as encouraging, but noted that FOMC members remain concerned about economic growth due to low inflation failing to meet the FOMC goal of two percent.

Spring Cleaning: Follow Our Handy Guide to Organizing Your Garage, Basement and Attic

March 18, 2015 by John · Leave a Comment 

Spring is not far off, and your garage, basement and attic need your attention. From sweeping cobwebs to throwing out old, useless junk and organizing family photos, spring cleaning is essential to keeping a tidy house. Follow our handy guide to organizing your garage, basement and attic.

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