What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – July 31, 2017

July 31, 2017 by John · Leave a Comment 

Last week’s economic news included readings on new and existing home sales, Case-Shiller Home Price Index reports and an announcement by the Federal Open Market Committee of the Federal Reserve. Weekly readings on mortgage rates and new jobless claims were also released.

$100 Well Spent: 5 Useful Home Upgrades That Cost Less Than $100

July 28, 2017 by John · Leave a Comment 

Whether you’re trying to improve the look of your home or are getting ready to put it on the market, the idea of renovations can seem like a significant financial burden to take on. Fortunately, there are a variety of easy solutions for improving the look of your home without all the added expense. If you’re wondering how you can spend $100 wisely, look no further than the following upgrading tips.

Going Green(er): 3 Common Waste Items You Had No Idea You Can Recycle

July 27, 2017 by John · Leave a Comment 

It has never been more popular to live a “green” lifestyle and develop sustainable living practices that will help out the planet. While you may be used to recycling cardboard boxes and giving away your old hand-me-down clothes, there are probably a few household items you didn’t even know you could recycle! If you’re wondering what to do with some of your old, used items, here are a few things that may be ready for re-use.

Forget About the Bank of Mom and Dad — Here’s How You Can Save Your Own Down Payment

July 26, 2017 by John · Leave a Comment 

Are you considering buying a home for the first time? It might come as a surprise that you’ll want to have approximately 20% of the purchase price of your home for a down payment. For some, it can seem nearly impossible to come up with the funds. Fortunately, there are a few ways that you can save a little over time and not have to borrow from the “Bank of Mom and Dad”.

Investing in a New Home? 3 Reasons You Can’t Skip the Pest Inspection

July 25, 2017 by John · Leave a Comment 

There are so many small details involved in the final sale of a home that it can be easy to forget about all of the things that need to be done. While you won’t be able to forget about a home inspection, a pest inspection can be every bit as important before you sign on the dotted line. If you’re wondering why you shouldn’t forego this important step, consider the following information.

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – July 24, 2017

July 24, 2017 by John · Leave a Comment 

Last week’s economic news included releases from the National Association of Home Builders and releases from the Commerce Department on housing starts and building permits issued. Weekly readings on mortgage rates and new jobless claims were also released.

Living Under Water Restrictions? Transform Your Garden With These Succulent Plants

July 21, 2017 by John · Leave a Comment 

It can be difficult to deal with water restrictions if you’re a bit of a green thumb and don’t want your beautiful plants to go to waste. Fortunately, there are plenty of succulents out there that can be quite striking and will still be able to store the water they need to survive. If you’re looking for some low-maintenance plants that thrive in the dry season, here are a few succulents that will do the trick.

Squad Goals: 4 Steps to Throwing a Patio Party Your Friends Never Forget

July 20, 2017 by John · Leave a Comment 

Summer may be the season for swimsuits and beachside barbecues, but it’s also a great time to get your friends together for a party in your own backyard. Whether you’re ready to show off your new home or are just looking for a good reason to celebrate the season, here are some ways to ensure your party is one that will make the summertime memorable.

NAHB: Builder Confidence in Market Conditions Dips in July

July 19, 2017 by John · Leave a Comment 

According to the National Association of Home Builders, July builder sentiment dipped to an index reading of 64 as compared to June’s revised reading of 66, the original reading was 67. Analysts expected the reading for July to increase to 68. Builders cited increasing lumber prices as a concern affecting builders’ outlook on housing market conditions for new single-family homes. Any reading over 50 for the NAHB Housing Market Index indicates that more builders than fewer are positive about housing market conditions, but July’s reading was the lowest in eight months. NAHB said that home builder confidence in market condition “remains strong.”

Buying a Home in a Fire Risk Area: Here’s What You Need to Know

July 18, 2017 by John · Leave a Comment 

Outside of the significant financial responsibility of delving into home ownership, there can also be a lot of other risks involved that you may not have thought about as a new homeowner. While the requirement of homeowner’s insurance is well known and guarding your house against theft can be commonplace, if you happen to be living in an area that’s at high risk of fire, here are some things to consider beforehand.

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