10 Tips for Finding the Best Deal on Your Mortgage

From USNews 5/11/15 Most people will need a mortgage to buy a home. That means that not only do you need to shop for a home, you need to shop for a home loan. But a survey of 2013 borrowers by the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found that almost half of borrowers didn't shop … Continue reading 10 Tips for Finding the Best Deal on Your Mortgage

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5 Signs it’s Time to List Your Home

To Sell or Not to Sell? <a href='http://openx.rismedia.com/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a727cfcb&cb=<?php echo time(); ?>' target='_blank'><img src='http://openx.rismedia.com/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=63&cb=<?php echo time(); ?>&n=a727cfcb' border='0' alt='' /></a> From RISMedia 4/27/15 If you’re like me, thoughts of putting your home on the market and moving up, down or out of dodge all together periodically float through your mind. These days, there’s extra incentive given … Continue reading 5 Signs it’s Time to List Your Home

Drought Face Lift?

Drought face-lift: California paints lawns green From AFP.com 5/18/15   Escondido (United States) (AFP) - The heat is stifling, the soil dry as a bone, and a new law in drought-stricken California restricts sprinklers. But far from saying farewell to their beloved lawn, some Californians are coping with the drought by... painting it green. With … Continue reading Drought Face Lift?

Renting vs. Buying: HOA Fees May Make Renting More Appealing than Buying

~Interesting Case for Renting~  From Trulia 5/13/15 Recent results from Trulia’s Rent vs. Buy Report reveals that purchasing a home with a traditional 30-year mortgage and 20 percent down payment is cheaper than renting, but additional fees from the homeowner association (HOA) can make renting seem more appealing especially for New York and Honolulu residents … Continue reading Renting vs. Buying: HOA Fees May Make Renting More Appealing than Buying

Millennials and the Housing Market

Take a look at these two articles on how Millennials are affecting the housing market   How Millennials Living With Parents Are Affecting the Housing Market   Study Shows Millennials Pose Less Credit Risk than Gen Xers or Boomers

The Road to Recovery: 4 Factors That Affect Home Prices

  <a href='http://openx.rismedia.com/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a727cfcb&cb=<?php echo time(); ?>' target='_blank'><img src='http://openx.rismedia.com/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=63&cb=<?php echo time(); ?>&n=a727cfcb' border='0' alt='' /></a> From RISMedia 5/11/15    With housing on a steady path to recovery, home prices have risen approximately 20 percent in the last three years, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Case-Shiller house price indices … Continue reading The Road to Recovery: 4 Factors That Affect Home Prices

Decorating Ideas you may have never thought of

These 37 Cheat Sheets Are Everything You Need To Decorate Your Home From Buzzfeed 5/13/15   Decor is the mood setter for the home. Having the right setup in your house can help you and company feel more relaxed, alive, and welcomed. In a day and age where your home may be the only sanctuary … Continue reading Decorating Ideas you may have never thought of

How to use your home to fund retirement plans

From CNBC 5/13/15 A family home may house fond memories, but it can be a millstone for retirees, who should consider leveraging home equity to stretch savings. The idea of staying in the family home may be a comforting thought for people heading into retirement, but for many Americans it's probably a bad idea. The … Continue reading How to use your home to fund retirement plans

Why homebuyers face a tough spring

Limited listings and higher prices are making spring a challenging season for homebuyers From AP 5/11/15 In this May 6, 2015 photo, realtor Stephan Marshall, right, walks with potential buyer Sasha Martinez at a home for sale on Perez Drive in Pacifica, Calif. Among the toughest markets for homebuyers are San Jose, San Francisco and … Continue reading Why homebuyers face a tough spring