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Looking for fresh, creative ways to make a home sell fast?

            According to Realtor.com, a plastic box stuffed with brochures at the curb, a Sunday afternoon open house, and chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven. If your marketing plan to sell your house feels a little “been there, done that,” you might need to step up your game. To help […]

Why Mortgage Rates Dropped After the Fed Rate Hike

        This month, the Federal Reserve System hiked rates for the first time in nine years. In the days since the Fed move, mortgage rates actually dropped. How is this possible? And will this trend hold as home-buyers make plans for 2016? Immediate mortgage rate reaction to Fed meeting Most U.S. mortgage loans […]

Big Expectations for Housing in 2016

                  Gains in new-home construction and existing home sales are both expected to push total home sales to the highest levels in years. The new-home construction market is expected to see the most gains in 2016, with realtor.com® forecasting a 12 percent year-over-year increase in housing starts […]

Why the Fed move doesn’t matter to mortgage rates

The Federal Reserve did it — raised the target federal funds rate a quarter point, its first boost in nearly a decade. That does not, however, mean that the average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage will be a quarter point higher when we all wake up on Thursday. That’s not how mortgage rates work. […]

Financial Housekeeping

While spring is often the time that most people look for houses with the intent to buy, fall and winter are the best time to plan a purchase and determine if you are financially fit to be a homeowner. With interest rates remaining low, home prices in Canada have been rising consistently since 2009. As […]

Trend Alert: New Home Photos

              According to the Huffington Post a trend in first home photos is possibly emerging. At first glance, the photos you’re about to see look like an average engagement shoot. But look a little closer and you’ll see that they actually speak to a different kind of love: the bond between […]

5 Surprising Facts About Green Real Estate

In the multiple green real estate sessions at the 2015 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Diego, most presenters and panelists agreed on the trends and techniques that will help home owners create healthier, more efficient living spaces. Here are a few points about this growing niche that you might not already know. It’s a Powerful Tool […]

Equity Matters A LOT… Just Ask Freddie Mac

There are many reasons, both financial and non-financial, that homeownership remains an important part of the American Dream. One of the biggest reasons is the fact that it helps build family wealth. Recently Freddie Mac explained: “In the simplest terms, equity is the difference between how much your home is worth and how much you owe on […]

FHFA announces 2016 conforming loan limits

                The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced the maximum conforming loan limits for mortgages to be acquired by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2016. Despite some earlier predictions that the loan limits would rise for 2016, the FHFA said that the conforming loan limits will remain unchanged for much of the country. For […]