Case-Shiller – Home Price Growth Slows in September

According to the Case-Shiller National Home Price Index, annual home price growth slipped to a seasonally-adjusted rate of 4.80 percent in September. This was 0.30 percent lower than August’s year-over-year reading of 5.10 percent. Cities posting the highest year-over-year gains in home prices were Miami, Florida 10.30 percent, Las Vegas, NV with a gain of.. read more →

USDA Mortgages – Take Advantage of These Unique Loans to Buy a New Home

Are you thinking about buying a home in a rural or suburban area? If so, you’ll want to take a look at the United States Department of Agriculture’s mortgage programs as you may qualify for them. In today’s blog post we’ll introduce the USDA Rural Development Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program, explain the benefits.. read more →

3 Tips to Help Ensure Your Mortgage Pre-Approval Isn’t Declined

If you’re thinking about buying a new home and using a mortgage to help cover some of the purchase costs, it’s a good idea to get an initial pre-approval from your lender before putting in an offer. In today’s blog post we’ll share three quick tips that can help to ensure that your mortgage pre-approval.. read more →

What You Need to Know About Your Down Payment on a New Home

Whether you’re just starting to shop for a new home or you’ve found the perfect house and are crafting your offer, if you’re taking out a mortgage to help cover your real estate purchase you’ve likely given some thought to your down payment. In today’s blog post we’ll explore the topic of down payments and.. read more →

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – November 24, 2014

Last week’s scheduled economic news included the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, Housing Starts and Existing Home Sales. FOMC meeting minutes were released along with weekly Freddie Mac mortgage rates and weekly jobless claims. In addition, the National Association of Realtors® suggested that FHA should lower its mutual mortgage insurance premiums (MMI) as its fund.. read more →

How to Determine Your Monthly Payments, Interest and More

Are you thinking about using a mortgage to buy a new home? Buying your own piece of local real estate is a major financial investment and one that can require some pretty complex math to fully understand. In this blog post we’ll discuss mortgage calculators and how to use one of these tools to determine.. read more →

Save Money on Your Home Energy Costs in Just Three Easy Steps

It doesn’t matter if you heat your home with electricity, natural gas or some other energy source; prices continue to rise and that means increased heating costs for most of us. In today’s blog post we’ll share three easy ways that you can save money on your home energy costs this winter. Install and Use.. read more →

Understanding the Various Types of Refinancing

Whether you’ve been thinking about ways that you can draw on your home equity to fund a renovation project or you want to take advantage of low interest rates before they rise again, refinancing your mortgage is an excellent option. In today’s blog post we’ll introduce mortgage refinancing and discuss a few of the ways.. read more →

A Quick Guide to Renting Out Your Second Home to Generate Income

Are you thinking about buying a second home to spend some time in when you’re on vacation? Whether you’re picking up a small house near the beach or you’re looking at a ski-in/ski-out condo at your favorite ski resort, if you’re only going to be in the home for short periods each year you may.. read more →

Tips for Finding a Family-friendly Community to Buy Your New Home In The City

If you’re moving to a new city with children, one of your likely considerations is finding a family-friendly community where you can settle in and call home. In this post we’ll share a handful of tips that you may find helpful if you’re searching for a family-friendly neighborhood in a new city. Check Out The.. read more →