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2013 

The S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index (HPI) released Tuesday presented solid evidence that the housing recovery continued during the month of May. The Case-Shiller 20-City Index showed increasing home prices for all 20 cities. Highest Year-Over-Year Gains Included Theses Cities: San Francisco, CA...
07/31/2013
Last week brought a mixed bag of economic news, but most notably, average mortgage rates fell. New home sales surpassed expectations and consumer sentiment rose for July; these readings among others suggest that the economy continued to improve and that consumer confidence in the economy improved...
07/29/2013
According to mortgage experts, it is a good idea to gather up all of the needed documents in advance before launching your house hunt, as this will make the application process a lot easier. The housing burst has resulted in much harder lending standards, which means that it could possible take ...
07/26/2013
According to the National Association of REALTORS®, national sales of existing homes in June came in at 5.08 million. June's reading was reported to be the second highest since November of 2009; this should calm concerns about a lapsing recovery in housing markets. Summer typically produces the ...
07/23/2013
Last week's economic news was a mixed bag with retail sales and housing starts coming in lower than expected, but home builder confidence in housing markets increased. Weekly jobless claims fell, and Fed Chair Ben Bernanke testified before the Senate, saying that falling gold prices were an indic...
07/21/2013
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) / Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) rose in July. Home builder confidence in the market for newly constructed single-family homes rose six points to a reading of 57. NAHB reports that this was the third consecutive rise in the HMI and its high...
07/18/2013
Getting the best mortgage financing for your new home can sometimes be a complicated process and, unfortunately, things can go wrong. Using a licensed and trusted mortgage loan specialist can help alleviate many of these challenges. There are certain mistakes that many homebuyers make when applyi...
07/17/2013
The Fed's release of the minutes for the June FOMC meeting was the most noteworthy economic event last week; the minutes repeated the Fed's recent statement concerning the wind-down of its current monetary easing policy. The minutes indicated that about half of meeting participants wanted to end ...
07/15/2013
FOMC Minutes Suggest QE Tapering by Year-End The minutes for June's meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) suggest that committee members are mostly in agreement that the current quantitative easing program (QE) should begin winding down by year end, but the committee minutes are ver...
07/11/2013
The past week was active for economic news and mortgage rates. The aftermath of the Fed's indication that it may start dialing back its multi-billion dollar monthly purchases of Treasury and mortgage backed securities has sent mortgage rates to record highs. If you're thinking of buying a home, t...
07/01/2013
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