Our Weekly Mortgage Market Commentary

This week is very light with only two pieces of monthly or quarterly economic data that are relevant to mortgage rates and they both come Monday morning. None of this week's data is considered to be highly important, meaning that we may see a relatively calm week for mortgage rates if comparing to last week. Revised 1st Quarter Productivity and Costs data will be posted early Monday morning. This data measures employee output and employer costs for wages and benefits. It is considered to be moderately important because it helps us measure wage inflation. Many analysts believe that the economy ...

June 5th, 2017 Our Weekly Mortgage Market Commentary

Inspect Yourself - Prepping Your Home for Inspection

You wouldn't go on a first date or an important job interview with a stained shirt, un-coiffed hair and not having brushed your teeth. The same rules apply when you are selling your house, especially when it comes to the inspection. The buyer's inspector is getting paid to ensure that your house has no defects and to find them if they exist. While there will always be something he or she finds that you didn't expect or know about, you can be one step ahead of the game - and avoid the "big surprises" - by performing your own pre-sale preparations for the inspector's knock at your door. Cut the...

June 5th, 2017 Inspect Yourself - Prepping Your Home for Inspection

Should You Stay or Should You Go?

Should I stay or should I go. It's not just a line to a classic song from The Clash. It’s also an age-old question of homeowners everywhere. When your home’s not so perfect, you get the wandering real estate eye. But can another house really compare to what you’ve got going on? It’s a conundrum. So much so that it’s even spawned the popular show on HGTV called Love It or List It, where owners of a problem pad fight over whether to remain in their home (with the help of a sizable budget and a skilled renovation team) or move to something else. “Families evolv...

June 5th, 2017 Should You Stay or Should You Go?

5 Curb Appeal Hints to Captivate Buyers

Sellers think once their home or condominium is listed online -- perhaps with its own website -- there’s little left to do but wait for offers to pour in. Not true. Curb appeal is king. The work of drawing prospective buyers out of their cars and through the front door has just begun. Most buyers want to get inside a property before they’ll make an offer, but if they don’t like the home’s exterior, they won’t easily be enticed inside. Properties that look great online -- descriptions, dimensions, and video -- still have to deliver curbside to be sold. With condomi...

June 1st, 2017 5 Curb Appeal Hints to Captivate Buyers

Our Weekly Mortgage Market Commentary

This holiday-shortened week brings us the release of seven relevant economic reports for the markets to digest. A couple of these reports are considered to be key data, so we may see plenty of movement in the markets and mortgage rates as a result. The financial and mortgage markets will be closed Monday in observance of the Memorial Day holiday and will reopen for regular trading Tuesday morning. Accordingly, we will not be updating this report Monday. April’s Personal Income and Outlays data is the first release of the week at 8:30 AM ET Tuesday. This Commerce Department report gives u...

May 29th, 2017 Our Weekly Mortgage Market Commentary

Home Improvements That Really Increase Your ROI

Now, most of us know that there’re plenty of things we can do in a home to bring an improvement, as far as our preferences go. But how many of these improvements actually bring in a return on investment (ROI) if or when an actual selling time approaches? As our likes may not be the likes of others, improving according to our preferences doesn’t necessarily give us more bang for our bucks, as some commonly say. That said, our article below centers on what are some of the areas of improvement that stand a better chance of a high ROI once they get done. Let’s start with the two ...

May 25th, 2017 Home Improvements That Really Increase Your ROI

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