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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 Easy Curb Appeal Tips 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 Easy Curb Appeal Tips to Captivate Buyers

The Weekly Mortgage 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 The Weekly Mortgage 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

The Weekly Mortgage Commentary

This week brings us the release of five pieces of economic data that may impact mortgage rates in addition to two Treasury auctions and the minutes from the latest FOMC meeting. None of the events are considered key or expected to be a market mover, but most of the reports carry enough importance to affect mortgage pricing if they show a decent sized variance from forecasts. There is nothing set for release Monday, leaving the stock markets to be most likely force behind a noticeable move in rates Monday. The first release of the week will be April’s New Home Sales report at 10:00 AM ET ...

May 22nd, 2017 The Weekly Mortgage Commentary

You've Got A Little List - A Creative Approach to Creating Buyer Self-awareness

You can often move a 3,000 square foot home into the divide between what a buyer says they want (especially when they emphatically tell you that they know exactly what they want) and what they really want. That gap grows wider once they start visiting prospective houses and seeing things they hadn't thought of, didn't know existed or didn't realize they could or couldn't live without. Most buyers have a general idea of their necessary house features, neighborhood qualities, community amenities, etc. Maybe. But why risk ever-shifting priorities and desires - and prolonging the house hunt for yo...

May 22nd, 2017 You've Got A Little List - A Creative Approach to Creating Buyer Self-awareness

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