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February 20, 2018

2018 Mortgage Rate Outlook

Mortgage rates are always changing. They go up; they go down. For a 30-year fixed rate mortgage, rates peaked in 1981 at 18.63%, unheard of in today’s era of low-interest rates. Mortgage rates bottomed out in 2012 at 3.31%, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey.

If you’re buying a home, you need to pay close attention to mortgage rates. They have a significant impact on the cost of buying a home. As the rates increase, your monthly payments go up. When rates go down, the cost of a home declines. For 2018, experts are predicting rates will increase.

What influences mortgage rates?

A variety of factors influence mortgages. They can [...]

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February 15, 2018

How Much Will Interest Rates Rise in 2018?

The dawn of a new year brings with it the new chairperson of the Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell. In one of Janet Yellen’s final acts before leaving office in early February, she presided over the Fed’s decision not to raise mortgage interest rates during the first quarter of the year.

Powell is expected to continue the Federal Reserve’s conservative policy of raising rates gradually if the economy remains strong. Should inflation increase, we can expect the Fed to act more aggressively and raise rates faster. During the current economic boom, inflation has been low but may increase as the economy grows.

Other factors besides the Federal Reserve’s [...]

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January 29, 2018

How Will the Google Sidewalk Program Affect the Real Estate Market?

Google Sidewalk is taking over a plot of land on Toronto's waterfront to build a high-tech utopia. What does this mean for the future of the housing market?
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January 29, 2018

How to Weatherproof Your Home for Winter in Less Than an Hour

Weatherproofing your home for winter doesn't have to take a long time. Here's how to weatherize your home in less than an hour, from
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January 26, 2018

It’s Not Too Late! Discover the Most Affordable Snowbird Destinations for 2018

Escaping cold weather is no longer reserved for the retired and super wealthy. Anyone can be a snowbird with this list of affordable winter destinations.
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January 24, 2018

Low Country Real Estate: Why South Carolina Homes Are Trending

South Carolina is one of the most affordable states for homeowners. Find out why home buyers are snatching up property in South Carolina.
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January 22, 2018

Best Buy Cities: Where to Invest in Rental Properties in 2018

If you're looking to invest in a rental property in 2018, where you buy matters. Find out which cities will have the hottest rental markets in the New Year.
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January 15, 2018

5 Reasons We Love Denver, Colorado in January

From the city's ski access to its abundance of hipster restaurants, Denver is an up and coming U.S. travel destination. Our advice? Visit this January.
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January 9, 2018

Cities with the Fastest-Growing Economies

Raise your glasses to these fast-growing cities! According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, these cities had the largest number of employment growth this past year.

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Grand Rapids had a great year and is fast becoming one of the most popular cities in the country. Located on Michigan’s largest waterway, the Grand River, Grand Rapids is fast-growing in more ways than one. This bustling West Michigan city has some booming industries including manufacturing, information technology, life sciences, food processing, and aerospace and defense according to The Right Place. This metropolitan region had a 4.4% increase in employment. Orlando, [...]

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January 8, 2018

Atlanta, Georgia Has One of the Nation’s Best Rental Income Prospects: Here’s Why

Ranked as the best city for new grads, Atlanta is garnering attention for its strong rental income prospects. How strong are they? Find out.
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January 8, 2018

How to Protect Yourself From Winter Claims Against Your Homeowner’s Insurance

Winter can be tough on homeowner's insurance policies. Learn how to protect yourself from common winter claims with these tips from
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January 1, 2018

La Villa, Brooklyn, or San Marco? Where to Live in Jacksonville, FL

La Villa, Brooklyn, San Marco, oh my! As a major metropolitan, Jacksonville FL has no shortage of neighborhoods for newcomers. Here are our favorites.

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