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Six Creative Lighting Installations That Will Enhance Your Home

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CU Mortgage - 04/18/14 - 2 days ago

When people purchase their home, one of their common requests is “plenty of light.” And for good reason! This is a critical factor for enjoying your home, and when designing your interior, you should pay special attention to just that: your sources of light. See them not only as a way...

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How You Can Get The Full Selling Price You Want For Your Home

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CU Mortgage - 04/17/14 - 3 days ago

When it comes to selling your home and getting the full selling price you want, there are certain tactics and methods you can employ to ensure that this wish becomes a reality. Avoiding the commonly made mistakes that end up lowering the value of your home and discouraging people from viewing it is ...

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Just How Sustainable Is The Micro Housing Trend?

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CU Mortgage - 04/16/14 - 4 days ago

Something that the Europeans have been doing for decades has finally made its way over the Atlantic Ocean to North America: the trend is called micro housing, and it’s turned into an entirely new way of living. With micro housing, we’re beginning to do away with oversize condos and even ...

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Mortgage rates headed towards 2014 lows?

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HSH Associates Financial News Blog - 04/14/14 - 6 days ago

By all rights mortgage rates should be rising by now, wrote Keith Gumbinger, vice president of HSH.com, in the latest Market Trends newsletter, but thanks to an inconsistent economy here at home and a rocky situation in many countries abroad, mortgage rates continue to find more room to...

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – April 14, 2014

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CU Mortgage - 04/14/14 - 6 days ago

While little housing-related news was released, last week’s economic news showed signs of a brighter economic picture. Labor statistics were stronger, with job openings up and new jobless claims filed lower than expected. Mortgage rates fell, and the University of Michigan’s Consumer...

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Green Living: Water Saving Tips For Spring

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CU Mortgage - 04/11/14 - 9 days ago

Water is the planet’s most precious resource. Access to clean water is a privilege that, unfortunately, many people still take for granted. By utilizing new water efficiency technologies and age-old conservation methods, we can help preserve the water supply for future generations. Cutting...

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The Happenings In A Reverse Mortgage

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CU Mortgage - 04/10/14 - 10 days ago

When you’re looking for ways to supplement your retirement income, there are a number of different options to consider. A reverse mortgage is becoming a more popular and more common way to provide income when your retirement savings don’t leave enough to live on. But with all the...

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Economy is primary concern for pessimistic homebuyers

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HSH Associates Financial News Blog - 04/09/14 - 11 days ago

The U.S. housing recovery “continues to proceed in fits and starts.” That’s according to Doug Duncan, chief economist of Fannie Mae in Washington, D.C. “Rising mortgage rates and a lack of supply have dampened housing market momentum,” Duncan said in a statement....

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Four Places To Look For Tax Deductions In Your Home

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CU Mortgage - 04/08/14 - 12 days ago

Paying your income taxes each year leave your wallet a bit thin? There may be money hiding in your home that lessens your tax burden. Here are four places to look: 1. Home-Office Deduction If you work from home, you could qualify for a home-office deduction. Taking the deduction can be a bit...

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Jobs help to firm mortgage rates

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HSH Associates Financial News Blog - 04/07/14 - 13 days ago

The long, cold winter that persisted in much of the U.S. seems to get the majority of the blame for the economys slow start to 2014. The freshest economic indicators suggest that we are starting to move away from any weather-related holdback in growth, but it looks as though it will be more of a...

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – April 7, 2014

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CU Mortgage - 04/07/14 - 13 days ago

Last week’s economic news included readings on February construction spending and multiple reports on employment data. Private sector employment was higher in March, but The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that Non-Farm Payrolls for March fell short of expectations. According to Freddie...

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Millenials Have Great Homebuying Tools Available To Them

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CU Mortgage - 04/03/14 - 17 days ago

The economy seems to be finally turning, and home loan interest rates are still historically low. Real estate values are starting to climb as well, all of which makes for a growing opportunity for new homeowners to get into the market before it gets too expensive again. Millennials Don’t Seem ...

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The top new-home amenities

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HSH Associates Financial News Blog - 04/02/14 - 18 days ago

It comes down to: A walk-in closet in the master bedroom Low-e windows A laundry room A great room Those four amenities topped the list when a national trade group recently asked home builders to name the most popular features in new homes built this year. The survey, conducted by the National...

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Important Legal Tips For Homeonwners

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CU Mortgage - 04/01/14 - 19 days ago

Being a homeowner is exciting. It can be financially rewarding, too. Unfortunately, it can also put you in a tough legal position. Between the complexities of owning a house, having to deal with lenders and the risk that comes from owning something valuable, keeping yourself legally protected is a...

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – March 31, 2014

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CU Mortgage - 03/31/14 - 20 days ago

Last week’s economic news includes several reports about housing markets. The S&P Case-Shiller 10 and 20 city housing market indices, the FHFA House Price Index, New Home Sales and Pending Home sales reports suggest that the national housing market continues to grow, but at lower...

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S & P Case-Shiller Shows Home Prices Down For Third Consecutive Month

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CU Mortgage - 03/27/14 - 24 days ago

Harsh winter weather conditions contributed to home prices falling in January. The S&P Case-Shiller 20-City composite index reported that home prices dropped by 0.10 percent in January, but after seasonal adjustments, home prices increased by 0.80 percent in January as compared to December. 12 of...

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CU Mortgage - 03/27/14 - 24 days ago

Harsh winter weather conditions contributed to home prices falling in January. The S&P Case-Shiller 20-City composite index reported that home prices dropped by 0.10 percent in January, but after seasonal adjustments, home prices increased by 0.80 percent in January as compared to December. 12 of...

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Civil rights groups oppose Fannie, Freddie reform plan

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HSH Associates Financial News Blog - 03/26/14 - 25 days ago

A coalition of civil rights and other advocacy groups has taken a stand against proposed federal legislation that would revamp the U.S. housing finance system, specifically, winding down government-controlled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In a joint statement, the groups said they have “serious ...

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BUSTED: 4 Myths About Buying Your Home That Just Aren’t True

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CU Mortgage - 03/26/14 - 25 days ago

It can be pretty intimidating to dip your toes into the realm of home ownership, especially if you’re a first-time homebuyer. To make things worse, there are a number of myths floating around out there surrounding the home buying process. Such misconceptions have many kept many would-be...

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FOMC Statement Shows “Moderate” Economic Growth

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CU Mortgage - 03/25/14 - 26 days ago

The Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee met last week and Janet Yellen held her first press conference as Fed chair. According to the FOMC statement released after the meeting, the Fed cited severe winter weather conditions as a reason for slow economic growth in recent...

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Fed prompts rise in mortgage rates

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HSH Associates Financial News Blog - 03/24/14 - 27 days ago

The volatility in the mortgage market has come from several areas: Inconsistencies in the U.S. economy Foreign issues, both social and financial, in China, Russia and Crimea The Federal Reserve While the last one might surprise you some (remember it was the Federal Reserve that originally sent...

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It’s Almost Spring Cleaning Time! Kick Clutter to the Curb With...

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CU Mortgage - 03/21/14 - 30 days ago

Spring is around the corner, and it’s time to get your home in order! Spring cleaning can be fun and easy if you follow some general guidelines, which are sure to get your home ready for the nice weather and looking as beautiful as the weather is about to. Kick the winter clutter to the curb...

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4 Important Questions To Ask Before Refinancing Your Mortgage

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CU Mortgage - 03/19/14 - 32 days ago

So you are thinking of refinancing? Well you are in luck because I have 4 quick and important questions you should ask yourself before doing so. 1) Do I Have Enough Equity To Get A Mortgage? To get a conventional loan, you will usually need to have at least 20 percent equity. This means that your...

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Understanding Why You Don’t Need To Pay Off Your Mortgage Early

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CU Mortgage - 03/18/14 - 33 days ago

For those of us who have a mortgage, we know very well how stressful it can sometimes be to make the monthly payment on time. And then for some of us, late payments are inevitable. In fact, in 2013, from October to December, a whopping 3.85 percent of homeowners were behind on their mortgage...

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Lower mortgage rates: A blessing of sorts

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HSH Associates Financial News Blog - 03/17/14 - 34 days ago

Last Monday, we put out a forecast for a weekly rise in mortgage rates of about 8 to 10 basis points. Luckily for rate shoppers, last weeks increase only topped half of that. Mortgage rates were trending higher following the employment report on March 7 and into the beginning of the week of March...

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – March 17th, 2014

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CU Mortgage - 03/17/14 - 34 days ago

Last week’s economic reports provided rays of light as compared to the recent slump in positive economic news. Unusually severe winter weather conditions affected housing-related indicators as home builders and home buyers stayed on the sidelines. With spring on the horizon, last week’s ...

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Make Your Home Green This St. Patrick’s Day

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CU Mortgage - 03/14/14 - 37 days ago

You’re ready to make some changes to your home, but you want to be smart with your money and see a positive return on your investment. While most homeowners don’t see that return until they sell their home, you can start seeing the benefits now through conserving energy by making your...

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Legal Secrets For Homeowners

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CU Mortgage - 03/13/14 - 38 days ago

Being a homeowner is exciting. It can be financially rewarding, too. Unfortunately, it can also put you in a tough legal position. Between the complexities of owning a house, having to deal with lenders and the risk that comes from owning something valuable, keeping yourself legally protected is a...

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Getting a mortgage more difficult for some

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HSH Associates Financial News Blog - 03/12/14 - 39 days ago

Consumers have a positive outlook toward housing and the U.S. economy — for the most part. That’s according to the latest monthly National Housing Survey by Fannie Mae. Consumers’ outlook has “fluctuated somewhat during the past few months, but the trend for most indicators ...

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What Financial Preparations Should I Make Before Applying For A Mortgage?

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CU Mortgage - 03/12/14 - 39 days ago

Getting a mortgage isn’t an easy thing to do. Before a lender will put down tens of hundreds of thousands of dollars, it wants to know that the borrower can handle the loan so that it will get paid back. to this end, there are three things that a potential homebuyer can do to prepare for the...

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