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Demand for homes is pushing prices higher, while the inventory of homes on the market lags behind.
09/30/2016
The Housing Market Paradox

Demand for homes is pushing prices higher, while the inventory of homes on the market lags behind.

Mortgage rates are low, but so is homeownership.

America does not have the domestic capacity to meet its demand for lumber, but a new agreement with Chile might open a c...
09/28/2016
Chile to Provide New Source of Cheaper Lumber to U.S. Home Builders

America does not have the domestic capacity to meet its demand for lumber, but a new agreement with Chile might open a cheaper lumber source to ease U.S. demand for wood products.

U.S. home builders just completed four days of talks with Chilean government, trade and industry officials that are geared toward increasing exports of softwood lumber and other wood products to America.

The percentage of conventional loans among millenials increased in July to 62 percent. Their average FICO score increase...
09/27/2016
Ellie Mae: Millennials moving toward conventional loans

The percentage of conventional loans among millenials increased in July to 62 percent. Their average FICO score increased to 725.

Millennials still rely heavily on FHA loans compared to the rest of the market, but FHA loans are slowly decreasing, and conventional loans are taking their place. This is driving up the average FICO scores of Millennial buyers.

Housing is all about location. Some housing areas in America have gained more value than others. How is your neighborhoo...
09/23/2016
America’s great housing divide: Are you a winner or loser?

Housing is all about location. Some housing areas in America have gained more value than others. How is your neighborhood faring?

The U.S. housing market has recovered from the crisis that plunged the country into recession. But a new analysis by The Washington Post shows that the recovery has been deeply uneven.

If you're worried about systems failing in your new home, there's a product that can eliminate much of your risk:
09/22/2016
Morgan Title and Insurance » Are home warranties worth it?

If you're worried about systems failing in your new home, there's a product that can eliminate much of your risk:

For most people, a home is the most expensive purchase of their lives. That’s why buyers often employ home inspectors and look for ways to make contracts contingent upon the property’s systems and structures being sound.

Making sure your kitchen is in top shape and your home is available for showings are among the top 10 essentials for sel...
09/21/2016
10 Best-Kept Secrets for Selling Your Home

Making sure your kitchen is in top shape and your home is available for showings are among the top 10 essentials for selling a home.

Tricks of the trade to help you get top dollar when selling your home.

Two-thirds of the cost of building a new home are the shell, and inside finishes like flooring, cabinets and countertops...
09/19/2016
How Much Does It Cost to Build a House: Can You Guess?

Two-thirds of the cost of building a new home are the shell, and inside finishes like flooring, cabinets and countertops.

How much does it cost to build a house? We break down the major homebuilding expenses, as well as several common add-ons.

Having trouble coming up with a down payment? Here are three sources of funds you may not have considered:
09/09/2016
Morgan Title and Insurance » 3 alternative ways to fund your down payment

Having trouble coming up with a down payment? Here are three sources of funds you may not have considered:

You have an excellent credit score and a good job but not enough in the bank for a down payment. Sure, you can ask your parents for money or start saving money. But if you’d rather purchase property now, while interest rates are still very low, here are other options.

Sold your home? Now it's time to move. Here's the right way to do it.
09/05/2016
6 Expert Tips for Loading a Moving Truck Like a Pro

Sold your home? Now it's time to move. Here's the right way to do it.

Moving yourself is an ambitious task, but we can help you get everything there in one piece with our trusty six-step guide for loading a moving truck.

Groundbreaking for single-family homes rose a half-percent to 770,000 units in July, the highest level since February.
09/03/2016
July housing starts jump to a 5-month high

Groundbreaking for single-family homes rose a half-percent to 770,000 units in July, the highest level since February.

Housing starts unexpectedly rose in July as building activity increased, supporting the view that investment in residential construction will rebound.

If you have a bad credit score you could pay as much as one percentage point more in interest on a mortgage loan, amount...
08/31/2016
Bad credit scores can lead to a lifetime of financial headaches

If you have a bad credit score you could pay as much as one percentage point more in interest on a mortgage loan, amounting to tens of thousands of dollars over the life of a loan.

Most Americans know that a good credit score is essential to the health of their personal finances. But many may not realize that a bad score ...

Minneapolis-St. Paul has the highest average credit score of the top 25 largest U.S. metro areas.
08/29/2016
What your paycheck means for your credit score

Minneapolis-St. Paul has the highest average credit score of the top 25 largest U.S. metro areas.

A bigger factor is how you use the credit you have available, a new study shows.

If you have experienced a foreclosure, there is a seven-year waiting period before you can get a new mortgage when Fanni...
08/26/2016
Getting a new mortgage after a foreclosure

If you have experienced a foreclosure, there is a seven-year waiting period before you can get a new mortgage when Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac back the loan. However, there are exceptions.

Money Talk column: How long is the wait to get a new mortgage after a foreclosure?

The median size of a single-family home is now more than 2,400 square feet and most people still want to own their own h...
08/24/2016
8 U.S. housing trends: large houses, small apartments, millennials moving out, and more

The median size of a single-family home is now more than 2,400 square feet and most people still want to own their own home, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans still want to own homes -- if they can afford to. That's the finding of a report being released Wednesday by the Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies.

What you need to know about helping your senior parent with a big move.
08/22/2016
5 Helpful Tips for Moving Your Senior Parent

What you need to know about helping your senior parent with a big move.

Bellhops shares five tips to give you and your senior parent peace of mind before, during and after your move.

Whether it be minding your budget or creating a checklist, when you are moving to a new state there are a number of thin...
08/19/2016
4 Tips to Consider When Moving to a New State

Whether it be minding your budget or creating a checklist, when you are moving to a new state there are a number of things to consider.

Relocating to a new state offers the opportunity to start fresh and experience a life you may not have otherwise planned. But, like anything new, moving can present its own unique challenges, from organizing what to bring and discard, to deciding where to enroll the kids in school, to ensuring every

Cash offers are generally better than having to rely on financing in a hot housing market, but if you want your money ba...
08/17/2016
Buy It With Cash, Mortgage It Later

Cash offers are generally better than having to rely on financing in a hot housing market, but if you want your money back there are loan programs for home owners with no mortgages to get cash out of their properties.

Some who can swing it pay cash for a home upfront, then take out a loan afterward.

Rents have risen 3.5 percent over the past year, causing more investors to buy homes and become landlords. Should you be...
08/15/2016
As rents keep rising, more investors turn landlords

Rents have risen 3.5 percent over the past year, causing more investors to buy homes and become landlords. Should you be one?

Supply of rental units is down, demand is up and rents are rising. So more folks are thinking about becoming a landlord. Should you join them? A look at what to consider.

08/12/2016
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Homes with water views typically command a high price, but here are some that might be within your budget.

As summer is the busiest moving season of the year, we thought now would be a good time to share some tips. Here's how t...
08/11/2016
Morgan Title and Insurance » Tips for a stress-free move

As summer is the busiest moving season of the year, we thought now would be a good time to share some tips. Here's how to keep your summer move stress-free.

When faced with the task of packing up your entire life into a pile of cardboard moving boxes, it isn’t hard to get overwhelmed with the process. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be the case. We’ve got the skinny on how you can keep your life, your possessions, and your move peaceful and organized.

Americans are giving up leisure time for more work in order to make their mortgage payments. In addition, many have stop...
08/11/2016
Here’s the No.1 thing Americans sacrifice to pay for their home

Americans are giving up leisure time for more work in order to make their mortgage payments. In addition, many have stopped saving for retirement.

Americans are making sacrifices to ensure they are able to stay in their homes despite whatever may change in their lives. And whether it’s a mortgage or rent, paying for their home is a top priority when it comes to bills, creating a domino effect in other areas of their lives.

Landscaping can add color, texture and even fragrance to your home. Check out these many ideas to get you started.
08/08/2016
Landscape Ideas, Designs, Remodels & Photos

Landscaping can add color, texture and even fragrance to your home. Check out these many ideas to get you started.

Browse landscapes and gardens. Discover new landscape designs and ideas to boost your home’s curb appeal.

When you’re making a move to a newly purchased home, don’t make it harder than it has to be.
08/08/2016
Morgan Title and Insurance » Moving mistakes to avoid

When you’re making a move to a newly purchased home, don’t make it harder than it has to be.

In the rush and excitement of buying a new home, dealing with the financing, going to the closing table, and celebrating the achievement, many forget to adequately plan the actual physical move of their families and belongings.

Smart security systems are becoming more popular these days. Some even learn about your habits based on power usage. Sca...
08/07/2016
New home security system learns your lighting patterns

Smart security systems are becoming more popular these days. Some even learn about your habits based on power usage. Scary, exciting or a bit of both?

TOWN SQUARE | BeON is designed to illuminate your residence while you're away.

Are you making these refinancing mistakes?
08/05/2016
The 5 Biggest Refinance Mistakes

Are you making these refinancing mistakes?

Are you refinancing a home loan? Here are 5 mistakes to avoid to ensure you qualify and your loan goes through. Get refinance tips at HouseLogic.

First-time home buyers drive the housing market, but debt and increased down-payment requirements drive many away, to th...
08/03/2016
How to Open the Market to First-Time Buyers

First-time home buyers drive the housing market, but debt and increased down-payment requirements drive many away, to the market's detriment. Here's how to get them back in the game.

FHA and PMI solutions could increase homeownership and stimulate the housing market

There are many resources available to find out about a neighborhood. Save yourself the hassle of knocking on the doors o...
08/02/2016
10 Ways to Find Out About a Neighborhood

There are many resources available to find out about a neighborhood. Save yourself the hassle of knocking on the doors of your potential neighbors.

Here are some easy ways to get a feel for what living in a neighborhood is really like, even from afar.

When three-time heavyweight champion of the world and Olympic gold medalist Muhammad Ali passed away in June, he left be...
07/31/2016
Muhammad Ali's Former New Jersey Home for Sale

When three-time heavyweight champion of the world and Olympic gold medalist Muhammad Ali passed away in June, he left behind an indelible legacy — both in and out of the ring. In the wake of his passing, fans of the boxing icon can now take a look inside the former home of "The Greatest," and learn a little more about his other real estate match-ups through the years.

Muhammad Ali's former home in Cherry Hill, NJ, where he lived in the early 1970s, is expected to soon hit the market again for rent or sale.

Getting ready for the big move? Don't forget to prep your pet!
07/29/2016
Pet Tips: Moving? Prep your dog, too

Getting ready for the big move? Don't forget to prep your pet!

This week, Dr. Scott Shaw offers some advice for making sure your pet does well during a move (or a long trip).

June's strong jobs report would typically send mortgage interest rates higher. Yet, that didn't happen, indicating mortg...
07/27/2016
Mortgage Rates Surprisingly Steady Despite Jobs Data

June's strong jobs report would typically send mortgage interest rates higher. Yet, that didn't happen, indicating mortgage rates will likely remain low for the foreseeable future.

Mortgage rates held surprisingly steady despite a strong employment headline. The big jobs report came out today, and it showed payroll creation at 265k versus forecasts calling for only 170k jobs. This is a substantial "beat," and the sort of thing that would...

Your mortgage payment is made up of more than just the amount you owe. Here's what else you're paying for every month:
07/25/2016
Morgan Title and Insurance » The four things that make up your mortgage payment

Your mortgage payment is made up of more than just the amount you owe. Here's what else you're paying for every month:

There’s more to your monthly mortgage payment than the amount you borrowed from the bank. When you’re calculating how much house you can afford, be sure to consider all the pieces that typically make up your monthly payment.

Home buyers who use down payment assistance programs are saving big money over the life the loan, according to a new rep...
07/24/2016
RealtyTrac: Down payment assistance saving homebuyers thousands

Home buyers who use down payment assistance programs are saving big money over the life the loan, according to a new report.

Down payment programs are saving buyers thousands throughout the life of the loan. On the other hand, the lack of inventory could be hindering potential buyers from using these programs.

Reverse mortgages are becoming more popular for retirees and allow them to defer Social Security payments until maximum ...
07/22/2016
Here Are The 2 Smartest Ways To Use A Reverse Mortgage

Reverse mortgages are becoming more popular for retirees and allow them to defer Social Security payments until maximum payout levels are reached.

What are the smartest ways to use a reverse mortgage if you ...

These home entrances are luxurious and breathtaking. And they may not be as out of reach as you think. It might be time ...
07/19/2016
45 Custom Luxury Foyer Interior Designs

These home entrances are luxurious and breathtaking. And they may not be as out of reach as you think. It might be time to look into jumbo loans.

Want to offer a grand entrance to your home? Check out these 54 luxury foyer interior designs that are nothing short of stunning.

Selling your home? These eight timeless trends for showcasing your home's interior may be just what you need to catch a ...
07/15/2016
Dressed to Sell

Selling your home? These eight timeless trends for showcasing your home's interior may be just what you need to catch a buyer's eye.

8 staging trends to make your listings pop

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