5 Tips for Protecting against Identity Theft during a Move

RISMEDIA, Thursday, September 18, 2014— Even when a move goes off without a hitch, it can still be one of life’s most stressful events. The last thing you want is to be caught off guard by a case of identity theft just as you’re settling into your new home. Unfortunately, moving can put a bi ...
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Living Smart: Keep Care of Kitchen Appliances on Front Burner

RISMEDIA, Wednesday, September 10, 2014— (MCT)--Next time you use your fridge, dishwasher or stove, be careful that you’re not unknowingly making it vulnerable to an early breakdown. Appliance repair pros who’ve earned top ratings from Angie’s List members offer tips for making sure y ...
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Beware, Mortgage Scammers on the Rise Again

RISMEDIA, Tuesday, August 26, 2014— (MCT)—For years, it was “the Wild West” of real estate scams. As the housing crisis pummeled struggling homeowners, scammers pounced. They offered “easy” loan modifications and “foreclosure counseling” that were often nothing more than attem ...
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Interest Rates Little Changed on New Home Loans

  RISMEDIA, Thursday, September 04, 2014— On August 28, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) reported that, overall, mortgage interest rates were flat in July. To a large extent, the same was true for the subset of loans used to purchase new homes. Between June and July, the avera ...
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Direction of Rates

Mortgage rates continued lower today following the Janet Yellen's confirmation hearing before the Senate Banking Committee.  Yellen is the nominee to replace Bernanke as the Chair of the Federal Reserve, and her stance on monetary policy is tremendously important to bond markets (including mortgage-backed securities, which most directly influence ...
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Seven Things Your Agent Should Know About Your Mortgage Approval

While many experienced real estate agents have a general understanding of the mortgage approval process, there are a few important details that frequently get overlooked which may cause a purchase to be delayed or denied. New regulation, updated disclosures, appraisal guidelines, mortgage rate pric ...
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