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NAHB Housing Market Index Unchanged in September

Home builder confidence in housing market conditions stayed flat in September. The National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index reported an index reading of 67, which matched expectations and NAHB's housing market reading for August. Analysts cited recent tariffs on building materials as a significant cause of easing builder confidence. While NAHB called September's reading "solid" at 67, the reading was one full point lower than the average reading for 2017 and equaled the lowest builder confidence reading in 2018 to date. Readings over 50 in the Housing Market Index indicate that more builders than fewer are confident in…
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3 Things to Know About Winterizing Your Home

Temperate fall weather means it's time to put summer vacations behind you and start planning for winter weather. Switching coveted leisure time to home chores can be a difficult challenge. More than a few homeowners want to keep kicking back on weekends. But autumn winds mean all hands on deck. Homeowners who procrastinate could find their properties vulnerable to seasonal changes. These are some things to keep in mind about winterizing your home. Fill The Cost Gaps Arguably the single biggest waste of money is allowing heating and cooling loss. The small gaps where doors, windows and other material meet…
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It’s Pumpkin Spice Season: Plan A Neighborhood Potluck

Fall is the time to get back into a comfortable routine, but it's also a great time to incorporate social events into weekend work parties, and gather friends to offer neighbors a helping hand -- or just moral support -- to spruce up their property. While building a new sense of community may be a side effect, it can't be denied that giving homes in need of minor repairs a little TLC is good for the dollar value of the neighborhood as well as for the soul. REALTORS agree that the overall appeal of a neighborhood adds value to individual…
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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – September 17th, 2018

Last week's economic news included readings on consumer credit, inflation and consumer sentiment. Weekly readings on mortgage rates and first-time jobless claims were also released. Fed Reports Consumer Credit Jumps in July The Federal Reserve reported that consumer credit rose from $9 billion in June to $17 billion in July. Analysts said a majority of consumer credit was issued for education loans and auto loans. June's reading was revised downward to $8.50 billion from the original reading of $10.2 billion. Credit card debt increased by 1.50 percent in July after declining by – 1.40 percent in June. Non-revolving consumer debt…
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5 Reasons To Sell Your Home This Fall

Though the real estate business never stops, most people associate its busy periods of the year with the spring and summer seasons. And while this is true to a large extent, those who think that selling a home in the fall is a bad decision are sorely mistaken. Just as families want to get into new homes before the school year starts, which makes spring and summer busy seasons, there's also an urgency to get into new homes prior to the holiday season. It's one of the reasons why you shouldn't hesitate to list your home in the fall season.…
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