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NAHB: Home Builder Confidence Ticks Up in April

The national reading for home builder confidence rose one point to an index reading of 83 in April; the National Association of Home Builders predicted a reading of 84. Component readings for April’s national index readings were mixed.  Builder confidence in current market conditions for single-family homes rose one point to 88. Builder confidence in market conditions for single-family homes in the next six months fell two points to 81 but homebuilder confidence in buyer traffic in new home developments rose two points to an index reading of 75. Readings over 50 indicate a majority of builders are positive about…
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Buying a Home While Relocating is a Smarter Choice

The idea of buying a home is challenging enough as the process requires a lengthy approval validation, paperwork, financing, and the actual move with logistics. However, when one really looks at what typically occurs with relocation, buying versus renting can start to make more sense over time. Finances Have to be In Order Buying a home more than once every ten years requires a good amount of discipline on one’s personal finances. Most of the initial decisions and approvals will depend heavily on keeping one’s debt versus income ratios in line and viable. That also means saving up a lot…
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Approved With Conditions: What Does It Mean?

Applying for a home loan might not be the most exciting part of purchasing a home; however, many homeowners need to go through a lender to purchase a home. It is exciting to hear that the approval letter has gone through; however, it is also possible for someone to see that they have been approved with conditions. What does this mean? What are some of the most common reasons why someone might have conditions? It Could Just Be Standard Procedure Sometimes, people see that they have conditions to meet as a simple part of the approval process. For example, someone…
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Why A Carpet Change Can Boosts Your Home Sales Price

When selling a home, it is rare for folks to see in bold big letters, "new carpet just installed". However, on a practical level, replacing the carpet in a home just before selling can go a long way to helping the deal close. A Brutally-Beaten Leftover In just about every used home, the carpet has taken a beating. Even if the home has only been owned for a few years, carpets have taken a tremendous amount of traffic, walked-in dirt, funky smells, and dust that build up over time. That not only changes the color of the existing carpet, it also…
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An Overview of Amortization: It Plays A Role In Monthly Mortgage Payments

Even though this may sound like a fancy word, amortization is simply a long word for a straightforward topic. Furthermore, it plays a significant role in the determination of monthly mortgage payments. Before taking out a home loan, homeowners need to understand how their payment schedule works and what this means for the future of the home loan. Amortization refers to the way monthly payments are calculated to make sure that homeowners pay the same amount every month throughout the life of the loan. Even if homeowners do not stay in the house for the life of the loan, amortization…
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