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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – December 5, 2022

Last week’s economic news included readings on home prices, inflation, and data on public and private-sector jobs. Weekly readings on mortgage rates and jobless claims were also released. S&P Case-Shiller Posts Lower Home Prices in September September home prices fell in all cities tracked by Case-Shiller’s 20-City Home Price Index. Home prices were - 8.7 percent lower year-over-year in September than August’s reading of -10.40 percent. Home price declines showed signs of increasing after a period of rapidly rising home prices sidelined would-be home buyers. The Federal Housing Finance Agency Home Price Index rose by 0.90 percent in September as…
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Escrow And Your Mortgage: The Most Important Points To Know

There are many complicated terms thrown around regarding your mortgage, and one of them is an escrow account. You will probably hear that your lender will collect some additional money every month for escrow payments. If you take a look at your mortgage statement, you will see your interest, your principal, and your escrow. What does this mean, and why do you have to pay additional money that isn't going toward the balance of your loan? The Definition Of An Escrow Account An escrow account is an extra account that your lender opens on your behalf to make sure certain…
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The Right (And Wrong) Reasons To Buy A House

There are many people who dream of owning a home, but you need to purchase your home for the right reasons. Simply purchasing a house because other people are doing so is not a strong reason to make such an expensive purchase. What are some of the reasons why you should purchase a house? What are some examples of bad reasons to buy a home? The Right Reasons To Buy A Home There are several strong reasons why you should consider purchasing property. If you have children, you may want them to attend a specific school. Therefore, you might be…
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How Can You Increase The Safety And Functionality Of Your Home?

What do you need to do if you want to improve the safety and functionality of your home? You may not think that your home has a lot of safety hazards, but you might be surprised at how many people get hurt at home every year. Particularly if you have older people in your home, or if you have people in your house with disabilities, you need to pay close attention to your safety and functionality. What are a few tips you should keep in mind?  Target The Lights In Your Home If you have an older home, it may…
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To Stay or to Go: Should You Hang Around During Your Open House?

Are you thinking of listing your home for sale? Whether this is your first sale or you have been through the process a few times, you are probably aware that you will need to host at least one open house. Welcoming strangers in to tour your home can range from delightful to irritating, but it is all part of the selling process. So, should you stick around or disappear when potential buyers are viewing your home? Let's explore your options. The Best-Case Scenario For almost every buyer, the ideal situation is that they are viewing a clean, vacant home which…
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