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Monthly Archives: November 2016

    Is Getting a Home Mortgage Still Too Difficult?

    By Marco Manumbas | November 30, 2016

    There is no doubt that mortgage credit availability is expanding, meaning it is easier to finance a home today than it was last year. However, the mortgage market is still much tighter than it was prior to the housing boom and bust experienced between 2003 – 2006. The Housing Financing Policy Center at the Urban... Read More

    5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional When Buying & Selling!

    By Jennifer Carstensen | November 28, 2016

    Whether you are buying or selling a home, it can be quite an adventurous journey; you need an experienced Real Estate Professional to lead you to your ultimate goal. In this world of instant gratification and internet searches, many sellers think that they can For Sale by Owner or FSBO. The 5 Reasons You NEED... Read More


    By Marco Manumbas | November 24, 2016

    Thanksgiving is truly a special day and we usually associate Thanksgiving with the early Pilgrims but in fact the origins and meaning of this holiday have broader significance. When we think of Thanksgiving, we think of parades, gatherings, traditional football games on television, turkey dinners and shopping, but Thanksgiving Day is indeed more than a... Read More

    Thinking of Selling? Don’t Overlook an Outdated Kitchen, Buyers Won’t

    By Marco Manumbas | November 23, 2016

    If you are planning on listing your home for sale, make sure that you don’t overlook the condition of your kitchen. A recent article on listed “7 Signs Your Kitchen Is Way Overdue for a Renovation,” in which they warned: “Dated kitchens—just like bathrooms—are a major barrier for resale. Buyers want modern amenities and... Read More

    Why Are Mortgage Interest Rates Increasing?

    By Marco Manumbas | November 22, 2016

    According to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the 30-year fixed rate mortgage interest rate jumped up to 3.94% last week. Interest rates had been hovering around 3.5% since June, and many are wondering why there has been such a significant increase so quickly.  Why did rates go up? Whenever there is a presidential... Read More

    Winter Is Coming… 5 Reasons to Sell Now!

    By Marco Manumbas | November 21, 2016

    People across the country are beginning to think about what their life will look like next year. It happens every fall; we ponder whether we should relocate to a different part of the country to find better year-round weather, or perhaps move across the state for better job opportunities. Homeowners in this situation must consider... Read More

    Tips to Keep the Cold Air Outside Your Home

    By Ashley Brackens | November 13, 2016

    How to Inspect Windows and Doors to Stop Air and Water Leaks By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon Inspect windows and doors regularly to stop air and water leaks that mean costly energy and repair bills. We’ll show you how. Take a close look at your windows, doors, and skylights to stop air leaks, foil water drips,... Read More

    Infographic: How Long Do Home Appliances Last?

    By Ashley Brackens | November 12, 2016

    Wouldn’t it be nice to buy something for your home like an oven, washer or furnace and know that you never had to spend the money to buy one again? Unfortunately, the systems and appliances in your home have lifespans – after using them consistently over the years, their mechanical parts get worn out and... Read More

    The Dangers of “Tight Mortgage Credit” Headlines

    By Marco Manumbas | November 9, 2016

    The availability of mortgage credit is not at the same level that it was during the boom in housing (2005), and that’s good news. However, the constant headlines which talk about “tight credit” are causing some potential home buyers to doubt their ability to purchase. We want to rectify the misconception of what is required... Read More

    NAR Reports Show Now Is a Great Time to Sell!

    By Marco Manumbas | November 7, 2016

    We all realize that the best time to sell anything is when demand is high and the supply of that item is limited. The last two major reports issued by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed information that suggests that now continues to be a great time to sell your house. Let’s look at the data... Read More

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