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How Long Should You Keep Mortgage Docs?

How Long Should You Keep Your Mortgage Docs?

By Aly Yale / October 24, 2020
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A lot of people are cleaning house these days. They’re emptying out closets, clearing out the garage, and throwing out old paperwork they no longer need. It’s a smart move — especially if you have time on your hands. But…

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7 Yummy Fall Recipes to Make with the Kids

7 Yummy Fall Recipes to Make with the Kids

By Aly Yale / October 23, 2020
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If your kids are anything like mine, they love to help in the kitchen. But finding recipes they’re interested in (and won’t mess up)? That can be difficult. Fortunately, I’ve got you covered. Need something to do with the kiddos…

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Mortgage Interest Rates Drop

Mortgage Applications Drop as Interest Rates Rise

By Aly Yale / October 23, 2020
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Overall mortgage activity slipped this week, falling 0.6% over the week prior. Purchase loan applications fell 2%, while refinancing actually rose, though only a slight 0.2%. The drop is likely due to rising mortgage rates, which increased to 3.02% this…

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The Pros and Cons of Buying a New Construction Home

The Pros and Cons of Buying a New Construction Home

By Aly Yale / October 21, 2020
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Home construction has picked up steam in recent months, and experts largely expect that continue.  Fannie Mae, for example, predicts that housing starts will jump by 6.7% in 2021. The Mortgage Bankers Associations also sees strong single-family construction numbers for…

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Get to Know the Millennial Homebuyer

Get to Know the Millennial Homebuyer

By Aly Yale / October 20, 2020
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If you’re a real estate agent, then millennials likely account for a big chunk of your client base. In fact, according to the latest data from the National Association of REALTORS®, millennials make up a whopping 38% of all homebuyers…

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How to Stay Active When Your Gym Is Closed

How to Stay Active When Your Gym is Closed

By Aly Yale / October 19, 2020
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If your gym is one of the millions closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, then you’ve probably found yourself struggling to stay active these past few months.  Sure, walks with the dog are better than nothing, but they’re not the…

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Mortgage Interest Rates Drop

Mortgage Activity Holds Steady, While Government Lending Picks Up

By Aly Yale / October 16, 2020
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Mortgage applications technically dipped last week, but only by a mere 0.7%. Purchase loans fell 2% on their own, while refinance activity dropped just 0.3%.  Considering the rate on 30-year, fixed-rate loans dropped to a new low, according to the…

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8 Tips for Creating a Functional, Attractive Entry Way

8 Tips for Creating a Functional, Attractive Entryway

By Aly Yale / October 15, 2020
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If your home has a dedicated mudroom, then consider yourself blessed. Mudrooms offer a much-needed buffer between the outdoors and the main living areas of your home, and they’re a great way to keep your home clean, tidy, and organized.…

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Shopping for a Home in One of These Hot Markets? Get Ready for Competition

Shopping for a Home in One of These Hot Markets? Get Ready for Competition

By Aly Yale / October 14, 2020
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The hottest housing markets probably aren’t where you think they are.  According to the latest data from Realtor.com, America’s home buying hotspots aren’t major metros or huge, urban cities like most of us would assume. For the most part? They’re…

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Family in a hayride

12 Fun Fall Activities To Do With Your Kids at Home

By Aly Yale / October 12, 2020
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Tired of hearing “I’m bored” from those kiddos stuck at home? Then you’re in luck. Autumn is here, and with it comes a whole slew of fun, fall activities to keep them entertained. From jumping in leaf piles to decorating…

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