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Winter, Pets, and Homeownership

There are a TON of benefits homeownership brings for you and your pets. 68% of American households have a pet, according to the most recent APPA Pet Ownership Survey. The most popular pet being dogs in 48% of households, followed by cats in 38% of households. With our furry friends being such a big part …

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Mortgage Applications Rise 4.1% According to Most Recent Data

The Mortgage Bankers Association reported a 4.1% increase in mortgage applications from the prior week. Steve Remington, Benchmark’s Chief Operations Officer, noted that the increase in applications could be a consumer response to the recent trend in the market, indicating a shift from the prolonged period of low interest rates. “Mortgage Bankers Association Data indicates …

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How To Prepare Your Home For Winter

It’s That Time Of Year Again Winter officially begins on Thursday, and if you haven’t already winterized your home, it’s time to take action. Follow these steps to keep the comfort in, keep the cold out, and ensure your family’s safety. The energy cost savings doesn’t hurt, either, so get to it!   Seal Drafty …

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HUD Announces New FHA Loan Limits

Yesterday, December 7, 2017, the Federal Housing Administration announced that for 2018, 3,011 out of 3,141 counties in the U.S. (~96% of all counties in the nation) will see an increase in FHA loan limits. Ceilings and Floors In high-cost areas, the FHA’s loan limit ceiling will increase this year to $679,650, up from $636,150, …

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How To Maintain Your Sanity When Hosting For The Holidays

Welcoming your friends and family into your home can be one of the most anticipated events of the holidays. Whether you have family visiting from out of town, or if you’re hosting Christmas dinner this year, the fact that your home is the gathering place for your loved ones is a special privilege. However, all …

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Conforming Loan Limits Set To Increase For 2018

Last year, the conforming loan limit was set to increased to $424,100 for this year (2017). Now, most of the United States will see an increase for single unit properties to $453,100 for 2018. The HERA (Housing and Economic Recovery Act) indicates that the baseline conforming loan limit should be adjusted with the change in …

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National Home Price Index Up 6.2% In Last 12 Months

Source: September S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller National Home Price NSA Index Up 6.2% In Last 12 Months Recent Analysis of the September HPI figure show as a 6.2% annual gain in home prices, up 5.9% from the previous month. Several large markets that were hit hardest in the financial crisis are reporting the highest gains, including …

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Top 20 Things to Recycle in Your Home

November 15th is “America Recycles Day!” In honor of this sustainable celebration, we have made a list of common household items that we can all recycle to help conserve resources and protect our environment. Kitchen Food Boxes cereal boxes, frozen meal boxes, crackers, pasta, etc Food Cans canned foods, canned drinks, canned sauces, etc Plastic …

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