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What You Need to Know About Qualifying for a Mortgage [INFOGRAPHIC]

What You Need to Know About Qualifying for a Mortgage [INFOGRAPHIC]

  Some Highlights: Many buyers are purchasing a home with a down payment as little as 3%. You may already qualify for a loan, even if you don’t have perfect credit. Take advantage of the knowledge of your local professionals who are there to help you determine how much you can afford. Source: KCMContinue Reading

Why Americans Consider Moving to Another State? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Why Americans Consider Moving to Another State? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: In a recent Harris Poll, Americans listed “change in climate/weather” as their top reason for wanting to relocate. 41% would move for a “better job opportunity.” Being closer to loved ones filled out 3 of the top 6 reasons why Americans move. Source: KCMContinue Reading

Home Mortgages: Rates Up, Requirements Easing

Home Mortgages: Rates Up, Requirements Easing

The media has extensively covered the rise in mortgage interest rates since last fall (from 3.42% last September to the current 4.1% according to Freddie Mac). However, a less covered aspect of the mortgage market is that requirements to get a mortgage have eased while rates have risen. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) quantifies theContinue Reading

US Housing Market Continues the Move into ‘Buy Territory’!

US Housing Market Continues the Move into ‘Buy Territory’!

According to the Beracha, Hardin & Johnson Buy vs. Rent (BH&J) Index, the U.S. housing market has continued to move deeper into buy territory, supporting the belief that housing markets across the country remain a sound investment. The BH&J Index is a quarterly report that attempts to answer the question: In today’s housing market, is it better toContinue Reading

Measuring Your Ability to Achieve the American Dream

Measuring Your Ability to Achieve the American Dream

Forbes.com recently released the results of their new American Dream Index, in which they measure “the prosperity of the middle class, and…examine which states best support the American Dream.” The monthly index measures several different economic factors, including goods-producing employment, personal and commercial bankruptcies, building permits, startup activity, unemployment insurance claims, labor force participation, andContinue Reading