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MORE TRANSPARENT MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE FORMS ON THE WAY

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed a redesigned mortgage form Monday that sets out to help home buyers better understand the cost and risks of getting a mortgage. CFPB is seeking public comment on the forms until Nov. 6. “When making what is likely the biggest purchase of their life, consumers should be looking at

Keeping Your New Home Environmentally Sound

While the focus is often on redecorating and buying new furniture when moving into your new home, there are several steps you should take to ensure your home’s environment is safe and comfortable, in addition to aesthetically pleasing. According to contractor Danny Lipford and Honeywell Home Environment, the following simple strategies will protect your home

What are some important things to remember about closing day?

There are several. The following to-do list can help save you a few headaches and keep the closing on track: • Keep extra money in your account. Something unexpected can pop up during the closing that will require more money out of your pocket. Take your checkbook. Even better, find out how much you will

HOUSING EXPERTS PREDICT THE FUTURE

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Real estate markets across the country are inching their way to a slow recovery after bottoming out, according to several real estate economists who spoke at a forum hosted by the National Association of Real Estate Editors. National Association of REALTORS®’ Chief Economist Lawrence Yun, Zillow Chief Economist Stan Humphries, and National Association of Home

How can I finance work needed on a fixer-upper?

According to the Millennial Housing Commission, few lenders are willing to administer home improvement loans. Most prefer to make home equity loans or unsecured consumer loans because they are easier to manage. Home improvement loans usually require inspections and irregular draws on the loan amount as work is completed, which requires regional or national lenders

Selling Your Home? Start at the Top

In today’s competitive real estate market, many homeowners go to great lengths to help their home stand out from the competition, from staging to landscaping to replacing windows. An important place to start, however, is at the top. Does your roof add or subtract from the salability of your home? Any signs of aging or

Survey Reveals Consumer Attitudes Towards Homeownership, Design and Function

Better Homes and Gardens magazine recently released proprietary research and insights into the ideas, inspirations, and strategies driving consumers as they consider the function, style and efficiency of their homes. In a presentation given at the International Builders Show, Jill Waage, editorial director for Home Content for Better Homes and Gardens revealed survey results about

Time It Right: When to Build a Home

To build or not to build … Can anyone answer this question? Whenever someone has a big decision to make they typically turn to family, friends and of course the Internet for answers. Does building a new home qualify in the category of a “big decision?” You bet it does and in the real estate