Remove Common Carpet Stains with These Tips


+-*No carpet stays pristine forever. If yours is even a couple years old, odds are pretty good that it already has a few battle scars from its war with reality. First, it’s important to outline the basic removal techniques. When the spill is fresh, blot at it with a cloth or paper towel, working from […]

Current Mortgage Rates for Wednesday, April 1, 2015

House keys with a house keyring

+-*Due to flu-like symptoms, the blog was out of the office yesterday, watching Netflix in a state of delirium.  It seems like it was just as well, because it looks as though not a whole lot of import happened yesterday.  Yesterday’s economic data was mixed, but skewed toward the positive side of things. Mortgage backed […]

How to Pick the Right School District


+-*Whether you already have children or you’re planning to start a family soon, finding the right house isn’t the only factor you need to consider when you’re moving—there’s also the question of school districts. Namely, which one is right for your kids, and how do you even go about deciding something like that? Here are […]

Current Mortgage Rates for Monday, March 30, 2015

+-*Last week was a little bit of a roller coaster ride for mortgage bonds. We saw mortgage backed securities rally early in the week, and then the trend promptly reversed, all gains were lost, and mortgage rates ended up a little worse for the week. And really, this is sort of an encapsulation of what has […]

What to Expect When Buying a Short Sale


+-*If you’re looking for a new home, it’s discouraging to learn you can’t afford most properties on the market. Home prices might be through the roof depending on where you live, but there’s a way to get your foot in the door. If you need to keep the price within a certain range, consider buying […]

5 Care Tips for a Greener Lawn


+-*Now that spring is officially here and things are starting to thaw out, it’s time to evaluate your lawn situation. Here are 5 ways to make sure that your lawn stays the healthiest it can. Don’t over-fertilize. It can be easy to think that the more fertilizer you use, the healthier your grass will grow. In fact, […]

Current Mortgage Rates for Friday, March 27, 2015

+-*Mortgage bonds took a beating again yesterday, and mortgage rates rose.  We have lost all of our early-week gains, and are now approximately at the same place where we were when we started the week.  What we’re seeing is likely the result of portfolio repositioning, profit-taking, and good old-fashioned randomness/herd-like momentum.  On the whole, rates […]

Should You Pick a House or a Condo for Your Second Home?


+-*If you have a primary residence, you might consider buying a second home as a vacation spot or an investment property. This can be a place to relax with your family, plus you can generate passive income for a variety of purposes—save for retirement, pay off debt or create a rainy day fund. Even if […]