How to Sell Your Home If You Have Pets


You know those (weird) people who don’t like animals? Well, they buy houses, too. So if you have a furry family member and you’re getting ready to put your house on the market, you’re going to want to keep a few pointers in mind. Fix the damage Accidents happen, especially when you have pets.  But […]

Current Mortgage Rates for Wednesday, March 4, 2015


Yesterday mortgage backed securities sold off for a second consecutive day, causing mortgage rates to rise. There was no particularly significant economic data yesterday, so I’m left to conclude that yesterday’s sell-off was a concession for a large issuance of corporate bonds.  So far this morning, we are seeing MBS rebound, so it’s possible the […]

4 Home Inspection Deal Breakers


So you’ve found the perfect house in the perfect neighborhood for the perfect price. You’ve even made an offer, and now that it’s been accepted, it’s time to start jumping through all the pre-closing hoops. There’s one in particular, though, that you should pay special attention to: the home inspection. Here are four potential problems […]

Current Mortgage Rates for Tuesday, March 3, 2015

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Yesterday I said that I anticipated that mortgage rates would hold roughly flat on the week up until the employment report for February came out on Friday.  At least as of now, that prediction was entirely wrong.  Yesterday mortgage backed securities sold off at a steady pace all day, leading to an increase in mortgage […]

Current Mortgage Rates for Monday, March 2, 2015


“You can’t get too much winter in the winter.” -Robert Frost, “Snow” Here is where Robert and I diverge.  Even though it is March, it is still technically winter.  That said, we woke up to another 6-8 inches of snow and ice this morning in Southwest Connecticut, I think that I’ve had more than enough […]

Self-Employed? How to Never Miss a Payment


Self-employed people can set their own schedule, control their workload, and have the opportunity to earn unlimited income. Although self-employment has its perks, there’s also a downside. Unlike an employee, you’re responsible for finding and keeping clients. There’s always the risk of losing a profitable client and your workload can change each week, so you might […]

Obsessed with The Dress?

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If you’ve gone within 20 feet of the internet today, then you already know that the world has been divided into two camps: Blue and black, and white and gold. Specifically, which set of colors best describes this dress? First, let’s take a look at the history of this thing. Late afternoon on February 26th, […]

How to Get Approved by A Co-op Board


In the market for an apartment in New York City? Then you’ve probably heard the war stories surrounding the co-op board approval process. If you haven’t, here’s a quick primer: because there’s just one deed for the whole building, you’re not buying any particular apartment so much as you are buying a share in an […]