How Does Student Debt Impact Your Mortgage?


+-*Let’s say you’re a recent college grad. You’ve landed your first real job (or maybe you’ve been working it for a while already) and after years of dorms and apartments, you’re realizing you might as well start building equity in a place of your own. You wouldn’t be alone. Though you’ll see articles all over […]

Current Mortgage Rates for Friday, May 22, 2015


+-*Mortgage rates moved only slightly heading into the holiday weekend.  As Len Kiefer, deputy chief economist at Freddie Mac, put it, “Mortgage rates were little changed this week amid positive housing news. Housing starts surged 20.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted pace of 1.14 million units in April, the highest level since 2007. As home buying season […]

3 Types of Insurances You Need as a Homeowner


+-*Your home is your biggest investment, so it goes without saying that you’ll do anything to protect your property. This is why you have homeowners insurance to covers damage to your property and belongings in the event of theft, fire or natural disaster. Additionally, homeowners insurance provide liability coverage if someone is injured on your […]

Current Mortgage Rates for Thursday, May 21, 2015


+-*Yesterday mortgage backed securities rallied early in the day, and that rally ended up sustaining itself through the close of the market.  Mortgage rates improved a little.  As much as I cannot find any fundamental reason for the bond sell-offs we’ve seen over the recent days, with the possible exception of concession for a huge […]

5 Plants You Don’t Want In Your Yard


+-*With gardening season in full swing, you may be turning a critical eye to your bare flowerbeds and thinking that this is the year to try something new, or at least something foolproof. But while some of the following plants have attractive qualities for the lazy gardener—fast growing! easy to care for!—you’re going to want […]

Current Mortgage Rates for Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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+-*Some days, there just isn’t a whole lot to say.  This is one of those days.  Mortgage backed securities sold off again yesterday (I quite literally yawned as I wrote that sentence), and mortgage rates rose.  After a very long period of relative inactivity, the bond markets have become extremely volatile, and mortgage rates have […]

4 Stylish Garden Structures


+-*As Spring transitions into Summer, our focus naturally shifts more toward outdoor spaces. And while many of us long for that plush garden filled with all our favorite flowers and exotic plants, the time and effort to maintain such a paradise can prove elusive. Fortunately, your backyard doesn’t have to rely solely on living organisms […]

Current Mortgage Rates for Tuesday, May 19, 2015

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+-*Yesterday mortgage-backed securities sold off, effectively giving back all of Friday’s gains and then some.  It’s hard to find any particular explanation for yesterday’s market movement.  There was a large amount of corporate bond issuance, so perhaps the market has made concessions for that. Whatever the explanation may be, bond markets across the board have […]