Friday, August 15, 2014

FRIDAY - LIVING ON MACARONS

How to Stage Your Kitchen for a Home Sale

How to Stage Your Kitchen for a Home Sale
- A Look At The Housing Market Eight Years After The Collapse
- Higher Housing Costs Aren't Likely to Fade Soon
- 6 things home buyers should avoid doing once they are preapproved for a mortgage
- As Closing Costs Rise, Here's How to Knock Them Down
- Mortgage Rates Slip to Near Lows for the Year
- Storage Help for Small Bedrooms: Beautiful Built-ins

Enjoy!
A Look At The Housing Market Eight Years After The Collapse - While the U.S. housing market has recovered significantly, how does it compare to pre-bubble levels? Three market indicators, namely median home sale price, new homes sold, and foreclosures, were analyzed to compare the latest data (May 2014) to the housing market at its bottom (February 2009) and at its peak (June 2006).

Higher Housing Costs Aren’t Likely to Fade Soon, Fed Study Says - Researchers say a recent uptick in housing inflation isn’t a fluke. As for projections in the near future, they see housing inflation slowing to around 2 percent by the end of next year in the Northeast while rising to around 3 percent in the South. The model forecasts inflation holding at its current level of around 2.9 percent in the West and falling to 2 percent in the Midwest.

6 things home buyers should avoid doing once they are preapproved for a mortgage - In order to keep your loan closing as smooth and hassle-free as possible, there are some simple steps to follow so there are no surprises while waiting for final approval.  It’s important to remember that obtaining a home loan is a very interactive process, so avoid common pitfalls, like changing bank accounts or applying for new credit.

As Closing Costs Rise, Here's How to Knock Them Down - A new report by Bankrate.com shows mortgage closing costs increased 6 percent over the past year to an average of $2,539 on a $200,000 loan. Origination fees increased 9 percent to $1,877, and third-party fees increased 1 percent to $662. Lenders argue that new regulations and tighter lending standards designed to protect consumers and lenders make the process of getting a mortgage costlier and more arduous. 

Mortgage Rates Slip to Near Lows for the Year - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates declined this week, approaching their lows for the year. Mortgage rates are below the levels of a year ago. They have fallen in recent weeks after climbing last summer. The nationwide average for a 30-year loan slipped to 4.12 percent from 4.14 percent last week.

Storage Help for Small Bedrooms: Beautiful Built-ins - Squeezed for space? Consider built-in cabinets, shelves and niches that hold all you need and look great too. Some of my favorites:



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