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Refinance NOW.

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There are a lot of new laws hitting the books on January 1, and a few of them make getting a mortgage that much more difficult.  If you’re thinking of refinancing, DO IT NOW.

Because of the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act, it may be more difficult to qualify for a mortgage starting January 2014.

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Things continue to look up…

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Home prices ticked up in September, pushing annual growth to the fastest pace since early 2006, according to data released Tuesday. READ MORE

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Give the customer what they want!

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The steady recovery of housing has put kitchen remodels back in the spotlight, with their relatively high payback on investment and enjoyment.

Here’s how to start planning the kitchen of your dreams.

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Cars vs Houses

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While buying and selling cars vs houses has some similarities, there are also some striking differences.

When you drive a new car off the lot, it immediately loses some of its value. Does the same apply to real estate? And if so, should you care?

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Must Haves!

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Got a lot of money? Super – here’s some of the FINEST things that your home simply MUST have:

NEW YORK (MainStreet) — With the housing sector apparently in a genuine recovery, affluent Americans are roaring back into the real estate market, waving checkbooks and measuring for drapes with renewed urgency.

It’s a confidence reborn after five years of financial anxiety, and these homebuyers have apparently spent that time mulling over what really matters to them with a home purchase.

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Esperanza

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Esperanza

This is big news in our area.  Esperanza, a massive development just east of Boerne that never came to fruition, was just picked up at foreclosure.  It could mean substantial new activity in our area!

 

“A Houston firm has acquired 1,240 acres off Texas Hwy. 46 just east of Boerne, where a controversial mixed-use development called Esperanza had been approved in 2008 — but never built.”

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A Gift…

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One way to keep adult children closer to home: gift them a piece of the house.

Most of the time, down-payment assistance from parents comes in the form of cash. But gifts of home equity are another option to provide financial assistance while keeping a high-priced home within the family.

Gifting equity in the family home “can be a nice way for a parent to help a child afford something larger in a better neighborhood,” said Katherine Dean, head of wealth ...

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To Lock or not Lock?

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Buying a home is a pretty wild ride, with percentages and numbers thrown around you at a blistering pace.  This article walks you through the process pretty well:

 

To say mortgage rates are volatile right now is an understatement. Every few days for the past two months, there have been heavy swings in mortgage pricing, translating to strong gyration in mortgage rates.

Nothing can be more frustrating for a pre-approved potential homebuyer than knowing their ability to qualify and their subsequent ...

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NOW is the time…

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I’ve been telling clients this for a long time.  But this article says it much better than I:

Consumers shopping for a home might want to pick up the pace: Getting a mortgage will likely become more challenging and costly next year.

Loan limits for popular mortgages are scheduled to drop in January, according to a Wall Street Journal report this week. The Federal Housing Finance Agency is planning to slash the maximum size of mortgages eligible to be backed by Fannie ...

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4 Home Improvements that will SAVE you money!

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Judging by the TV commercials, most home improvements are a blast. You waltz into a store, throw a bunch of new faucets and buckets of paint in your shopping cart, without sweating about the cost, then transform your dingy kitchen into something out of, well, a TV commercial.

Frequently, those TV spots are spot-on. It is fun to have a new kitchen or to show off your newly installed hardwood floors to your friends and family. But it’s all too easy ...

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