Monthly Archives: September 2013

Government Shutdown and Mortgages — What You Need to Know

If Congress shuts the government tomorrow (i.e., tonight at midnight), how will that affect mortgages? With Fannie and Freddie backing 90+ percent of them, and FHA loans being so popular, it’s an important question. CNN has the answers, but here’s

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Pending Home Sales Up For 28th (!) Straight Month

NAR’s Pending Home Sales Index (which measures contracts, but not closings) was up 5.8 percent in August from the year before, marking 28 months of annual increases. (It was down from July, but that’s typical — sales taper off after summer.) For

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Pick the Right Paint Finish to Fit Your Style

The question of finish may be as crucial as color. See which of these nine varieties suits your space — and budget Most would agree that wall color is a key decorating decision, right up there with choosing furniture and

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A Subliminal Approach to Fall Decorating

Get your home in the autumn groove without going over the top with decorating ideas from two top San Francisco designers Fall is that sweet spot between the blazing heat of summer and the icy chill of winter. It’s a

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Widely-Available Mortgages For Home Buyers With Less Than 20% Downpayment

As mortgage rates fall to absurd-like levels, the cost of home ownership drops, too. Mortgage payments are 18% less expensive today as compared to one year ago. For today’s home buyers, though, “making mortgage payments” may not be a concern

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Get Those Carpet Stains Out: Best Nontoxic Methods for Spot Cleaning

Banish blotches the safe way with pantry staples, to get your rugs looking as clean as the day they came home Carpets and rugs are comfortable underfoot, but they’re also magnets for stains. From holiday gatherings to everyday use, carpets

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“Poopular area” and Other Over the Top Marketing Typos

By Gwen Banta of AGBeat There are so many marketing typos committed every day that this weekly column filled with real errors just never ends! Hel-lo-o-o? “Open 11 AM – 2 PMS Tues” (I’m already experiencing irritation and minor cramping.)

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