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Move Over Man Caves, the ‘She-Shed’ Is Gaining Popularity

Men have their man caves, but how about a space just for females? Welcome, the “she shed.” These backyard retreats are becoming the latest buzzword in interior design — emerging as the perfectly carved out haven for the woman of the household who seeks a quiet place of her own. Women are transforming old backyard sheds or even building mini…

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Finances, Lending

12 ways to get the lowest mortgage refinance rates

If you’re considering refinancing your mortgage, you are likely eager to find the lowest possible mortgage refinance rates. But before you start shopping around for the lowest rates, experts say you should establish your objectives and prepare your finances to improve your chances of qualifying for the lowest interest rate. “First, figure out the best loan product to meet your…

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Lending, Real Estate

Freddie Mac joins Fannie Mae in extending foreclosure timelines | 2015-09-04 | HousingWire

On Thursday, Fannie Mae announced that it wasincreasing its maximum number of allowable days for a foreclosure sale in 33 states. But Fannie Mae wasn’t alone.Freddie Mac has also announced that it is increasing the maximum number of allowable days for “routine” foreclosure proceedings in those same 33 states. As with Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac said the new foreclosure timelines apply to…

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Lending, Real Estate

Check Your Credit Score & Report Before Buying a Home | Credit.com

Your credit score helps determine the rate and conditions you receive on a loan. If your credit score is high, meaning that your credit history indicates that you’ve paid your credit card bills on time, haven’t “maxed out” your credit cards, etc., then lenders believe it’s a fairly good bet that you won’t have difficulty paying off your loan. They…

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Real Estate, Real Estate Agent

4 things to look for in a real estate agent | Richmond American Homes

4 Things to Look for in a Real Estate Agent 1. Listening Skills…check! 2. Knowledge of the area…check! 3. Time and attention…check! 4. Selling strategy…check! We’ve got this! Now put us to work for you! 4 things to look for in a real estate agent Source: 4 things to look for in a real estate agent | Richmond American Homes

Lending, My Home, Real Estate

5 Things I Learned to Expect When Buying a Home

Around here, I’ve developed a bit of a reputation. As “Rachel the Renter” I entertain my co-workers (and you!) with a variety of renting anecdotes and horror stories. But the truth is, I do want to eventually break up with my landlord and explore a monogamous relationship with a mortgage broker. I know “Rachel the First-Time Homeowner” doesn’t have the same alliterative ring,…

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Real Estate, Real Estate Agent

Home Prices Keep Rising, and So Does Consumer Confidence

OK, confirmed: The once-ailing U.S. housing market is robust again, and although its spring performance wasn’t quite as strong as expected, consumers are gaining confidence, which will likely translate into more sales in coming months.The S&P/Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index, which tracks home prices across the nation, on Tuesday reported a 4.2% annual gain in April 2015, while the 20-city composite…

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10 Home Improvement Projects You Can Do in a Day – Real Estate News and Advice – realtor.com

Does the idea of making home improvements conjure up images of burning cash? Never fear. Here’s how to give your home a makeover without breaking the budget. Source: 10 Home Improvement Projects You Can Do in a Day – Real Estate News and Advice – realtor.com