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Appraisal Shortage Causing Delays In Home Sales

CNBC published an article on their Real Estate blog entitled, “‘Massive’ shortage of appraisers causing home sales delays” Below are a few quotes that summarize the story quickly, in case you don’t have the time or patience to read the article yourself. “The appraisal shortage is massive. You’re seeing significant delays, you’re seeing cost increases, …

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5 Easy Tips for Fall Decorations

Think Outside The Pumpkin Make your fall pumpkin stand out by decorating the OUTSIDE, rather than gutting it. Not only does this broaden the possibilities to glitter, paint, melting crayons, and more, but it could also prolong the life of your beautiful gourd.   Warm Hues + Neutrals = Autumn Environment Bring the autumn indoors by …

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A New School Year Means New Opportunities

As we are in early September, and most school districts have been in session for at least a week, it’s a good time to pause and reflect. Every year, students begin afresh in a new grade, families return to a routine anchored in a schedule created by the school(s) their children attend, friends are reunited while …

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Jump in New Home Sales Highest Since 2008

According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau, new single family home sales in June grew by 3.5%* over May, and 25.4%** over June 2015. The seasonally adjusted annual rate was 592,000 in June, and 572,000 was the revised rate in May. The rate in June …

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The EU Referendum, Brexit, and US Mortgage Rates

“The sudden stop in employment growth rules out any chance of a rate hike from the Fed at next week’s FOMC meeting, particularly now that the UK vote on whether to leave the European Union appears to be going down to the wire,” said Capital Economics Chief Economist Paul Ashworth.  (source: Housingwire.com) Britain’s exit from the …

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Is More Housing Inventory On The Horizon?

There has been a lot of talk about the rising value of houses in recent years. While some have expressed concern over another 2008 style housing bubble forming, we have dispelled this notion. While economics is a bit more complicated, most moves are the direct result of what you may have learned in school: supply and …

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Benchmark Loan Officer Competes on American Ninja Warrior

Meet Grant Clinton. Grant Clinton is a Loan Originator and Branch Manager in our awesome branch in Houston, TX! We are proud to announce that Grant will be competing as an American Ninja Warrior in the Oklahoma City Qualifier on June 20th!     THE OVERCOMER With an outstanding history as a gymnast, Grant Clinton was …

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DIY Self-Draining Bath Toy Storage

This post is inspired by: http://theinspiredhome.org/bath-toy-organization/ If you have a small child (or small children), you probably have “too many” bath toys, and would benefit from an easy-access storage system. Better yet, an easy-access storage system that drains automatically. Well, you’ve come to the right place. DIY Bath Toy Organizer This set up is great! Your …

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