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Month: July 2016

Last Week’s Economic News In Review – July 27th, 2016

An increase in first-time buyers helped boost existing home sales, while housing starts and permits on new homes saw encouraging growth, and lay-offs continued to drop. Existing Home Sales A welcome influx of first-time homebuyers helped boost sales of existing single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops by 1.1 percent in […]

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Fire Safety – Always On My Mind!

Keep Fire Safety in Mind throughout the Summer! The first week of February is Burn Awareness Week, but it’s something we should keep in mind every day! Did you know: Each year, 1,100 children die from fire and burn injuries. Among children under five years of age, scalds or contact […]

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Last Week’s Economic News In Review – July 20th, 2016

Both the demand and producer side of the economy showed strong performance with retail sales and industrial production exceeding market predictions. Meanwhile, lay-offs remained in safe territory. Retail Sales Retail sales for June outpaced market expectations, with sales for the month growing 0.6 percent to hit $457.0 billion, instead of […]

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Summer Cooking Tip: Using a Charcoal Grill as your Smoker

Using a Charcoal Grill as a Smoker For many home buyers, especially first timers, there often isn’t a lot of left over funds after down payments, closing costs, moving expenses and immediate repair/upgrades for some of the more fun items we all dream of. Say for example, that massive new […]

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Last Week’s Economic News In Review – July 14th, 2016

U.S. employment enjoyed some unexpected and sizable growth, while lay-offs saw an equally large and unforeseen decline. Meanwhile, consumer credit outpaced market expectations. Unemployment The nation’s employment situation got a serious shot in the arm with the economy adding 287,000 jobs in June, according to last week’s report from the […]

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Pre-qualification – First Step For Buying A Home

The first step to buying a home: pre-qualification Too often, home buyers are disappointed when they find their dream home only to discover they are not able to get a mortgage to purchase the property. There are methods that potential buyers can use to ensure this does not happen to […]

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Last Week’s Economic News In Review July 6th, 2016

Construction spending underwhelmed market expectations, while incomes and spending notched up, and lay-offs increased, but remained in safe territory. Construction Spending Construction spending for May surprised many housing market watchers by declining to an annual rate of $1.14 trillion, which was 0.8 percent below April’s rate of $1.15 trillion, the […]

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