Retail Sales Beat ExpectationsJun 15 2018
"Rise up." (Lin-Manuel Miranda) Recent tax cuts and a strong labor market helped retail sales rise in May.
The Commerce Department reported that retail sales jumped 0.8 percent from April to May, well above... »
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Home Prices Rise as Inventory Remains LowJun 8 2018
"Seems there ain't no end in sight." (Garth Brooks) Home price gains continued in April, with low inventory across much of the country remaining a key culprit.
Research firm CoreLogic reported that home prices,... »
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Tame Inflation Helps Mortgage BondsMay 11 2018
"Are you optimistic 'bout the way things are going?" (Chicago) Tame consumer prices in April helped eased fears of rising inflation.
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 0.2 percent in April, just below expectations,... »
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Inventory Remains TightApr 27 2018
"Risin' up to the challenge." (Survivor) Home sales may have increased in March, but low inventory remained a challenge for many would-be buyers.
March existing home sales rose 1.1 percent from February to an... »
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Retail Sales ReboundApr 20 2018
"Hey, big spender." (Shirley Bassey) After three straight months of declines, retail sales rebounded in March as consumers spent their hard-earned dollars.
Retail sales rose 0.6 percent in March, above the 0.4 percent expected... »
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Celebrate Earth Day, April 22, 2018Apr 10 2018
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Earth Day was originally proposed in 1970 by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as a day of education about environmental issues. It is now a globally celebrated holiday that is sometimes... »
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Unison HomeBuyer for Down Payment AssistanceApr 10 2018
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Get into the home you really want, with Unison HomeBuyer. This innovative equity sharing program can double a homebuyer’s down payment – regardless of income.
Unison HomeBuyer is not a grant or... »
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Housing Supply Remains TightMar 30 2018
"You make me wanna…Shout!" (The Isley Brothers) The lack of homes for sale on the market may be causing some would-be buyers to shout these days. But what about the rest of the... »
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Existing Home Sales Bounce BackMar 23 2018
"Third time's the charm." (The BellRays) Despite low inventories of homes for sale on the market, existing home sales bounced back in February after two straight months of declines.
February existing home sales rose... »
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Retail Sales Dip SlightlyMar 16 2018
"Go on, take the money and run." (Steve Miller Band) Consumers haven't been running to the registers with their hard-earned money, as spending at U.S. retail stores fell for the third straight month.
The Commerce... »
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Insulate Your Home for Comfort and SavingsMar 8 2018
If you’re like most homeowners, you’re always looking for ways to save money on home expenses. One great strategy for savings is to update your home’s insulation.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy,... »
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"This could be the start of something new." (Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron) Would-be buyers may have been looking for new homes in January, but some were likely thwarted by a lack of... »
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Low Inventory Affecting Home SalesFeb 23 2018
"Slip slidin' away." (Simon and Garfunkel) Sales of existing homes slipped in January as low inventories of homes for sale on the market continued to challenge would-be buyers.
January existing home sales declined 3.2... »
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Prepare for Spring and Summer StormsFeb 21 2018
Did you know there are about 100,000 thunderstorms each year in the United States? About 10% of these storms reach severe levels. A thunderstorm is classified as “severe” when it contains one or... »
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Be Smart About Your SMART GoalsFeb 21 2018
Once you have defined your goals using the SMART method (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timely), the next step is to establish the discipline to meet those goals.
But infusing discipline into your everyday... »
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Inflation and Housing Starts Heat UpFeb 16 2018
"Feeling hot hot hot." (The Merrymen) Inflation and housing starts heated up in January, but retail sales were on the chilly side.
January housing starts jumped 9.7 percent from December to an annual rate... »
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Inflation Worries Spark VolatilityFeb 9 2018
"I don't know why I go to extremes." (Billy Joel) Extreme volatility in the markets was the norm in recent days, due in part to fears of inflation and higher rates. Plus, home... »
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Get SMART about Goal Setting!Feb 9 2018
The best way to achieve your goals is to get SMART about them. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timely. SMART goals are well-defined and built to keep you on track... »
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Here are seven tips to help you decide if you should purchase an extended warranty:
Buying an extended warranty that covers five years generally adds 10% to 20% to the cost... »
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A large part of HomeBridge’s success is due to the exceptional talent we have recruited and cultivated here. We not only hire the best, we provide ample opportunities for career advancement. Senior Vice... »
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Celebrate Presidents Day!Jan 24 2018
Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, Presidents Day is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. Traditionally celebrated on February 22, Washington’s actual day of birth, the... »
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We Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.Jan 10 2018
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In 1964, at 35 years old, Martin Luther King, Jr. became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize. His acceptance speech is considered to be among the most powerful... »
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Grow Your Business with TwitterJan 9 2018
Twitter now has close to 330 million users. And, according to Social Media Today, Twitter’s demographic trends more toward the millennial generation. Here are some ways to use Twitter to help target that... »
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Jobs Grow and Home Prices Continue RiseJan 5 2018
"These are extraordinary times." (Bon Jovi) December marked the 87th month in a row for job growth, the longest stretch on record. However, there was some mixed news within the report.
The Labor Department... »
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Grow Your Business with LinkedInJan 2 2018
LinkedIn makes it easy to connect with people and companies that can use your services or help influence your business. With 500 million users in more than 200 countries, using LinkedIn is a... »
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