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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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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"All shook up." (Elvis Presley) The jobs report, inflation news and the Fed meeting were a recipe for volatility in the markets this past week. Employers added 200,000 new jobs in January while the... »
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"Every rose has its thorn." Poison. Low inventories of existing homes for sale on the market continued to be a thorn in the side for would-be buyers in December. December Existing Home Sales fell 3.6... »
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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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"If I had a hammer, I'd hammer in the morning. I'd hammer in the evening, all over this land." (The Weavers) There was less hammering around the country in December, as construction of... »
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"Hey, big spender. Spend a little time with me." (Shirley Bassey) Consumer spending ended 2017 on a high note as Americans purchased an array of goods and products. Retail sales rose 0.4 percent in... »
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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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They say you spend one-third of your life in bed, but with the right set of sheets you might want to make it even longer. Thread count. This refers to the number of threads... »
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"I wish I was homeward bound." (Simon and Garfunkel) Home sales and construction data rose in November, helping more buyers head toward new homes. November housing starts rose 3.3 percent from October to an... »
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Happy New Year!

Dec 20 2017

From my team to yours, I wish you a very happy and prosperous New Year! I look forward to bringing you economic news through our weekly Economic Update, and keeping you informed of the... »
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"I've got nothing but money...and I wanna spend it all on you." (will.i.am) Solid consumer spending kicked-off the holiday shopping season on a bright note. The Commerce Department reported that retail sales jumped in... »
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A recent survey of top HomeBridge Loan Originators revealed the many reasons they choose HomeBridge. What do you think about HomeBridge’s Selling Solutions platform for Originators? “This is state of the art, contemporary and EXACTLY... »
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The Veterans Administration gives veterans, active-duty military members and eligible spouses many benefits, including valuable VA home loan benefits. But, what does this mean and how does it work? Your VA loan benefit... »
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"I got a job baby. I got work to do." (The Isley Brothers) New job creation exceeded expectations in November, but earnings disappointed. Job growth remained solid in November after the brief hiccup in... »
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"You gotta break all the records set." (Rod Stewart). New home sales increased across the country in October, breaking through to their best level in a decade. The Commerce Department reported that sales of... »
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If you are a U.S. Military veteran, surviving spouse or active military member, having served in the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard or National Guard, you could apply for a VA... »
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"Who will buy my sweet red roses?" (Oliver) Retailers looked to October sales for signs of a blossoming or thorny holiday shopping season ahead. Meanwhile, housing starts dug out from storm damage. Retail sales... »
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"A little dancing and some sentiment to put your mind at ease." (Lou Reed) Home prices continued to surge, and consumers have happy feet over employment and wage prospects. Data analytics firm CoreLogic reported... »
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Today’s technology, combined with innovative approaches to using space, is opening the door to an endless array of home design options. Pet owners are creating in-home dog-washing stations and millennials favor upper kitchen... »
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"After the storm comes the sunshine." (Marty Robbins) Following September's storm-damaged job data, October job growth was a ray of sunshine. Total non-farm payroll rose by 261,000 new jobs in October, the Labor Department... »
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A recent survey of top HomeBridge Loan Originators shed insight into the many reasons they choose HomeBridge. “I love the transparency and the feeling of family. I don't ever feel like I am in... »
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"We're soaring, flying." High School Musical. While home construction data suffered storm damage in September, New Home Sales broke free and soared. Gross Domestic Product also flexed its muscle. The Commerce Department reported that... »
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“I'm hiding from the storm till the damage is done.” (Lauren Alaina) Storms damaged data on housing starts and building permits from August to September, while existing home sales edged higher. Hurricanes Harvey and... »
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Every HomeBridge Loan Originator gets access to a business-building suite of tools, strategies and support called HomeBridge Selling Solutions. The goals of Selling Solutions are simple: More Leads – We help you identify more... »
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