Mortgage interest rates are expected to rise the rest of this year, and the increase will likely again curb refinancings and affect move-up home buyers.
The Mortgage Bankers Association projects the 30-year fixed rate to increase to 4.5 percent in 2014 and then possibly over 5 percent.Neither higher interest rates nor fewer refis are expected to have a significant impact on housing starts or home...
When Ray Kroll took the economic development job in Karnes County, Texas a few years ago, the property value of the entire county was around $500 million.Now, thanks to the Eagle Ford shale play, the property tax rolls have jumped to $1.3 billion.“To think that you would use the b-word in conjunction with Karnes County is just crazy,” Kroll said. “We’re talking in billions and not millions.”P...
Guide To Packing Your Kitchen
it comes to packing for a move, most people dread the kitchen, with all the
dishes, appliances, and odds and ends crammed onto shelves. And it’s
not a job you can rush through, because if you’re not careful in your packing,
you risk finding broken dishes and shattered wine glasses when you open the
boxes in your new place.
The place with the highest number of people moving in rather than leaving: Washington, D.C., according to a report by the moving company United Van Lines.
“Corporations have been steadily expanding in Washington, as more companies -- especially defense contractors, banks, pharmaceuticals and health care providers -- open branch offices to be closer to the federal government, which is the source ...
A report released by the Texas Association of Realtors (TAR) showed that Texas is a national leader in relocation activity and a sought-after location for households moving from other states.According to TAR's Texas Relocation Report, which analyzes 2010 data, 10,326 more households moved to Texas than moved from. Bexar County had the largest net inflow in Texas and the fourth largest net inflow o...
Recently I represented the home at 7714 BURNING HILLS DRIVE in MAPLEWOOD WEST. The home was under contract within 30 days, and closed about 45 days later. All in all, it was a successful sale -- though some financing delays forced the closing to extend two days further than originally anticipated. By working together - and keeping everyone informed throughout the process - we were...
Maximizing Your Minimal Space – Storage &
A chief complaint amongst homeowners
and renters alike is a lack of, or disappointment with, the available space in
their home. Living in close quarters can be enough to make anyone go a little
nutty, especially when those quarters contain a growing family, pets and an
accumulation of stuff that seems to be perpetually in...
To many parents, the process of keeping kids' rooms clean never
seems to end. And while a kid's room may never look quite like the
perfect rooms in magazines, a few clever solutions can make it
easier to get -- and keep -- toys, books and clothes more organized
for open houses and showings.
If your child's room is small or doesn't have a lot of built in
Relocation packages for employees moving to a new job or relocating to a new city don’t contain as many perks as they once did, reflecting the still struggling housing market. Guaranteed buyouts of executives’ homes aren’t as common nowadays as homes lag longer on the market and companies don’t want to get stuck owning them.
Prior to the housing crisis, companies "were much more willi...
Only 16 percent of the nation’s population lives in a rural area -- the lowest on record, the Associated Press reports. The previous low of 20 percent was reached in 2000. The rural population has continued to drop over the years and is expected to fall even further as the U.S. population increases from 309 million to 400 million by mid-century and more people set up roots in cities and suburbs,...
Traditionally when Americans retired, they would make big cross-country moves or head south to Sunbelt states. But times have changed and now more seniors are opting to stay put or make a short-distance move.
Indeed, only 1.6 percent of retirees between the age of 55 and 65 moved across state lines in 2010, according to an analysis of Census Bureau data.
Florida once was the retiree ...
Foreclosures hit minorities the hardest, a study by the Center for Responsible Lending reported after a study.Of borrowers who received loans between 2005 and 2008, 8 percent of both African-American and Hispanic borrowers lost their homes to foreclosures, compared to 4.5 percent of non-Hispanic whites, the study said.Of total home owners, 17 percent of Hispanics lost their homes or are at imminen...
Moving Day Checklist
Moving home can be very exciting, but also very
stressful at the same time. If you are methodical and organized you can make
the transition easier and save time too.
Once you have exchanged contracts, you can decide
on a completion and moving date. In this interim period, begin throwing away
all that junk from the attic, shed and garage you ...
As if moving wasn't already stressful enough, now consumers are being warned to
watch out for illegal moving companies that may be out to take a person's
personal belongings on a permanent vacation.As the spring break moving season gears up, state and moving industry officials
cautioned Texans to do their homework before hiring a moving company and
encouraged the law enforcement commu...