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Housing News: Financing

Labor Day

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Gone are the days of ‘20% down or no mortgage.’ What could you build with the equity in your house?
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ARMs look very different in 2017 than in 2005, and their popularity is edging back up. Overall, home buyers have preferred FRMs over ARMs in the past decade.
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Reverse mortgages — pitched as a way to ‘age in place’ — are pushing more elderly homeowners into foreclosure
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On Aug. 30, 2017, the Bureau issued a detailed summary of changes and clarifications of the 2017 TILA-RESPA rule . The new summary outlines and explains the changes and clarifications set forth in the 2017 TILA-RESPA Rule.
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Mortgage-buyer Freddie Mac reports that the average rate on a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage fell to 3.82% this week from last week’s 3.86%.
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Interesting Housing News

 

Bathroom RemodelsBathroom Remodels… Here’s What’s HOT!
Need some inspiration for your bathroom remodel? Take a look at this year’s hottest projects:
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Future of NeighborhoodsWhat Does the Future Hold for Neighborhoods?
Residential life could soon be changing. From affordable housing to hyper-local food, the future of neighborhoods can be viewed across multiple sections.

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Low Interest RatesBuyers Expected to Flood Existing Home Market.
New homebuyers may rush the market to take advantage of mortgage rates while they’re low.

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Top 5 Design DestinationArchitectual Digest has named St. Petersburg one of the “Top 5 Design Destinations for December,”
St Pete joins such fashionable cities as Havana, Cuba; Buenos Aires; Berlin and San Sebastian, Spain.
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Kitchen TrendsNew Kitchen Construction and Color Trends in 2016.
New kitchens tend to have granite countertops, raised panel wood cabinets, and come with a standard set of appliances, such as cooktops & ranges, microwaves, dishwashers and garbage disposals. New kitchens also have white, multi-colored, or wood-based color themes, and are complemented by “stainless steel” appliances.
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