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By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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  Homebuilder confidence is higher for the third straight month this month. According to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, a combination of shrinking new home inventory plus higher-quality foot traffic is boosting builder optimism. November's confidence r...

By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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  If consumer spending is a key to economic recovery, the nation is on its way. Monday, the Census Bureau released national Retail Sales figures for October and, for the second straight month, the data surged past expectation. Last month's retail figures jumped 1.2 percent -- the largest monthly ...

By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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  The 2010-2011 Flu Season has started and the Center for Disease Control expects that the H1N1 influenza virus (i.e "Swine Flu") will play a large role in Longwood and worldwide, as in 2009-2010. Last year, the virus reached pandemic status -- the first time that's happened in 40 years. In publi...

By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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When shopping for a hazard insurance policy, something called "bundling" can actually save you quite a bit of money that most people aren't aware of. Many of the big insurance companies price their insurance rates to attract a particular segment of the market. They usually price their hazard insu...

By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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  According to October data from foreclosure-tracking firm RealtyTrac, foreclosure filings topped 300,000 for the 20th straight month last month as 1 in every 389 U.S. homes received a foreclosure filing. The generic term "foreclosure filing" is defined to include default notices, scheduled aucti...

By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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  It's getting tougher to get approved for a mortgage. Still. In its quarterly survey of senior loan officers around the country, the Federal Reserve asked whether "prime" residential mortgage guidelines" have tightened in the prior 3 months. A "prime" borrower typically carries a well-documented...

By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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After 3 straight months of improvement, the Pending Home Sales Index slid lower in September. As compared to August, September's reading fell 2 percent. A "pending home sale" is a home under contract to sell, but not yet closed. The data is drawn from a combination of local real estate associatio...

By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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  The 1937 opening of the Fresno Municipal Sanitary Landfill marked the birth of the modern landfill. Today, transporting and burying garbage is a $50 billion annual business with an estimated 3,000 landfills in operation across the country, plus an additional 10,000 municipal "dump" sites. A rec...

By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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Mortgage rates have been falling since April, shedding more than 1 percentage point since the Refi Boom began. Today, that momentum could lose some steam. The Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the October jobs report at 8:30 A.M. ET. With a stronger-than-expected reading, mortgage rates should ...

By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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  Today, the Federal Open Market Committee voted 9-to-1 to leave the Fed Funds Rate unchanged within in its target range of 0.000-0.250 percent. In its press release, the FOMC noted that, since September's meeting, the pace of economic and job growth "continues to be slow".  Housing starts are "d...

By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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  The Federal Reserve ends a scheduled, 2-day meeting today. It's the seventh of 8 scheduled Fed meetings in 2010, and the eighth overall this year. The Fed held an unscheduled meeting May 9, 2010. When today's meeting adjourns, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke & Co. will publish a formal statement with...

By Rob Arnold, Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F
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October 2010 was an interesting month as headline after headline kept coming about the impact of foreclosure paperwork problems caused by questionable bank and foreclosure attorney activities.  Nevertheless, our office sold some 30 properties in Central Florida last month.  Despite the headlines,...

By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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  This week marks the start of the Refi Boom's 7th month across Florida ; rates have been falling since early-April 2010. Whether you're looking to refinance or buy a home, however, know that not everyone will qualify for today's low rates. Mortgage approvals are primarily based on......   Read t...

By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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  The amount of air that leaks from the seams of a typical home is the same amount of air that would escape through an open window. It's why home care experts recommend a routine caulking of a.......   Read the COMPLETE BLOG POST HERE: Caulking Made Simple With "Caulk Singles"

By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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  Foreclosures are a big part of the housing market, with distressed properties accounting for 35 percent of all home resales last month, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. But for as common as foreclosures can be, they remain a localized concern. Data from foreclosure-tracking f...

By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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  In the same week that the National Association of REALTORS reported home resales up 10 percent in September, the U.S. Census Bureau reported similarly strong results for the new construction market.  After improving 1 percent in August, New Home Sales popped another 7 percent in September. It's...

By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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  Consistent with the most recent Case-Shiller Index, the government's Home Price Index said home prices rose between July and August.  The Federal Home Finance Agency's data showed values up 0.4 percent nationwide, on average. Region-by-region, however, the results were scattered. Coastal states...

By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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  Existing home sales jumped 10 percent in September, the biggest monthly jump on record and a signal that the housing market may be returning to a normal sales pattern post-$8,000 federal tax credit. Existing Home Sales counts home resales (i.e. not new construction) and 80 percent of........   ...

By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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31 percent of homeowners say "cleaning window blinds" is their least favorite household chore. Perhaps that's because they haven't seen how simple blind-cleaning can be. In this 2-minute video from HowCast, you'll learn the basics of...... Read the COMPLETE BLOG POST HERE: How To Clean Window Blinds

By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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30-year fixed mortgage rates rose last week, marking the first time in a month that rates failed to fall week-to-week. The data sources from Freddie Mac, one of the government's major mortgage securitizers and a sister entity to Fannie Mae. Each week, Freddie Mac collects mortgage rate data from...

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