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By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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Supermarket aisles in the Longwood area are filled with specialty cleansers -- some for the kitchen, some for the bathroom, some for the carpets. Loaded with chemicals, these cleansers can be tough on......   Read the COMPLETE BLOG POST HERE: White Distilled Vinegar : An Environmentally-Friendly Home Cleaning Solution  
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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When adjustable-rate mortgages are on the verge of adjusting, a common concern among homeowners is that their mortgage rates will adjust higher. Well, this year, because of the math of how ARMs adjust, homeowners in Lake Mary and around the country are seeing that mortgage rates on ARMs can sometimes adjust lower, too. Adjusting conforming mortgages are adjusting to as low as 3 percent. As a quick review, here's the timeline for..........   Read the COMPLETE BLOG POST HERE: Your ARM Is Adjusting Lower. Is There A Downside To Letting It?
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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The private-sector Case-Shiller Index reported home values up 5 percent nationwide in June. The government's own Home Price Index, however, reached a different conclusion. According to the Federal Home Finance Agency, month-to-month home values fell 0.3 percent in June, and values are down by 1.7 percent from June 2009. So, as a home buyer and/or homeowner in........   Read the COMPLETE BLOG POST HERE: Which Model Is More Accurate : The Case-Shiller Index Or The Home Price Index?
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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Just one week after reports of Existing Home Sales and New Home Sales plunging, the housing market is signaling that auturm may fare better than did summer. The number of homes under contract to sell rose 5 percent in July. The data comes from the July Pending Home Sales Index, as published by the National Association of Realtors®. By definition, a "pending home sales" is a......   Read the COMPLETE BLOG POST HERE: Home Sales Are Back On The Rise After A 2-Month Pullback  
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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  There's plenty of reasons to want to change a showerhead in your head. Perhaps you're trying to fix a leak in the faucet; or, remodeling your bathroom; or, trying to conserve water via a low-flow showerhead.  Whatever the reason, changing a.......   Read the COMPLETE BLOG POST HERE: How To Change A Showerhead
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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On the first Friday of each month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases Non-Farm Payrolls data for the month prior.  The data is more commonly called "the jobs report" and it's a major factor in setting mortgage rates for residents of Florida and homeowners everywhere. Especially today, considering the economy. This is because.........   Read the COMPLETE BLOG POST HERE:   August 2010 Jobs Report Pushes Mortgage Rates Higher    
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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Home affordability took a slight hit this week after the Federal Reserve's release of its August 10 meeting minutes. The "Fed Minutes" is a lengthy, detailed recap of a Federal Open Market Committee meeting, not unlike the minutes published after a corporate conference, or condo association gathering. The Federal Reserve publishes its meeting minutes 3 weeks after a FOMC get-together. The minutes are lengthy, too. At 6,181 words, August's Fed Minutes is thick with data about the economy, its current threats, and its deeper strengths. The minutes also recount the conversations that, ultimately, shape our nation's monetary policy. It's for this reason that mortgage rates are rising. Wall Street didn't see much from the Fed that warranted otherwise. Among the Fed's observations......   Rea...
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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According to the Standard & Poors Case-Shiller Index, home values rose 5 percent in June versus the month prior.................. Read the COMPLETE BLOG POST HERE: Case-Shiller Posts 16th Straight Month Of Home Price Improvement  
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http://notaries.dos.state.fl.us/not001.html is the link to searh for a Notary in Florida.     We offer FREE Notary Service for our clients and friends at our office in Altamonte Springs. Richard Shuman Florida Wholesale Realty Corp & American Mortgage 860 North SR 434   Suite 1005  Altamonte Springs FL 32714  
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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  Mortgage rates are low right now but pinning them down this week could be a challenge. As Labor Day Weekend nears and Wall Streeters take their head-start on the holiday, trading volume will fall, which will cause mortgage rates in Florida to get jumpy. As mortgage rates change, so......   Read the COMPLETE BLOG POST HERE: Mortgage Rates May Be Low, But They're Tough To Pin Down -- Especially This Week  
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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With Labor Day looming, the autumn and winter months aren't far behind. It's a good time to reflect on your home's heating and cooling costs, and take steps to lower your energy bills. Finding air leaks may be a perfect first project. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, up to 30 percent can be cut from a home's energy costs just by.......   Read the COMPLETE BLOG POST HERE: How To Reduce Home Energy Costs By Sealing Air Leaks  
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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With home prices holding firm and mortgage rates still dropping, home affordability is reaching new heights. According to the quarterly Home Opportunity Index as published by the National Association of Home Builders, more than 72 percent of all new and existing homes sold between April-June 2010 were affordable to families earning the national median income. It's a slightly higher reading as compared to......   Read the COMPLETE BLOG POST HERE: Home Affordability Rankings For 225 Metropolitan Statistical Areas
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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One day after the National Association of Realtors released the softest Existing Home Sales report since 1995, the U.S. Census Bureau released a similarly-weak New Home Sales report. Americans bought just 276,000 newly-built homes in July. That marks the fewest units sold since the government started keeping records in 1963. In addition, although new home inventory actually dropped 2,000 units in July, the slowing sales pace still managed to......   Read the COMPLETE BLOG POST HERE: New Home Sales Drop In July -- Just Like Existing Home Sales  
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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The number of home resales plunged by 1.4 million units in July, according to the National Association of Realtors®' Existing Home Sales report. It's a drop of 27 percent from June; single-family home resales are at the report's lowest levels since May 1999. Furthermore, because of.......   Read the COMPLETE BLOG POST HERE: Existing Home Sales Plummet In July; Home Buyers Gain Leverage
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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The tightening in mortgage-lending policies that characterized the last 3 years appears to be slowing. According to the Federal Reserve's quarterly survey of senior bank loan officers, roughly 1 in 10 lenders added mortgage qualification hurdles between April and June. It's a......   Read the COMPLETE BLOG POST HERE: Bank Mortgage Lending Policies Appear To be Easing  
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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Over time, the grout in a shower can become dirty and discolored, and start to separate from its grout lines. This is a potentially dangerous condition for a home because broken grout lines allow water to seep into the walls, which can then lead to.......   Read the COMPLETE BLOG POST HERE: How To Re-Grout And Caulk Bathroom Tiles
By Rob Arnold, Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F
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By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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Another week, another new low for conforming mortgage rates.  In fact, this week marks the 9th time in a row it's happened. Mortgage rates are (again) at their lowest levels in history. The data comes from the......   Read the COMPLETE BLOG POST HERE: Mortgage Rates Make New Lows For The 9th Week In A Row
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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How much does a mortgage cost? The answer depends on where you live. But no matter which your locale, chances are strong that you'll pay more for a mortgage in 2010 as compared to 2009. According to Bankrate.com and its.....   Read the COMPLETE BLOG POST HERE: How Much Should You Expect To Pay In Mortgage Closing Costs?
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
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Sometimes, you need to look deeper than the headlines to get the news that matters. This basic truth's latest example comes from the July Housing Starts data, as published by the U.S. Census Bureau. According to the......   Read the COMPLETE BLOG POST HERE: Single-Family Housing Starts Fade In July

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