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Archives for November 2012

Nov 27

Which Is Better : 15-Year Fixed Rate Mortgage Or 30-Year Fixed Rate Mortgage?

As a home buyer or refinancing household in District of Columbia , you have choices with respect to your mortgage. You can choose a loan with accompanying discount points in exchange for lower mortgage rates; you can choose adjustable-rate loans over fixed rate ones; and, you can choose loans with principal + interest repayment schedules or repayments which are interest only, as examples. For borrowers using fixed rate loans, there's also the choice between the 30-year and 15-year fixed … [Read more...]

Nov 19

Federal Reserve : New Economic Stimulus May Be Warranted

The Federal Reserve released its October Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting minutes last week, revealing a Fed in disagreement about the future of the U.S. economy and about what, if any, stimulus may be warranted in the next 12 months. The "Fed Minutes" recaps the conversations and debates that transpire during an FOMC meeting, and is published 3 weeks after the meeting adjourns. According to the October minutes, FOMC members "generally agreed" that a housing recovery is under … [Read more...]

Nov 12

M Squared Real Estate Introduces New, Responsive Virtual Tours

  Leading independent, Washington DC brokerage firm M Squared Real Estate, introduces new Flash-less virtual tours 100% compatible with all browsers, smartphones & tablets. M Squared Real Estate, an official Metropolitan Regional Information Systems (MRIS) virtual tour vendor, is pleased to introduce new, “flashless” virtual tours which are produced for all company listings, at no charge to the firm’s agents, and syndicated to over 900 third-party real estate portals and … [Read more...]

Nov 09

For November : Home Maintenance To-Do List

The calendar has turned to November; the month during which we transition from fall into winter. With less sunlight, colder temperatures, and shorter days ahead for DC , it's an opportune time to cross those last-minute maintenance items off your homeowner to-do list. Practicing preventive care -- both inside and outside your home -- can save thousands of dollars in repairs come later this winter. What follows is a brief checklist to get you started. For outside the home : Inspect … [Read more...]

Nov 06

October Jobs Report Blows Away Estimates; Mortgage Rates Falling

  Another month, another good showing for the U.S. economy. Mortgage rates are performing surprisingly well after Friday's release of the October 2012 Non-Farm Payrolls report. The Bureau of Labor Statistics' monthly report beat Wall Street expectations, while also showing a giant revision to the previously-released job tallies of August and September. 171,000 net new jobs were created last month against calls for 125,000 and revisions for the two months prior totalled … [Read more...]