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Sep 11

Simple Tips To Keep Your FICO High

For today's home buyers and refinancing households, the value of "good credit" has never been higher. Mortgage approvals hinge on your FICO score, as does your final mortgage pricing. If you're shopping for a home in DC , therefore, or contemplating a refinance, be aware of how everyday credit behaviors can affect your FICO. Even small events can make a big impact. Here are some common-sense steps to help improve your credit score. First, keep a "cushion" on your credit cards. 30 … [Read more...]

Sep 10

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week : September 10, 2012

Mortgage markets worsened slightly in last week's holiday-shortened week. As expected, Wall Street took its cues from Europe and from the U.S. jobs market, and mortgage rates moved across a wide range. Home buyers in DC and would-be refinancing households were greeted with wildly varying mortgage rates, depending on which day they loan-shopped. According to Freddie Mac's weekly mortgage rate survey, 30-year fixed rate mortgage rates averaged 3.55% nationwide last week, with an accompanying … [Read more...]

Sep 04

Join M Squared Real Estate at Agent Reboot, Washington DC

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Aug 31

Mortgage Rates Drop For The First Time In 4 Weeks

After 4 weeks of rising costs, DC mortgage rates finally recede. According to Freddie Mac's weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the average 30-year fixed rate mortgage rate dropped 7 basis points to 3.59% this week. Depending on where you live, however, you may find that your offered mortgage rates varies. Freddie Mac's "published rate" is a national average based on a survey of more 125 banks. The rates you receive as an individual vary by bank, and vary by region. Mortgage … [Read more...]

Aug 29

M Squared Real Estate Partners with Floor Plan Visuals

  M Squared Real Estate announces partnership with Floor Plan Visuals, providing “one-click” floor plan services for all company listings. Effective immediately, M Squared consultants can schedule floor plan services for their listings, at a reduced rate, with “one click” on the company’s intranet.  The work orders are processed by the brokerage’s internal marketing department and fulfilled by Floor Plan Visuals, the nation’s leading Floor Plan visualization Company. Best of … [Read more...]

Aug 21

Single-Family Housing Starts Remain Strong

The market for newly-built homes remains strong. As reported by the U.S. Census Bureau, July featured 502,000 single-family housing starts nationwide on a seasonally-adjusted, annualized basis, marking the fourth straight month during which single-family starts posted north of one-half million. The last time this milestone occurred was in the four months ending April 2010 -- the last month of that year's federal home buyer tax credit. A "housing start" is a home on which construction … [Read more...]

Aug 06

Clever Ways To Reduce Household Water Usage

How well do you conserve water? The government's EPA estimates that the average family of four uses 146,000 gallons of water per year, at a cost of $700. With just a few small changes, however, that cost could drop by as much as 28%. You'll save on more than just your water bill, too. You may save on District of Columbia taxes. This is because water management is often handled at the municipal level and as water usage grows, so does the need for costly investment in water treatment and … [Read more...]

Jul 25

Home Values Rise 0.8% In May 2012

The housing market's bottom is 9 months behind us. Home values continue to climb nationwide. According to the Federal Home Finance Agency's Home Price Index, home values rose 0.8% in May on a monthly, seasonally-adjusted basis. May's reading marks the sixth time in seven months that home values rose. Values are now higher by 4 percent since the market's October 2011 bottom. As a DC home buyer or seller, though, it's important to understand what the Home Price Index measures. Or, more … [Read more...]

Jun 22

Housing Starts Up 26% In Last 12 Months

Sometimes, the housing data headlines tell just half the tale. The stories on May's Housing Starts figures are proving to be a terrific illustration. Tuesday, the Census Bureau released its monthly Housing Starts report. A "housing start" is a home on which construction has started. The report is separated by property type with a separate count for single family homes such as detached residences and town homes; for multiple-unit homes such as 2-unit, 3-unit and 4-unit structures; and, for … [Read more...]

May 24

New Home Sales Rise For 7th Month Out Of 8

The April New Home Sales report suggests that the market for newly-built homes is as strong as the market for existing ones. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of new homes sold rose 3.3 percent in April to a seasonally-adjusted, annualized 343,000 units sold -- its second-highest reading since April 2010. April 2010 marked the last month of that year's federal home buyer tax credit program. April's New Home Sales data also marks the 7th of eight consecutive months during which the … [Read more...]