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2014 Conventional Conforming Loan Limits

3189 5th1croppedI wanted to pass along some mortgage information and a substantial change we may all be seeing in the New Year. The Conventional Conforming Loan Limits are always a hot topic this time of year, but this year more than most years. This is because Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac may be lowering 2014 Conventional Loan Limits. This will be the first time they have been lowered since 1990.

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Hurricanes and Floods – How They Impact the Housing Market

Hurricane Sandy was one of the worst natural disasters the East Coast has ever seen.  Thousands of people were left homeless after this category 3 Storm terrorized the coastal regions of New York, New Jersey, and other coastal states.  The aftermath of the storm left thousands in need of housing, causing the housing market to go into turmoil. (more…)...

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Renting vs. Buying; Cost No Longer an Excuse For Choosing to Rent

5229 Pierre St1When thinking about a home, the question always arises, “Rent or buy?” And while situations vary, as do markets and the economics that go into determining that answer, one of those solutions seems to relentlessly prevail. At the end of the day, buying a home means ownership and investment and it could also mean a smaller price tag, making it the smarter financial answer. (more…)...

Contingencies and ‘As Is’ Sales: 2 Types of Risky Buying

1740 Oak Ave  croppedIdeally, a homeowner would sell their property before investing in a new one. However, sometimes a situation arises where people find their dream property or deal and want to buy it before selling the home they are in. (more…)...

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The Hard Money Lending Process

2925 4th St FrontYou want to put an offer down in the hot housing market and your next step is finding the funds. A hard money lender that's the real deal can be a challenge to locate, but it may be the best option to finance your flip. (more…)...

Boosting Your Investment; The Walk Score and Your Home

2105 11th St1Aside from a natural luxury, walkability and location correlate highly with a price of a home. A house that is in close proximity to restaurants, shops, or cafes will yield a higher appraisal than a house of a comparable market value elsewhere. And now, what many buyers are looking at for urban homes is a tangible number; the walkability score.(more…)...

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U.S. Housing Market to Remain Positive Through the End of the Year

1425 King Ave The Quick FactsWith new home sales up 38% from last year, it is more than evident that the U.S. Housing recovery is continuing to improve. In fact, a five-year high was reached in June, according to the Commerce Department. According to the National Association of Realtors, previously owned homes are continuing to sell at rates 15% higher than last year.

The SAVE Act: Making Homes Efficient and Affordable

For many Americans, owning energy efficient homes is just a dream. While the idea appeals to many, the cost of installing energy efficient equipment can be expensive, and as a result, unavailable to the majority of Americans.(more…)...

Summer Projections for the Boulder, CO Real Estate Market

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Everyone can agree that Colorado is one of the most beautiful places to live in the country. With snow-capped mountains gracing the scenery, excellent schools, and a welcoming atmosphere, it’s one of the most desirable places to raise a family. Read Full StoryComments { 3 }

History of US Mortgage Rates and Encouragement to Purchase New Homes

The following is a guest post by Tiffany Swisher, a Home Mortgage Consultant for Colorado Mortgage Alliance 

Recently we have all been rattled by the sudden increase in mortgage rates, but we should not be. Since the Federal Reserve have been dropping the interest rate, which directly relates to our mortgage rates and PRIME RATE we have been told it is only a short fix and to expect interest rates to go back up.Unfortunately or fortunately, however you choose to look at it, the Fed’s have kept interest rates extremely low for about 4 years straight and we have accepted these rates as the norm. Historically speaking the interest rates we were taking out over 4 years ago, 6%, before...