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Jump in New Home Sales Highest Since 2008

According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau, new single family home sales in June grew by 3.5%* over May, and 25.4%** over June 2015. The seasonally adjusted annual rate was 592,000 in June, and 572,000 was the revised rate in May. The rate in June …

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The EU Referendum, Brexit, and US Mortgage Rates

“The sudden stop in employment growth rules out any chance of a rate hike from the Fed at next week’s FOMC meeting, particularly now that the UK vote on whether to leave the European Union appears to be going down to the wire,” said Capital Economics Chief Economist Paul Ashworth.  (source: Housingwire.com) Britain’s exit from the …

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Is More Housing Inventory On The Horizon?

There has been a lot of talk about the rising value of houses in recent years. While some have expressed concern over another 2008 style housing bubble forming, we have dispelled this notion. While economics is a bit more complicated, most moves are the direct result of what you may have learned in school: supply and …

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Benchmark Loan Officer Competes on American Ninja Warrior

Meet Grant Clinton. Grant Clinton is a Loan Originator and Branch Manager in our awesome branch in Houston, TX! We are proud to announce that Grant will be competing as an American Ninja Warrior in the Oklahoma City Qualifier on June 20th!     THE OVERCOMER With an outstanding history as a gymnast, Grant Clinton was …

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DIY Self-Draining Bath Toy Storage

This post is inspired by: http://theinspiredhome.org/bath-toy-organization/ If you have a small child (or small children), you probably have “too many” bath toys, and would benefit from an easy-access storage system. Better yet, an easy-access storage system that drains automatically. Well, you’ve come to the right place. DIY Bath Toy Organizer This set up is great! Your …

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Build A Decorative Mug Plaque!

This post is inspired by: http://pennywisecook.com/diy-coffee-mug-holder/ If you rely on a cup of coffee or tea in the morning, you probably don’t keep it a secret. Let’s turn your favorite dish in the cupboard (the noble mug) into a centerpiece of pride! Have you ever wanted to show off your stunning collection of unique mugs? Do you …

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Build A Stylish Dog Food Station

This post is inspired by: http://addicted2diy.com/2015/07/31/diy-dog-food-station-with-storage/ While this may be a project for big dogs, you can certainly adapt the concept to fit your own adorable fur ball! This dog food station nests the food and water bowls into the top, so there is no chance of them being knocked around, or knocked over. Are you …

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Make Your Own Decorative Key Holder!

This post is inspired by: http://www.purplecarrotkc.com/2012/02/diy-frame-key-holder.html Do you love whimsical decorations? What about decorations that are also useful? If you have ever misplaced your keys, you may have tried to assign a place for them. The plan, anyway, is to always know where they are (at least when you’re home). Did it work? The best way to actually …

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Low Housing Inventory Driving Values Up

Many people may have been watching home values steadily rise over the past year, and notice that it isn’t slowing down. Another Housing Bubble? Is this the aftershocks of 2008? Has sub-prime lending made a comeback as the Federal Reserve has hesitated to raise interest rates? Are new homeowners soon to be upside down on …

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