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The Mortgage Rate ‘Undo’: As Rates Drop To 4%, There Are Opportunities (And Caveats) For Homebuyers

Mortgage rates just hit the “undo” button. Already this year rates have reversed almost all of the increases that they saw in 2018. This has led to an increase in buying power for home shoppers, which is proving helpful now that home prices have rebounded to high levels once again. We have just seen the

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San Francisco Real Estate Home Prices, Sales & Statistics; Stock Markets; Interest Rates and Unicorns in Spring

A substantial portion of Q1 statistics reflect new listings and accepted offers occurring during the mid-winter market doldrums (Thanksgiving to mid-January). In November and December 2018, the stock market plunged drastically from its all-time high in September, and interest rates …

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Architects Share Top Kitchen And Bath Trends — Outdoor Kitchens Lead List

The American Institute of Architects just released its latest Home Design Trends Survey, reaching back to the fourth quarter of 2018 to focus on kitchens and baths, but its top finding couldn’t be more timely: Outdoor cooking spaces top the most-wanted list. Just in time for the Spring season when more Americans can use their outdoor

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‘Co-Living 2.0’ Reaches Beyond the Trendy Niche

Urban residents looking for a greater sense of community are credited as sparking the first wave of “co-living” arrangements—micro-spaces with shared kitchens and large communal areas. Co-living has mostly remained a niche living arrangement, but some housing experts say it’s evolving. Co-living is being reinvented to target older and richer demographics and is now being dubbed

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Fed Says It’s Done Raising Rates for This Year

The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday after its March meeting that it will leave its short-term interest rates unchanged and also signaled that it likely will not raise rates for the remainder of the year. This marks a sudden change to what had been five consecutive quarters of rate increases. Not only that, the Fed also

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Getting a Mortgage Becomes Easier for the Self-Employed

Americans who are self-employed and freelance or contract workers have long had to struggle to qualify for a mortgage compared with those with W-2 forms or pay stubs that lenders can use to verify their incomes. For the self-employed, the mortgage process can be time-consuming and cumbersome. Lenders often require extra paperwork, such as full

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