Mortgage updates!

This week I’m going to give you a few new updates and changes in the mortgage world! First – the Fed raised rates a .25% this week – this was expected and initially the reaction was positive. We’ll see how things go in the next few days. So don’t expect your rates to jump right.

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Wednesdays Unplugged – Holiday Cranberry Rollups

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” ~ Theodore Parker NOTE: I spend my Wednesdays Unplugged from appointments. It’s my day to stay home, enjoy cooking and welcome our kids and grandkids for dinner in the evening. We end our meal with quotes from the Norwegian ‘Quote Cup’ passed on to.

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Missing handrails are now a required repair in Minneapolis

Missing handrails just got upgraded to a must-fix item for homes in Minneapolis. This used to be rated as a “B”, now it’s an “RRE”. If you know what all that means, you can stop reading now. You have the Twitter version of the story. For everyone else, here’s the long version, from the beginning. Truth.

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Free eGuide – Things to Consider When Selling Your House

Are You Thinking About Selling Your House Soon? It’s difficult to know when is the best time to sell, or how to get the most money for your house, but you don’t need to go through the process alone. You may be wondering if prices are projected to rise or fall…or how much competition you.

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A 43-year Minneapolis holiday tradition

Award-winning Guthrie Theatre’s annual production of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is now in its 43rd year… but don’t think that if you have seen it before it is the same every year. It is constantly being updated, and this year it has been totally refreshed under the direction of Lauren Keating. My husband.

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Free eGuide – Things to Consider When Buying a Home

Thinking about buying a home? The process of buying a home can be overwhelming and scary, but you don’t need to go through it alone.   You may be wondering if now is a good time to buy a home…or if interest rates are projected to rise or fall. This free 23-page eGuide of will answer many.

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2018 Color of the Year… the Minnesota connection

When Pantone recently released its 2018 color of the year as ULTRA VIOLET it immediately made me think of Minnesota… think Prince and the Minnesota Vikings. But its significance extends far beyond that, communicating “originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.” In the words of Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the.

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Four reasons to buy a home this winter

Here are some reasons to buy this winter instead of waiting! Prices are going to continue to increase.  Fannie Mae increased their conforming loan limits after seeing that prices increased almost 7% from 2016.  There was also an increase from 2015 to 2016.  They are estimating an increase of about 4% in 2018. More than.

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Wednesdays Unplugged – Mom’s Apple Rum Dum

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien NOTE: I spend my Wednesdays Unplugged from appointments. It’s my day to stay home, enjoy cooking and welcome our kids and grandkids for dinner in the evening. We end our meal with quotes from the Norwegian.

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Fenix TK35UE 2018 Edition flashlight: a home inspector’s review

I tested out the brand new Fenix TK35UE 2018 edition flashlight as part of their Global Review campaign, and it’s a light cannon. Flashlights are dear to me and I’ve tried a ton of them, but I haven’t found a flashlight that I like more than my original Fenix TK35 flashlight that I got back.

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Average homebuyer down payments in Minneapolis and 4 other cities

“How much money do I need to put down to buy a house?” is often one of the first questions of potential homebuyers. According to data compiled by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), approximately 60% of homebuyers purchased their homes with a down payments of 6% or less. Median year-to-date sales price of all.

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Can I Decorate My Home for Christmas when It’s for Sale?

As a Home Stager I get that question a lot. There is a very short answer….Absolutely! Christmas is a widely celebrated holiday that most people understand. If it is your tradition I don’t feel that you need to put that aside just for selling your home. The potential buyer will most likely also celebrate and.

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Housing predictions for 2018

According to Realtor.com’s 2018 National Housing Forecast, next year could see some relief from the seemingly relentless housing inventory shortage we have been seeing in recent years. The predict a lower decline in the first part of the year to only a 4% nationwide drop below this year in March 2018… a big improvement from.

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Fannie Mae announces new loan limits

Fannie Mae announced new loan limits this week for mortgages. This is welcome news for homebuyers looking to buy in 2018. The new conforming loan limits for most of the US will be $453,100. Why does this matter? How does it help homebuyers? For those looking to buy, this will save money over a “jumbo”.

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