Things to Consider in a Refinance Market

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By now, the phone calls and junk mail are coming from lenders you’ve never heard of. Your loan servicing company is leaving messages. Sponsored ads are popping up all over your web-browser and social-media platforms daily. Post cards are disguised as coming from your original lender, but in the small print at the bottom, there’s […]

Housing Starts Beat Forecast

Economists were predicting that September would be the sixth straight month to have more than 1 million housing starts — a sign of sustained recovery in the market. However, the numbers even surpassed expectations  The economists polled by Reuters had been expecting 1.15 million units for September, and the actual number came in at 1.206 — […]

Are You 1 of The Million on Solar?

Everyone knows that solar power hasn’t become mainstream. Still, with all the talk of renewable energy and global warming, it’s a little shocking how _really_ not mainstream it’s been: as recently as 2006, there were only 30,000 homes with solar panels. But solar may finally be “crossing the chasm” from a technology perspective. In the […]

A Second Housing Bubble?

This blog has written a few times over the last months on the influx of foreign capital into the U.S. housing market. This weekend, the major news sources are covering that again, because of the new statistic that almost 50% of these purchases are all cash. But, what is actually happening to the market as […]

Are You Under-Insulated?

First, two caveats: with current prices down, probably not many of you are worried about the cost of energy; and consider the source (the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association contributed a lot to the article). That said,, Dr. Jonathan Levy, professor of environmental health at Boston University School of Public Health, believes that nationally we […]