• Are you having a baby? Here’s a handy, downloadable PDF with a list of 50 essential items you’ll need for your new baby. Whether you’re sorting through your baby shower gifts or drafting your shopping list, these tips may help you figure out what you need most.

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  • Although vacationing during the cold winter months is exciting, it’s important to take care of all the mundane details before leaving your home for a significant amount of time. Nobody wants to worry about the safety of their home while vacationing, and you won’t have to if you take these steps.

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  • Characterized by bright colors, woven fabrics and handcrafted pieces, southwestern-style decorating takes influences from Native American, Spanish and Mexican art. Whether you live out west and want your home to reflect your surroundings, or you simply want to incorporate colorful or handmade items into your existing decor, here are some tips to help you...

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House Price Index Expected to Show Decline – Market Update

House Price Index Expected to Show Decline – Market Update

Bonds are rallying following this morning’s employment reports. Both initial jobless claims and continuing claims came in higher than expected. The February House Price Index will be released this morning and is expected to show a decline of -0.3 percent month-over-month. The expected drop would bring the index to a 7 year low, indicating that home prices have fallen back to early 2004 levels.

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Consumer Alert: Beware Companies Posing as Quicken Loans!

Consumer Alert: Beware Companies Posing as Quicken Loans!

Fake Quicken Loans Offers Advertised and Sent as Email or FAX We’ve become aware of fraudulent activity regarding newspaper advertisements and mailers being sent by companies posing as Quicken Loans. Please view this sample of a scam FAX. Please note: We’ll never ask for an upfront deposit to be sent through a Western Union wire transfer, and we don’t offer personal loans – only mortgages. If you’ve received an offer like this, please contact us at: (800) 863-4332. Click here to see sample of fraudulent document and classified ad. Other false ads are below.     [divider]

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Housing Data Released This Week – Market Update

Housing Data Released This Week – Market Update

Treasuries opened higher this morning on speculation that Greece will be unable to avoid a debt default. Later this morning, the National Association of Home Builders will be releasing their April housing market index which is expected to be unchanged. S&P just revised the U.S. long-term outlook from a stable rating to negative…mortgage-backed bonds initially sold off approximately a quarter point from this morning’s open.

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Top 10 Cities for Veterans

Top 10 Cities for Veterans

This week was Military Families Week! In observance of the hard work that our military and their families do, we wanted to share some helpful information about great places to live and work after the military. There was an article published this week on AOL’s Jobs section talking about 10 great cities for veterans. It looks at features such as the job market, accessibility to military support and services, cost of living, education, and local tax laws, among other things. Advantages of a VA Loan For military families who are thinking about purchasing a home, there are also great programs and tax benefits available. According to IRS website, members of the miliary have until April 30th to claim the Homebuyer Tax Credit, which is an $8,000 tax credit or 10% of the home purchase price – whichever is smaller. Repeat buyers are eligible for a $6,500 credit or 10% of the purchase price. In addition, VA Loans have other advantages such as no down payment options and a streamlined process. Here is the summarized list of the best cities for veterans. Please check out the full article on AOL Jobs. The Top 10 Cities for Veterans: Austin, Texas Fayetteville, North Carolina Jacksonville, North Carolina Waco, Texas Oklahoma City, Oklahoma College Station-Bryan, Texas Harrisburg- Carlisle, Pennsylvania San Angelo, Texas Madison, Wisconsin Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania You can read the full article here – http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2011/04/12/top-10-cities-to-find-a-job-after-the-military/?icid=maing-grid7|main5|dl11|sec1_lnk2|55881 Please leave us a message with your thoughts!

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